Artificial Intelligence Conference: April 26 & 27th 2019

Event Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 8:30am to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:00pm

Event Location:

Event Audience:

Academic or Government Employee- $50 (all prices are per day, 3 Substantive CLE credits per day)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Blue and Red Artificial Intelligence Banner

Thinking About Law, Law Practice, and Legal Education

A conference for lawyers, technologists, policy makers, and legal educators

April 26 & 27, 2019

Hosted by Duquesne University School of Law

Developments in artificial intelligence are changing virtually all aspects our world, ranging from autonomous vehicles to robotic surgery, and from smart phones to smart speakers.  Lawyers, legal educators, and policy makers are already experiencing the effects of computers that aid and, in some cases, replace the often-tedious work done by lawyers and other members of society.

This two-day conference will feature presentations from educators, practitioners, policy makers, and computer scientists that will demonstrate how the development of artificial intelligence is affecting society, the law, the legal profession, and legal education. The Duquesne Law Review plans to dedicate space in its Winter 2019 symposium issue to publishing papers from this conference. 

Blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved at two area hotels from April 25 through April 28. 

Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown– 10 minute walk to the law school
1320 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 381-6687
$125 per night available through 4/12/19
Reserve your room at the Cambria Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown - 15 minute walk to the law school
250 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-5557
$169 per night available through 3/18/19
Reserve your room at the Hilton Garden Inn


Presenting Sponsor:


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Friday, April 26, 2019

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Student Lounge

Welcomes & Plenary Session

Room 204

Welcomes and Introduction

Prof. Jan M. Levine (Duquesne Univ.)

Provost David Dausey (Duquesne Univ.)

Prof. Wesley Oliver (Duquesne Univ.)


Plenary Session: Connecting Case Texts and Computational Models of Legal Reasoning

Prof. Kevin Ashley (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

 10:00-10:15a.m.  Coffee and Snacks—Student Lounge


Morning Presentations

Room 204

Room 203

Room 308

10:15 – 11:05 a.m.

 Customized Artificial Intelligence Techniques for the Patent Field

Dean Alderucci (Carnegie Mellon Univ.)

 Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Corporate Legal Departments

Oliver Round, Esq., Seema Phekoo, Esq., & Kyle Johnson (BNY Mellon), & Scott Curtis (Deloitte LLP)

Criminal Law Facing Challenges of Autonomous Technology: Who Is Liable for a Traffic Accident Caused by an Autonomous Vehicle?

Prof. Igor Vuletić (Josip Juraj Strossmayer Univ.)


11:10 – 12:00 noon/12:10 p.m.

Smart Contract Risk Identification with AI

Ganes Kesari (Gramener, Inc.)

 Algorithmic Justice: A New Proposal Toward the Identification and Reductionof Discriminatory Bias in Artificial Intelligence Systems

Emile Loza de Siles, Esq. (Technology & Cybersecurity Law Group)

 The Optimal Agent: The Future of Autonomous Vehicles & Liability Theory (30 minute session)Brian S. Haney, Esq. (Martian Technologies) 


12:00 noon – 1:30p.m.


Lunch  & Learn, Sponsored by LexisNexis – Lunch in the Student Lounge & Presentation in Room 204 (starting at 12:30 p.m.)

Lexis Advance and the Use of AI and Analytics:  A Brief Overview of Recent and Upcoming AI and Analytic Enhancements to the Lexis Advance Platform

Kristen Baginski (Lexis)



Afternoon Presentations

Room 204

Room 203 Room 308

1:30 – 2:20/2:30 p.m.

Role of Artificial Intelligence in Predicting the Speed and Results of Judicial Decision-Making

Dr. Kishor Dere (Indian Statement of the Case. of International Law)

Specificity and Sensitivity in Discovery: What Artificial Intelligence Can Offer

(30-minute session)

Prof. Patrick Juola (Duquesne Univ.)

Autonomous Vehicles Ethics & Law: An Artificial Intelligence Trolley Problem 

(30-minute session)

Prof. Tabrez Y. Ebrahim (California Western School of Law)

Educating Federal Judges on AI

(30-minute session)

Timothy Lau, Esq. (Federal Judicial Center)

2:30 p.m.

Day One Closing Reception – Student Lounge


Saturday, April 27, 2019


Continental Breakfast – Student Lounge

Morning Presentations Room 204 Room 203 Room 308

OK Google, Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Human Lawyering?

Prof. Julie Oseid (Univ. of St. Thomas), Prof. Melissa Love Koenig (Marquette Univ.), & Amy Vorenberg (Univ. of New Hampshire)

Practice-Ready Millennials: Technology Training for Efficient and Effective Communication

Prof. Dionne E. Anthon, Prof. Anna P. Hemingway, & Prof. Amanda Sholtis (Widener Law Commonwealth)

Considerations Surrounding the Data Science World We Are In

Prof. James B. Schreiber & Prof. Ashley London (Duquesne Univ.)

10:50-11:00a.m. Coffee Break- Student Lounge

“Alexa, Write a Memo”: The Promise and Challenges of AI and Legal Writing

 Prof.Teresa Godwin Phelps (American Univ.) & Richard B. Phelps (Broadcast Media)

From AI to IoT: Using Legal Innovations to Teach Legal Technology Competency Across the Curriculum

Prof. Emily Janoski-Haehlen & Librarian Sarah Starnes (Univ. of Akron)

How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Legal Sector

Kristi Gedid (Mylan), Virginia L. Zaccari (Duquesne Univ.), & Kevin Miller (LegalSifter)


12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch – Student Lounge

Parallel  Presentations

Room 204 Room 203 Room 308 Room 310

1:30 – 2:20/2:30 p.m.

Legal Research and The Duty of Technology Competence: Regulating Algorithms in Law

Prof. Jamie J. Baker (Texas Tech Univ.)

Teaching Legal Research and Writing in an Era of Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Drew Simshaw (Georgetown Univ.)

Technology Skills for Lawyers

Prof. Randy J. Diamond (Univ. of Missouri)

Artificial Intelligence as a Path to Closing the Justice Gap

Prof. Kate Norton (Duquesne Univ.)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Closing Reception in the Bridget and Alfred Peláez Legal Writing Center