Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

                          September 24-25, 2021   

Sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute & The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute

Hosted by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

The Legal Writing Institute and The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute invite proposals for their virtual symposium on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession, scheduled for Friday, September 24, and Saturday, September 25, 2021, and hosted by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Symposium Topic

The symposium will bring together legal scholars, practicing lawyers, technology experts, and others to discuss how rapidly developing technologies are affecting legal research and writing processes, the practice of law generally, the ethics of practice, legal education, and access to justice.  We anticipate a combination of single speaker presentations and panel presentations.

Proposals

We invite proposals for a variety of presentations, including but not limited to

  • the nature of artificial intelligence programs (i.e., pleadings analysis, composing software, research tools, and case law analytics)

  • the impact of these programs on the development of critical thinking skills

  • the extent to which artificial intelligence may replace human lawyering tasks
  • the extent to which legal education should be teaching the use of artificial intelligence tools, and
  • how artificial intelligence and related technologies can improve access to justice or perpetuate implicit bias

Proposal Deadline

Please submit your proposal via this Google form no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2021, and include the specific proposed topic, a brief description of your proposed presentation, and a CV. Any questions should be directed to Lindsey Gustafson, lpgustafson@ualr.edu; Elizabeth Inglehart, e-inglehart@law.northwestern.edu, or Tiffany Jeffers, tj259@georgetown.edu.

Symposium Committee

Michelle Falkoff, Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Communication and Legal Reasoning Program, Northwestern

Lindsey Gustafson, Former Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute; Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law, Arkansas, Little Rock

Elizabeth Inglehart, Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern

Tiffany Jeffers, Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice, Georgetown

Sarah Morath, Managing Editor, The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Wake Forest

Kristen Murray, Board Member, Legal Writing Institute; Professor of Law, Temple

Dyane O’Leary, Associate Professor of Legal Writing; Director, Legal Innovation & Technology Concentration, Suffolk

Kristen Tiscione, Immediate Past President, Legal Writing Institute; Professor of Law, Legal Practice, Georgetown

Desmund Wu, Legal Writing Lecturer, Wisconsin

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