Care-AI Seminar Series: Towards Ethical and Equitable Legal Prediction

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University of Guelph campus, location provided with registration confirmation email.


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Monday, October 16, 2023, 3:00 p.m.

Towards Ethical and Equitable Legal Prediction

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Location: University of Guelph; Room location to be provided after registration. (Location listed in the additional information section of the confirmation email.)

Abstract: In their recent book, "The Legal Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Law Radically Better," Ben Alarie and Abdi Aidid discuss the ethical challenges in using algorithms to make legal decisions. This talk will extend those insights, focusing on practical ways to create fair and responsible tools. Ben will tackle two main problems: the risk of algorithms worsening existing inequalities and the pitfalls of using out-of-context legal data. Rather than adjusting algorithms post-creation to be fair, he advocates for incorporating fairness from the outset. Drawing from real-world applications like Blue J's legal technology, he'll offer actionable steps to develop legal predictive systems that are both ethical and equitable, with a focus on minimizing harm to marginalized groups.

Bio: Professor Benjamin Alarie is a law professor, tax expert, and leader in the legal technology space. He is the co-founder and CEO of Blue J, a leading legal technology company that leverages AI to radically improve legal research. He is the author of dozens of publications, including several editions of Canadian Income Tax Law (LexisNexis). His most recent book is The Legal Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Law Radically Better (University of Toronto Press, 2023). Ben holds the Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto, and has published extensively in journals such as the Canadian Tax Journal, the British Tax Review, and Tax Notes. Ben earned law degrees from the University of Toronto and Yale Law School, and prior to his academic career, served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada. With Ask Blue J, the new generative AI tax research platform from Blue J, Ben is bringing game changing research technology to North American legal and accounting professionals.

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