Legal Services Corporation’s 2017 Technology Initiative Grants Conference
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Thursday, January 12 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Understanding the Role of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in Delivering Legal Services

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This session will be a primer on Artificial Intelligence and how advances in machine learning techniques and tools are transforming many of the (necessary but routine) tasks that lawyers do every day. In our war to provide meaningful access to justice, it is unrealistic to think that the current army of lawyers can address the overwhelming legal needs of the most vulnerable and underserved among us. Achieving success will require careful coordination between generals (human lawyers) and a cavalry of autonomous foot soldiers (high-speed artificial intelligence applications, leveraging continuously advancing algorithms). In this sense, 'machine learning' is analogous to West Point, preparing and training Justice Bots to help individuals overcome access issues that so pervade the American judicial system. In the end, these on-demand intelligent resources will allow lawyers to practice at the top of their license (i.e., in their highest and best roles as counselors and advocates) in a far more efficient and effective way, while empowering those in need through increased access and equipping them to make better choices.

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IV Ashton

President & Founder, LegalServer
IV Ashton has spent his 20-year legal career leveraging technology to increase access to justice for vulnerable populations throughout the World. Mr. Ashton began his legal career working internationally, applying technology to promote the rule of law. Mr. Ashton oversaw the development... Read More →
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Abhijeet Chavan

Abhijeet Chavan has over 25 years of technology consulting experience with public-sector, higher education, and non-profit clients. Mr. Chavan was named to the Fastcase 50 list of global legal innovators in 2017. He regularly presents at conferences on access to justice and technology... Read More →
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Jonathan Pyle

Contract Performance Officer, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Jonathan Pyle is the Contract Performance Officer at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where he is responsible for LSC compliance, reporting, and implementing new uses of technology to analyze, streamline, and expand service delivery. Before joining PLA, he practiced law in the... Read More →

Thursday January 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am CST
Executive Salon 2 - 3rd Flr