Invited Speakers

Law as Data: The Promise and Challenges of Natural Language Processing for Legal Research

Bio: Arthur Dyevre is a professor at University of Leuven, where he conducts research in the fields of Empirical Legal Studies, Law & Economics and Comparative Politics. Prior to coming to Leuven, he held research fellowships at various institutions across Europe, including the European University Institute in Florence, the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales (CEPC) in Madrid, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg.

His research is fully interdisciplinary and blends the theoretical approaches and methodologies of various fields, including economics, statistics, legal theory, machine learning and computer linguistics. He is currently leading the ERC-funded EUTHORITY Project (www.euthority.eu), which investigates patterns of conflicts and cooperation in the EU-multilevel legal system. The Project involves a large-scale data collection and data analysis effort. To that end, it relies on state-of-the art webscrapping, machine learning, text-mining and statistical modelling methods.

Blog: LegalEmpirics.com

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NLP & Law {Past, Present + Future}

Bio: Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's biggest societal challenges. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz is actively involved in the rapidly growing legal technology industry. He is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of LexPredict (a legal technology and analytics company that was acquired by Elevate in 2018). He also serves as a formal and informal advisor to a number of legal tech startups. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of NextLaw Labs - a global collaborative innovation ecosystem organized with Dentons (the world’s largest law firm).

Professor Katz teaches Practice & Professionalism, E-Discovery, Legal Analytics, Legal Project Management + Legal Process Improvement and Civil Procedure at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers. He joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law.

Blog: ComputationalLegalStudies.com

Twitter: @computational

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