The Three Forms of (Legal) Prediction: Experts, Crowds + Algorithms (Updated Version of Presentation)

Legal Tech Asia – Hong Kong 2016

It was a great pleasure to deliver the opening keynote at LegalTech Asia 2016 here at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong.  The event draws leading legal professionals from across the Asia-Pacific region. It was a great to connect with everyone as part of a global conversation directed toward moving the profession forward!

Quantitative Methods for Lawyers – Course Materials – Professor Daniel Martin Katz

http://www.quantitativemethodsclass.com/Quantitative Methods for Lawyers is the first course in a two course sequence and it assumes no prior knowledge of statistics / quantitative thinking.  You will learn basic concepts and will receive an introduction to R (the open source programming language which is lingua franca of statistical computing).   Those with a prior knowledge of statistics, etc. might be advised to simply start with our Legal Analytics course (which is a primer in machine learning / advanced analytics for lawyers that I teach with Michael Bommarito).

Google Just Open Sourced TensorFlow, Its Artificial Intelligence Engine (via Wired)

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 8.55.38 AMObviously this move is pretty significant for those trying to sell machine learning in a SAAS style model / machine learning as a service (ML_AAS).  Together with the significant amount of ML technology that is already in the opensource ecosystem – this will put more pressure on customization / configuration around problems with a much smaller premium on having access to certain forms of base models/algorithms.

LexPredict – Empowering the Future of Legal Decision Making

LexPredict is an enterprise legal technology and consulting firm, specializing in the application of best-in-class processes and technologies from the technology, financial services, and logistics industries to the practice of law, compliance, insurance, and risk management.

We focus on the goals of prediction, optimization, and risk management to enable holistic organizational changes that empower legal decision-making. These changes span people and processes, software and data, and execution and education.

Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop on Big Data / Legal Analytics / Legal Informatics

Screenshot 2015-10-29 13.45.15Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in the Thomson Reuters Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop on Big Data.  The half day workshop explored various way that law firms and outside counsel can use data to be better lawyers and run better businesses.

Here is the information for my panel (below) and the full program is located here.

Few business trends are as simultaneously revered, derided, appreciated or ignored as that of big data. Used (somewhat flippantly) to describe large, complex data sets that resist traditional data processing applications, big data represents both a beginning and end for many professional industries ill- prepared to harness big data’s myriad benefits and value. This opening conversation lays the framework for our program by addressing four key questions and concerns:

  • What is big data?
  • Why should we use it?
  • Where does it lie within a business organization?
  • How do we identify ROI and value in big data investment?

Moderator:
John FernandezUS Chief Innovation Officer and Partner Dentons; Global Chair, NextLaw Labs

Panelists:
Justin Ergler
Director, Alternative Fee Intelligence and Analytics, GlaxoSmithKline
Daniel Martin KatzAssociate Professor of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law; Chief Strategy Officer, LexPredict
Michael S. Klastava – Vice President, Global Head of Legal Data & Analytics, American International Group, Inc.
Christopher ZornLiberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science and Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University; Principal, Quantitative Analysis, Lawyer Metrics

Fin (Legal) Tech – Law’s Future from Finance’s Past (Katz + Bommartio)