* Law & AI Conference

Patricia Hassett (phassett@law.syr.edu)
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 15:08:07 +0100

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UNIVERSITE' de PARIS 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne)
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY College of Law present:

The First French-American Conference on
Law and Artificial Intelligence (Computing)

Dates: Monday & Tuesday, 15-16 April 1996
Venue: Sheraton University Hotel and Conference
Center, Syracuse University,
Syracuse, New York, 13244 USA

Syracuse University College of Law and Universit, de Paris 1
(Pantheon-Sorbonne) are jointly sponsoring a conference to
introduce legal professionals to the use of computers in lawyering
tasks such as evaluating, planning, and advising.

This conference on legal expert systems will prepare lawyers for
the 21st century by providing a balance of:

information, and
hands-on experience

Conference Chairs:
Dani,le Bourcier: CNRS-idl - Universit, de Paris 1
Patricia Hassett: Syracuse University

What are Legal Expert Systems?

The computer programs which assist in lawyering tasks are called
"legal expert systems" because they attempt to capture and dispense
legal expertise. These systems can help to improve the quality of
legal services and to reduce the cost of providing legal services.

Expert systems are widely used in other fields (including, for
example, medicine, industry and government). Their usefulness in
law is becoming clearer and they are likely to become an accepted
legal tool in the next decade.

Existing legal systems range in complexity from major commercial
and government systems to simple firm generated systems. Major
systems are now used, for example, in the areas of welfare,
pension, tax, tort and corporate law. Firm generated systems can
advise on a wide range of topics including tax and estate planning,
the readiness of a case for trial, or a firm's quality assurance

Legal expert systems raise some concerns. For example, the task
performed by the system has to be selected carefully. Systems need
to be validated or checked for accuracy before being put into use.
And they need to be updated as the law or practice changes. The

Conference presentations and demonstrations will address issues
such as:

the potential uses and benefits of legal expert systems;

the ethical, liability, and licensing concerns raised by
such systems;

methods of creating your own expert systems;

the validation and maintenance procedures relevant to such
systems; and,

the impact of such systems on users and clients.


Improving the Quality of Legal Services Through Computer Aided
Checklists (Marc Lauritsen, Harvard Law School)

EVIDENT: A U.S. Rules of Evidence Advisor (Janet Zeide, Jay
Liebowitz, George Washington University)

KONTERM WORKSTATION: From legal information retrieval to
intelligent legal commentary (Erich Schweighofer, University
of Vienna)

BRUITEX: A "Global" expert system for municipal decision-making
in the field of noise and environment (Dani,le Bourcier, CNRS-idl
- Universit, de Paris 1)

JIMLOG: An expert system in the field of Immigration Law (G,rard
Clerque, Paris)

FRENCH LAW TUTORIAL: A Multimedia tool for training Commercial
School students (Christian Roquilly, Paris)

LEXHARNESS: A tool for intelligent searching of law databases
(Thorne McCarty, Leon Shklar, Rutgers University)

Welding Regulations Compliance Manager (Richard Wood, Kaman
Sciences Corporation)

Tax Law System (Marcia Suelzer, Commerce Clearing House)

A Wrongful Dismissal Advisor (Gerri Downie, Dr. Mary McLeish,
University of Guelph, Canada)

A Minor's Consent (to Medical Treatment) Advisor (Patrice Crooks,
Syracuse College of Law)

A Medical Consent Advisor ("Do Not Resuscitate" Orders)(Liz Mutty,
Syracuse College of Law)

CHINADVISOR: Advises on Regulations Governing Foreign Investment
in China (Jennifer Bailey, Syracuse College of Law)

The Internet, The World Wide Web (WWW), and Computer-Assisted Legal
Research (Team from Syracuse College of Law)

The Conference Program

Optional Pre-Conference Tutorial, Sunday April 14th.

Monday April 15th: Morning

Computerizing Law: Advances, Prospects, Applications, Limits
(Lucien Mehl, Councellor of State, France)

Bridging the Gap Between Jurisprudence and Actual Practice
(Tina Smith, University of Utrecht, Netherlands)

Improving the Quality of Legal Services Through Computer Aided
Checklists (Marc Lauritsen, Harvard Law School, USA)

An Implementation of Eisner v. Macomber
(L. Thorne McCarty, Rutgers University, USA)

User Reaction to EVIDENT, An Evidence Expert System
(Janet Zeide, Jay Liebowitz, George Washington University, USA)

Demonstrations and Discussions


Bridging the Gap between Human and Computer Languages
(Serge Diebolt, CNRS-idl - Universit, de Paris 1, France)

How to Handle the Concept of Time
(Rim Faiz, Universit, de Paris - Dauphine, France)

Introducing Lawyers to the Differences Among Expert Systems, Fuzzy
Logic, and Neural Nets
(Can Isik, Computer Engineering, Syracuse University, USA)

Understanding Legal Neural Networks
(Dan Hunter, Emmanuel College, England)

Computer Tools for Drafting Legislation: The Case of the "Code
for Local Authorities"
(Judge Elizabeth Catta, Chief de Mission de Codification; Veronique
Tauziac, Manager of Information Systems, France)

Selecting an Appropriate Expert System Shell

(Richard Wood, Kaman Sciences Corporation, USA)

Demonstrations and Discussions

Monday Evening: Dinner at Sheraton University Inn

Tuesday April 16th: Morning

Licensing Considerations for Builders and Users of Legal Expert
(Theodore Hagelin, Syracuse College of Law, USA)

Legal Issues Generated by Lawsuits Involving Expert Systems
(Team from Syracuse College of Law, USA)

Developing a Commercial Expert System in Tax Law
(Marcia Suelzer, Commerce Clearing House, USA)

Law Firm Management of Expert Systems

(Mohan Tanniru, School of Management, Syracuse University, USA)

Demonstrations and Discussions



Introduction to Building Legal Expert Systems - Lecture Format
(Richard Wood, Kaman Sciences Corporation, USA)

Introduction to Building Legal Expert Systems - Hands On Format
(Team from Syracuse University, USA)

Intermediate Legal Expert Systems - Hands On Format
(Dan Hunter and Michael Aikenhead, England)

Using Microsoft Excel to Build Legal Expert Systems - Hands On
(Mohan Tanniru, Michelle Holguin, Syracuse University, USA)

Demonstrations and Discussions

Conference Registration Details

The Conference will be held at the Sheraton University Hotel and
Conference Center on Monday April 15th and Tuesday April 16th.

The fee for the conference is $200 and includes:
all sessions and tutorials on Monday and Tuesday,
the conference proceedings,
a survey of legal expert systems,
lunch on Monday and Tuesday,
dinner on Monday evening,
day-long refreshment bar Monday and Tuesday,

Optional pre-conference tutorial:

An intensive hands-on tutorial, "Introduction to Building Expert
Systems" will be offered on Sunday, April 14th, from 11:30-4:30.
The tutorial fee is 85$ and includes all materials, lunch and

Accommodation Information:

Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center 1-800-395-2105
Rates $79 single or $89 double occupancy

Genesee Inn (shuttle to conference center) 1-800-365-4663
Rates $49 single or $59 double occupancy fax: 1-315-476-2902

Washington Arms; 621 Walnut Ave. 1-315-443-4900
Rates $25.00 per night, single room caowens@syr.edu
The Washington Arms is an on-campus student conference
center with suites (livingroom, bath, telephone, and, tv)
and, coin-operated laundry and kitchen facilities.

Be sure to mention that you are a participant in the Conference
on Law and Artificial Intelligence (Computing) to receive special
Conference rates.

Conference Language: The conference language is English.
Tax Deductions: Tax deductions may be allowed for educational
expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills,
including registration fees, travel, meals, lodging. (Treas. Reg.
1.162-5; Coughlin v.Commisioner, 203 F.2d
Disabilities: If you have a disability and may require help in
order to fully participate in this conference, please let us know
so that we can make appropriate arrangements.
Group Discount: A 5% discount is applied to the fee when two or
more people from the same organization register for the conference.
Substitutions: In the event that a registrant is unable to attend,
substitutions may be made by notifying us in advance.
Refunds: If the course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in
full. For other refund information, contact Chris Adams at
Continuing Legal Education Credits Available: Please let us know
if you want CLE credit for this conference, so that we may check
the accreditation requirements for your state and have the form
ready for you upon your arrival.
Also, please include your Social Security number with your
registration for CLE credit.

For registration information contact: Chris Adams at:
phone: (315) 443-1167, fax: (315) 443-1168,
or e-mail: ceadams@syr.edu
For program information contact: Patricia Hassett at:
phone: (315) 443-2535, fax: (315) 443-4141,
or e-mail:phassett@law.syr.edu

Access our World Wide Web Site at:

Four Ways to Register:

1. Mail the registration/information
form to: Syracuse University
Legal Expert Systems Conference
P.O. Box 4709
Syracuse, NY 13221-4709

2. Phone Chris Adams at: 1 (315) 443-1167

3. Fax the registration
form to: 1 (315) 443-1168

4. E-Mail the registration
information to Chris Adams
at Syracuse University: ceadams@syr.edu.

Registration/Information Form

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Artificial Intelligence (Computing) at Syracuse University

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Conference: $200
Optional Sunday tutorial: $85.
Conference proceedings only: $30.

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