Past LTI Events

November 11- 12, 2020

WorldCC Global Academic Symposium. 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:15 pm (CST)

This month’s topic is:  
Autonomous Systems Failures: Who is Legally and Morally Responsible?

Description: In 2018, an Uber self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Investigations revealed flaws in the vehicle’s self-driving mechanisms and Uber’s safety culture. Uber quickly agreed to a settlement of civil claims with the pedestrian’s family. But while Uber was cleared of criminal charges, the vehicle’s safety driver was charged with negligent homicide in September 2020.

As artificial intelligence is woven into more facets of life, who should be legally and morally responsible for failures and other negative consequences to individuals and society? This panel will explore the legal, technological, and societal implications of assigning responsibility for autonomous systems failures.

Join us to begin this important conversation with Ryan Calo, Madeleine Clare Elish, and Todd Murphey in a virtual panel forum moderated by Dan Linna.

Speakers will include: 

  • Todd Murphey, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences @Northwestern University;
  • Ryan Calo, Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Professor @University of Washington School of Law;
  • Madeleine Clare Elish, Senior Research Scientist @Google.
  • Moderated by Dan Linna, Senior Lecturer and Director of Law and Technology Initiatives at Northwestern University.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Please join us for the Northwestern Law and Technology Initiative monthly meeting, talks, and networking at 12:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) on Thursday, October 22. We will meet online from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., with networking afterwards (1:00 to 1:30 p.m.). There is no charge to attend, but you must register. Please contact Dan Linna with any questions.  

This month’s topic is:  
Impact of COVID-19 and the Future of BigLaw Firms

COVID-19 has resulted in all industries rethinking the way they conduct business. Please join Terri Mascherin, a partner at Jenner & Block, and James Sprayregen, a restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis, as they discuss the ways large law firms are innovating, adopting technology, and adapting during these challenging times. The panelists will discuss not only how law firms have responded to COVID-19 but also how the pandemic has presented new opportunities for innovation and technology adoptionDaniel B. Rodriguez, a professor and the former dean at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, will moderate this discussion. 

Speakers will include: 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Please join us for the Northwestern Law and Technology Initiative monthly meeting, talks, and networking at 12:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) on Thursday, September 17. We will meet online from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., with networking afterwards (1:00 to 1:30 p.m.). There is no charge to attend, but you must register. 

Legal PredictionPossibilities and Pitfalls

An increasing number of law firms are using data analytics to predict outcomes in legal matters. During this session, Megan EIrwin and James C. Yoon will provide concrete examples of legal prediction in law firms today. Diana J. Koppang will present a study comparing data retrieved across legal analytics platforms. The speakers will discuss the possibilities and potential pitfalls for using legal analytics in the future. 

Speakers will include: 
· Megan E. Irwin, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 
· Diana J. Koppang, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg 
· James C. Yoon, Wilson Sonsini 

Friday, March 6, 2020
Technology at Society’s Frontier: Framing the Big Legal Issues, Northwestern University, San Francisco Campus 

As technology advances, can the law keep pace? Technology today raises many important legal questions. Should we use antitrust law to reign in tech platforms? How do we protect and balance free speech interests in a digital world? What can we learn from efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies? Rather than regulate in reaction to technology advancements, can law play a more proactive role to ensure that products and platforms respect human rights and democratic principles and comply with the law by design and default? Join us for a robust discussion about these topics and more. Learn more about our panel and discussions.


Thursday, March 12, 2020 (POSTPONED - TO BE RESCHEDULED)
Lawyer Ethics, Artificial Intelligence, and Evaluating Legal Technology 

Please join us for the Northwestern Law and Technology Initiative monthly meeting, talks, and networking reception at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 (POSTPONED). We will meet from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Room RB150 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, with a networking reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but you must register. Space is limited. 

An increasing number of lawyers and organizations use data analytics, technology tools, and artificial intelligence to deliver legal services. In doing so, what’s required of lawyers to fulfill their ethical obligations, including competence, reasonable fees, supervision, client communication, and confidentiality? Our speakers will lead an engaging discussion in four parts: 

  • Overview of Lawyer Ethics and Legal Technology - Dr. Paul D. Paton, former Dean of Law and the Thomas W. Lawlor QC Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law 
  • Legal Data Sources and Analytics Challenges - Diana J. Koppang, Director of Research & Competitive Intelligence, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP 
  • AI and Confidentiality - Wendy Muchman, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Evaluating Legal Technology - Daniel W. Linna Jr., Director of Law and Technology Initiatives & Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. CST
Innovation Lab Law and Technology Demos

Where: Online on Zoom 

Interested in how technologies such as artificial intelligence can improve legal services? Join Northwestern Law and Northwestern Engineering for the Innovation Lab “Law and Technology” Demos. Find out more about our program.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from noon to 1:00 p.m. CST
Michael Genesereth "Computational Law - The Cop in the Backseat" 

Where: Online 

Michael Genesereth, Stanford computer science professor, will speak about computational law on June 3 from noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time in connection with the Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering
Computer Science CS+X Colloquium

Abstract: Computational Law is a branch of Legal Informatics concerned with the codification of rules and regulations in computable form. From a philosophical point of view, Computational Law is most closely associated with the formalist school of jurisprudence. From a practical point of view, it is the basis for the implementation and deployment of computer systems capable of doing useful legal calculations, such as compliance checking, legal planning, and so forth. Computational Law has the potential to dramatically change the legal profession, improving the quality and efficiency of legal services and possibly disrupting the way law firms do business. More broadly, the technology has the potential to bring legal understanding and legal tools to everyone in society, not just legal professionals, thus enhancing access to justice and improving the legal system as a whole.


Biography: Michael Genesereth is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and a professor by courtesy in the Stanford Law School. He received his Sc.B. in Physics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Genesereth is most known for his work on Computational Logic and applications of that work in Enterprise Management, Computational Law, and General Game Playing. He is the director of the Logic Group at Stanford and the founder and research director of CodeX - the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.