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The overlapping technologies of big data, legal informatics, predictive analytics, algorithms and artificial intelligence are rapidly transforming the practice, management and study of legal services, launching a new field called “legal analytics.” ASU’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation (LSI) and author, educator, and eDiscovery expert Michael Arkfeld came together to provide education on electronic discovery, digital evidence and legal analytics as these subjects became increasingly critical for legal practitioners and technologists alike. Through this partnership, ASU Law brings together leading jurists, attorneys, technology experts, and other legal professionals as scholars and innovators in the field. LSI is now increasing our work in this critical area by launching an expanded program that will include additional research, expert workshops, partnerships, and collaborative projects.
To enhance the professionalism of legal practitioners, students, judges, and others by providing cost-effective learning, research, and resources to handle the legal and practical issues surrounding "electronically stored information" (ESI) competently and ethically, with a focus on cooperative identification, preservation, collection, review, analytics, production, and presentation.
This expanded program launched in Fall 2016 with an expert workshop on legal analytics. The workshop included 30+ experts from law firms, legal analytics vendors and consultants, and academia, with the common goal to better define, characterize, and project the future of the field of legal analytics, and to identify priority areas for future research projects, partnerships and collaborations.
The flagship effort of this program is its annual conference, held every spring at ASU Law. The three-day event brings together hundreds of attendees to explore legal and technical issues, practical tools, and cutting-edge advancements in the fields of eDiscovery and data analytics.