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Excited to sit in on the Innovation Lab “Law and Technology” Demos of the interdisciplinary collaboration of @NorthwesternLaw and @NorthwesternEng tonight! Follow #NLawCS for live tweets from the event!

@NLawBizTech @DanLinna
@ProfDSchwartz is talking about @NorthwesternLaw's many law and technology offerings. "We're trying to be at the center of a really exciting time for innovation in law and technology."
@KJ_Hammond is up next, talking about @Northwestern's unique CS+X initiative. "Some of the things that [CS] is building . . . will have impact on the nature of the law." "For us, we're going to figure out a partnership" between #computerscience and #law.
@KJ_Hammond continues, talking about how synergy is needed between #technologists and #legal practitioners. "Together, we can look at how technologies need to be controlled . . . and we can start working together to build products that improve legal services."
Thank you @thomsonreuters for sponsoring the "Law and Tech Demos" event tonight!
First team, Telemedicine Advisor, is up, talking about its collaboration with @JeffSharer, @MartinTully, and @ActuateLaw to develop a telemedicine solution at the intersection of #law, #healthcare, and #technology.
Healthcare laws often change, making it difficult to stay up-to-date. Telemedicine Advisor can be used by physicians, in-house counsel, or insurers to determine what the healthcare laws and regulations are on demand.
The Telemedicine Advisor product guides users through determining how to self-assess their own situations "before engaging outside counsel."
Telemedicine Advisor's primary users: "right now, in-house counsel." Other individuals may include practitioners that would use the tool before engaging counsel.
How are they going to keep the tool's data up-to-date? They're using data and tools from @thomsonreuters.
Next up, a team that worked with @reedsmithllp on a "rationalizing legal research challenge." "Our goal was to make the process of legal research more efficient. . . . It's really difficult to find the best case for your search."
"We decided to . . . take a look at the actual legal research process to see if we could ameliorate some of the problems that face legal researchers." They've mixed #crowdsourcing with #legalresearch.
Their product is packaged as a @googlechrome extension so it can integrate with @Westlaw, @LexisNexis, and other legal research tools.
In short, their tool allows users to upvote or downvote the results in #legalresearch result lists. "Any user sees the aggregated ratings of all other users."
What's next for developing the product? Improve the "comparison ability between different legal search engines" and customize the system for law firms. The database is highly customizable to the needs of the users' organization.
Next up, a team that worked with @NorthwesternLaw's Bluhm Legal Clinic to develop a "Know Your Rights" tool for young immigrants, especially those in emergencies. The team's solution educates immigrants about their rights and provides advice during emergency situations.

Immigrants use the card to access a website having audio recordings that they can play for immigration officers during an emergency situation. The website includes learning games for topics like "mixed [immigration] status homes" to teach about immigrant rights.
As a side note, this solution reminds me of the bilingual "Know Your Miranda Rights" cards developed by @IITDesign, the New Orleans Police Department, and the @ABAesq. Awesome! @ABAInnovation
Back to our @NorthwesternLaw team, they'll hand out the QR code cards "to make it as easy to get to [the "Know Your Rights"] site as possible." The website also includes a list of legal aid resources. Next steps include correlating the list of resources to user location.
Nice work, team!

Up next, the first of two @Mayer_Brown teams.
The first @Mayer_Brown team has created a solution, called "LANA," to determining the high-risk liabilities associated with the use of #artificialintelligence in a business setting.
The team's #LANA solution guides the user through determining what kind of #AI system they're using, what rules the #AI system follows, the quality of the data used to build the #AI algorithms, etc. The system works to identify #bias in #AI.
Current primary target audience of #LANA: #banks. Future applications may be to a wide variety of areas such as #datingapps.
The tool is "not legal advice," but it should help mitigate the risk of using #AI systems.
Next up, a team that worked with @NorthwesternLaw faculty on #court data analytics.
side note: the interdisciplinary nature of the #InnovationLab is awesome. Truly, #interdisciplinary teams are the future (if not the present) of effective legal problem-solving teams!
The team's created a research tool that provides visual representations of data such as "assigned caseload per judge" and "assigned caseload per judge gender." More significantly, the tool enables cross-comparison of data sets such as judge gender and case outcome.
One interesting finding from the team's data set: male judges tend to handle more civil cases than female judges.
Side note: if you're a junkie for court analytics, check out @TonjaJacobi (@NorthwesternLaw) and @matthewsag's (@LoyolaLaw) fascinating analysis of #SCOTUS data! Check out one of their recents analyses, "Who is the funniest judge?" scotusoa.com/funniest-justi…
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Last, but not least, our second @Mayer_Brown team. The problem: how to help #lawyers extract info from purchase agreements in an efficient, accurate manner? Their solution: #PAPI, i.e., Purchase Agreement Provision Identifier.
The team performed a statistical analysis of purchase agreement provisions to determine which are most common. Their tool identifies those provisions. The user uploads a purchase agreement into #PAPI and the tool categorizes the agreement's various provisions.
Side note: #contracts and other #legaldocuments are ripe for #dataanalytics. Check out companies like @KiraSystems, @KStandards, and @GetJuro, among many others.
That's a wrap for the presentations, everyone! Now for some advice from the judges.
@kristensonday, one of the judges, advises teams to be super focused on user needs and keeping the system up to date on laws.
John Albright, another judge, recommends, "start with a clear definition of the problem that you're solving for."
@hlkaufman, Megan Pavitch, @sam_ranganathan encourage the teams to keep going!
Great work teams. Thanks for all who came out for tonight's event!
Thank you @danlinna, @ProfDSchwartz, and @KJ_Hammond for running a great #InnovationLab 2019!
Good night everyone!
@meganpavich, I missed your Twitter handle earlier. Also, my apologies for misspelling your name! 😕 Thank you again for being one of the judges tonight!
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