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The morning session will focus on using technology within a judicial system. As collection and storage of data becomes easier and less expensive, our societies’ judicial systems will need to keep pace optimizing strategic planning, improve efficiency and maintaining their legitimacy with new ways of developing and presenting legal argumentation. Over the course of the day we will hear from experts in Big Data analysis and its application to law. Topics will include, inter alia, what tools and techniques exist for text processing and reasoning, are there new privacy concerns that arise as larger and larger volumes of data are searchable, and what can large-scale network analysis of law and text analysis of courtroom data tell us? After the morning session participants will enjoy a working lunch and Keynote address. In the afternoon, speakers will discuss topics including the nexus of neuroscience and the law, analysis of the efficiency of courtrooms, long-range temporal analysis of courtroom dynamics, and the potential use of scaling laws to understand/forecast the demand for courtroom services.


Monday, June 2

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Introduction and Welcome, Paul Bielski, The MITRE Corporation and Chris Wood, Santa Fe Institute
9:30 am Big Data, Empiricism, and the Quest to Automate Legal Problem Solving, Karl Branting, MITRE
10:10 am Global Insight and Privacy Assurance, J.C. Smart, Georgetown University
10:50 am Break
11:15 am (big) Data Driven Innovations – examples from the Legal Domain, Khalid Al-Kofahi, Thomson Reuters
11:55 am Data Driven Law Practice, Daniel Katz, Michigan State University Law School/ReInvent Law Lab
12:35 pm Lunch and Keynote: Harnessing Technology to Transform the Criminal Justice System: Opportunities and Challenges, Opening remarks: Charles Horowitz, The Mitre Corporation, and Keynote Speaker: Caitlin Halligan, Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
1:50 pm Neuroscience and the Law, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Duke University
2:30 pm Patterns of Criminal Justice: The Old Bailey from 1674-1913, Galen Harrison, Santa Fe Institute and Reed College
3:10 pm Break
3:50 pm Scaling Social Systems, Marcus Hamilton, Santa Fe Institute and University of New Mexico
4:30 pm How the Courts Can Enable an Era of Big Data, Brian Carver, University of California, Berkeley
5:10 pm Open Discussion
5:30 pm Adjourn