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The Model Rules Of Autonomous Conduct: Ethical Responsibilities Of Lawyers And Artificial Intelligence, Ed Walters Jun 2019

The Model Rules Of Autonomous Conduct: Ethical Responsibilities Of Lawyers And Artificial Intelligence, Ed Walters

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Practitioners use artificial-intelligence (AI) tools in fields as varied as finance, medicine, human resources, marketing, sports, and many others. Now, for the first time, lawyers are beginning to use similar tools in the delivery of legal services. Where once lawyers may have only used AI for electronic discovery (eDiscovery), today they are using AI for legal research, drafting, contract management, and litigation strategy. The use of AI to deliver legal services is not without its detractors, and some have suggested that the use of AI may take the jobs of lawyers—or worse, make lawyers obsolete. Others suggest that using ...


Automatically Extracting Meaning From Legal Texts: Opportunities And Challenges, Kevin D. Ashley Jun 2019

Automatically Extracting Meaning From Legal Texts: Opportunities And Challenges, Kevin D. Ashley

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This paper surveys three basic legal-text analytic techniques—ML, network diagrams, and question answering (QA)—and illustrates how some currently available commercial applications employ or combine them. It then examines how well the text analytic techniques can answer legal questions given some inherent limitations in the technology. In more detail, ML refers to computer programs that use statistical means to induce or learn models from data with which they can classify a document or predict an outcome for a new case. Predictive coding techniques employed in e-discovery have already introduced ML from text into law firms. Network diagrams graph the ...


Artificial Intelligence And Law: An Overview, Harry Surden Jun 2019

Artificial Intelligence And Law: An Overview, Harry Surden

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Much has been written recently about artificial intelligence (AI) and law. But what is AI, and what is its relation to the practice and administration of law? This article addresses those questions by providing a high-level overview of AI and its use within law. The discussion aims to be nuanced but also understandable to those without a technical background. To that end, I first discuss AI generally. I then turn to AI and how it is being used by lawyers in the practice of law, people and companies who are governed by the law, and government officials who administer the ...


Georgia State Law Review Symposium Keynote Address: Uncovering Forensic Flaws - An Outside Perspective, Spencer S. Hsu Aug 2018

Georgia State Law Review Symposium Keynote Address: Uncovering Forensic Flaws - An Outside Perspective, Spencer S. Hsu

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This transcript is a reproduction of the Keynote Address by Spencer Hsu at the 2017–2018 Georgia State University Law Review Symposium — From the Crime Scene to the Court room: The Future of Forensic Science Reform — on April 6, 2018.

Spencer Hsu is an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a national Emmy Award nominee.


Public Defense Litigation: An Overview, Lauren Sudeall Lucas Jan 2018

Public Defense Litigation: An Overview, Lauren Sudeall Lucas

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Legal Deserts: A Multi-State Perspective On Rural Access To Justice, Lisa R. Pruitt, Amanda L. Kool, Lauren Sudeall, Michele Statz, Danielle M. Conway, Hannah Haksgaard Jan 2018

Legal Deserts: A Multi-State Perspective On Rural Access To Justice, Lisa R. Pruitt, Amanda L. Kool, Lauren Sudeall, Michele Statz, Danielle M. Conway, Hannah Haksgaard

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Rural America faces an increasingly dire access-to-justice crisis, which serves to exacerbate the already disproportionate share of social problems afflicting rural areas. One critical aspect of the crisis is the dearth of information and research regarding the extent of the problem and its impacts. This Article begins to fill that gap by providing surveys of rural access to justice in six geographically, demographically, and economically varied states: California, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition to providing insights about the distinct rural challenges confronting each of these states, the legal resources available, and existing policy responses, the Article ...


Forty-Eight States Are Probably Not Wrong: An Argument For Modernizing Georgia’S Legal Malpractice Statute Of Limitations, Ben Rosichan May 2017

Forty-Eight States Are Probably Not Wrong: An Argument For Modernizing Georgia’S Legal Malpractice Statute Of Limitations, Ben Rosichan

Georgia State University Law Review

The legal profession is largely self-regulated, and each state has a bar association charged with creating and enforcing basic standards of professionalism and competence for attorneys. Unfortunately, attorneys do not always adhere to these standards. In Georgia, the State Bar can address attorney misconduct through remedial measures up to and including disbarment. The State Bar cannot, however, compensate wronged clients through monetary damages.Thus, some wronged clients must resort to a lawsuit for legal malpractice where a financial recovery is necessary to make the client whole again.

The statute of limitations for legal malpractice claims should not be so restrictive ...


Marking The Path From Law Student To Lawyer: Using Field Placement Courses To Facilitate The Deliberate Exploration Of Professional Identity And Purpose, Timothy W. Floyd, Kendall L. Kerew Apr 2017

Marking The Path From Law Student To Lawyer: Using Field Placement Courses To Facilitate The Deliberate Exploration Of Professional Identity And Purpose, Timothy W. Floyd, Kendall L. Kerew

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Avoiding Ethical Problems In Social Media, Nicole G. Iannarone Mar 2015

Avoiding Ethical Problems In Social Media, Nicole G. Iannarone

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Memorial: Nancy P. Johnson (1949-2014), Kristina L. Niedringhaus Jan 2015

Memorial: Nancy P. Johnson (1949-2014), Kristina L. Niedringhaus

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53rd Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture Series, The Hon. Justice John Paul Stevens Jun 2014

53rd Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture Series, The Hon. Justice John Paul Stevens

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Remarks by the Honorable John Paul Stevens, Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, at the 53rd Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture Series.


Unleashing The Leader In You: Our Aall Leadership Academy Experience, Meg Butler, Trina Holloway Feb 2013

Unleashing The Leader In You: Our Aall Leadership Academy Experience, Meg Butler, Trina Holloway

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What Do Clients Want From Their Lawyers?, Clark D. Cunningham Jan 2013

What Do Clients Want From Their Lawyers?, Clark D. Cunningham

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This working paper assembles empirical data from England, Australia and the United States indicating that individual clients do not evaluate their lawyers - as attorneys frequently assume - primarily in terms of the outcomes achieved. Rather, clients place greater weight on the quality of communication with their lawyers and are often disappointed by failure to listen carefully and explain clearly. The paper concludes with suggestive survey data that organizational clients may have similar views about the large firm lawyers that represent them. The author is the director of the Effective Lawyer-Client Communication Project and the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism. The ...


For Law Review Citations, Are All Citators Created Equal? A Comparison Of Four Citators, Pamela C. Brannon Dec 2012

For Law Review Citations, Are All Citators Created Equal? A Comparison Of Four Citators, Pamela C. Brannon

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Taking And Returning From A Leave Of Absence: Tools And Tricks To Ease The Way, Meg Butler Jun 2012

Taking And Returning From A Leave Of Absence: Tools And Tricks To Ease The Way, Meg Butler

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Law School Of The Future: Centre Of Cutting-Edge Practice?, Clark Cunningham Jan 2012

Law School Of The Future: Centre Of Cutting-Edge Practice?, Clark Cunningham

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The Aall Annual Meeting: Always A Learning Experience, Pamela C. Brannon Sep 2011

The Aall Annual Meeting: Always A Learning Experience, Pamela C. Brannon

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My Conference Experience: Boulder & Aall, 2010, Meg Butler Jun 2010

My Conference Experience: Boulder & Aall, 2010, Meg Butler

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Putting Best Practices Into Practice: Implementing Change One Step At A Time, Lisa Radtke Bliss Sep 2009

Putting Best Practices Into Practice: Implementing Change One Step At A Time, Lisa Radtke Bliss

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Partners In Law, Meg Butler Feb 2009

Partners In Law, Meg Butler

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Remediation Program For Dentists Provides Data On Moral Development Important To All Professions, Clark D. Cunningham Jan 2009

Remediation Program For Dentists Provides Data On Moral Development Important To All Professions, Clark D. Cunningham

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A Call To Action For The Legal Academy, Wendy F. Hensel Jan 2009

A Call To Action For The Legal Academy, Wendy F. Hensel

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Reconceptualizing The Judicial Activism Debate As Judicial Responsibility: A Tale Of Two Justice Kennedys, Eric J. Segall Jan 2009

Reconceptualizing The Judicial Activism Debate As Judicial Responsibility: A Tale Of Two Justice Kennedys, Eric J. Segall

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The academic and political debate over judicial activism has been based on the overriding but patently false assumption that the Supreme Court’s performance can be measured by examining the results that it reaches in constitutional cases. When scholars and politicians equate judicial activism with judicial invalidation of the works of the political branches or the reversal of precedent, however, these commentators don’t reveal anything different than would a pure descriptive account of the Court’s decision and rationale. Moreover, the judicial activism debate is unhelpful because the ambiguous sources of constitutional interpretation cannot privilege fundamental baselines or generate ...


Fixed Justice: Reforming Plea-Bargaining With Plea-Based Ceilings, Russell D. Covey Jan 2008

Fixed Justice: Reforming Plea-Bargaining With Plea-Based Ceilings, Russell D. Covey

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The ubiquity of plea bargaining creates real concern that innocent defendants are occasionally, or perhaps even routinely, pleading guilty to avoid coercive trial sentences. Pleading guilty is a rational choice for defendants as long as prosecutors offer plea discounts so substantial that trial is not a rational strategy regardless of guilt or innocence. The long-recognized solution to this problem is to enforce limits on the size of the plea/trial sentencing differential. As a practical matter, however, discount limits are unenforceable if prosecutors retain ultimate discretion over charge selection and declination. Because the doctrine of prosecutorial charging discretion is immune ...


The Professionalism Crisis: How Bar Examiners Can Make A Difference, Clark D. Cunningham Nov 2005

The Professionalism Crisis: How Bar Examiners Can Make A Difference, Clark D. Cunningham

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Legal Education After Law School: Lessons From Scotland And England, Clark D. Cunningham Jan 2005

Legal Education After Law School: Lessons From Scotland And England, Clark D. Cunningham

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Georgia's Public Service Bar Exam Alternative, Andrea A. Curcio, Clark D. Cunningham Nov 2003

Georgia's Public Service Bar Exam Alternative, Andrea A. Curcio, Clark D. Cunningham

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New Studies Provide Insight Into How Disputants Value Case Evaluation By Third Parties, Gregory Todd Jones, Douglas H. Yarn Nov 2003

New Studies Provide Insight Into How Disputants Value Case Evaluation By Third Parties, Gregory Todd Jones, Douglas H. Yarn

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But What Is Their Story?, Clark D. Cunningham Jan 2003

But What Is Their Story?, Clark D. Cunningham

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Professor Frank R. Kennedy, Jack F. Williams Jan 2002

Professor Frank R. Kennedy, Jack F. Williams

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