"Legal Analytics" 
Forthcoming, AI and the Law in Canada, T. Scassa & F. Martin-Bariteau, eds. LexisNexis Canada, 2020

WOLFGANG ALSCHNER, University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Lawyers across the world are beginning to use statistics, machine learning and data science to review contracts, investigate case law or predict judicial outcomes. This ability to mine law as data is known as legal analytics. Legal analytics promises to render legal analysis scalable as lawyers can quickly peruse hundreds, thousands or even millions of legal texts that would take months to read. Legal information thereby not only becomes more accessible, but legal services can be provided more efficiently and effectively helping to close the access-to-justice gap. Data and algorithms power such legal analytics. But whereas algorithms are often open source, access to legal documents such as statutes or cases in bulk is surprisingly restricted as data is often concentrated among a few large legal service providers. Creating a healthy eco-system for legal analytics to thrive thus requires open legal data, while protecting sensitive private information, as well as innovation and competition among providers.

"The Publication of Constitutional Convention Records" Free Download

LORIANNE UPDIKE TOLER, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

A short history of the print and digital publication of all records of the Constitutional Convention, from 1787-2020.

"The Reasonable Robot Standard: Bringing Artificial Intelligence Law into the 21st Century" Free Download

MICHAEL CONKLIN, Angelo State University

This is a review of The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law, by Ryan Abbott. The book does an excellent job providing insights into the legal challenges that arise from the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI). It is well organized, divided into the four main areas of AI legal impact: tax, tort, intellectual property, and criminal. While each area could be read on its own, it is interesting to note the underlying theme all these areas have in common. Namely, as AI increasingly occupies the roles once held by people, it will need to be treated under the law more like a person. Overall, the book does an outstanding job discussing proposed solutions for AI technology and the law. However, some of Abbott’s proposals are based on a faulty assumption. Like many modern-tech analysts, Abbott overemphasizes the threat that adopting new technology will displace human workers.


About this eJournal

This area includes content in all areas of legal information scholarship. Topics include (but are not limited to): 1) the impact of legal information on domestic, comparative, and international legal systems; 2) the treatment of legal information authorities and precedents (e.g., citation studies); 3) the examination of rules, practices, and commentary limiting or expanding applications of legal information (e.g., citation to unpublished opinions and to foreign law); 4) the study of economic, legal, political and social conditions limiting or extending access to legal information (e.g., trends in the legal publishing industry, intellectual property regimes, and open access initiatives); 5) the finding and use of legal information by academics to produce legal scholarship, by law students to learn the law, by attorneys in practice, and by judges and others decisionmakers to determine legal outcomes; 6) the history of legal information systems and technological advancements; 7) legal information system design and assessment; and 8) the relationship of substantive areas of law (such as information law, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, and national security law) and other academic disciplines (e.g., information science) to legal information. This includes the scholarship of law librarians, other legal scholars, and other academic disciplines.

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Editors: Randy J. Diamond, University of Missouri, and Lee F. Peoples, Oklahoma City University


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Legal Information & Technology eJournal

Associate Dean/ Director of the Law Library, University of South Carolina School of Law, Associate Dean for the Law Library & Professor of Law, University of South Carolina - Coleman Karesh Law Library

Professor, University of Texas School of Law

Library Director & Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law - Leon E. Bloch Law Library

Associate Dean for Information Services; Dean’s Distinguished Director, Law Library, and Editor, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, University of Miami - School of Law

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University of Washington - School of Law, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services, University of Washington School of Law - Gallagher Law Library

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Director, Academic Advising, Senior Law Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law

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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Texas at El Paso

Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Library Director and Professor, Brooklyn Law School