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CL&B Festival Challenge: The Democratization of Legal Data

Music City Legal Hackers and Vanderbilt Law School's Program on Law and Innovation are excited to announce sponsorship of the Democratization of Legal Data Challenge for the Computational Law + Blockchain Festival, happening worldwide March 16 - 18, 2018.

The team submitting the top ranked, highest rated project will be invited to present the project in-
person at the Summit on Law & Innovation (SoLI) at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville,
Tennessee, U.S.A. on April 30, 2018 to an international audience of thought and action leaders in
legal innovation from law schools, legal practice and legal technology development. The winning team members will have their registration fee, travel and accommodations for SoLI provided.

The 24 hour period for the Democratization of Legal Data Challenge will run from 9:00 a.m. Central on 3/17/2018 until 9:00 a.m. Central on 3/18/2018.

How to submit a project in response to the Democratization of Data Challenge:

Teams are expected to:

-Submit a completed INITIAL REGISTRATION Form (providing all requested information) at or before the start of the 24-hour hacking period of the 2018 CL+B Fest in your local node;

-Submit a completed FINAL SUBMISSION Form (providing all requested information) with their final project materials before the end of the 24-hour hacking period in your local node. The FINAL SUBMISSION will include, among other requirements, a 2-minute or shorter project presentation video clip uploaded to YouTube under Creative Commons license and final project materials (including any slides, video and other media, documentation, working code, etc.) through a GitHub repository under an open source license.

Conceptual Design

Develop a conceptual design and rapid prototype demonstrating how blockchain technology can be used to improve AI access to anonymized legal data for analysis and prediction while protecting the security and privacy of the personal and confidential data of the type generated in providing legal services.

The conceptual design should include an outline or sketch of a realistic approach to deployment
and stable operation of the legal data capture, storage, security and use of anonymized AI system
including the following:

  • Business model,
  • Standards for design and functionality,
  • Legal framework, and
  • Technology architecture

Rapid Prototype

The rapid prototype should demonstrate how a system of democratized legal data generation and secure storage protects personal, confidential, and other data legally constrained from disclosure. Using blockchain applications, the prototype must illustrate how to maximize the capture and secure storage of data appropriate for AI machine and deep learning of trends, predictions and practices which will improve the legal industry’s efficiency, quality and economic performance of legal service on behalf of clients.

The rapid prototype will address such issues as the following:

  • Protecting personal health data from unauthorized disclosure;
  • Preventing client confidential information from unauthorized disclosure;
  • Preventing business and legal proprietary data from unauthorized disclosure
  • Generating robust instances of anonymized data from the securely stored non-disclosable data optimized for AI analytics; and 
  • Compliance with data storage and confidentiality regulations such the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation

Team Participation

To register your team project for the Democratization of Legal Data Challenge, submit a GitHub Issue with the following information:

• The name of your project and your team name;

• The names of your team members including the GitHub username of at least one member;

• The URL of the GitHub repository where your project will be developed and submitted;

• The URL of the YouTube Channel where your team will submit video; and

• The name and URL of the Festival Node in which your team is participating.

Criteria and Judging

Teams are expected to:

  • Pitch their project idea at or before the start of the 2018 CL+B Fest through a 2 minute or shorter video clip uploaded to YouTube under Creative Commons license;
  • Present their final project in a 2 minute or shorter video clip uploaded to YouTube under Creative Commons license;
  • Provide their final project materials (including any slides, video and other media, documentation, working code, etc) through a GitHub repository under an open source license.

Final team projects will be reviewed and rated by the following panel of invited judges:

Alyson Carrel (legal academic)

○ Assistant Dean of Law and Technology Initiatives

○ Clinical Assistant Professor

○ Assistant Director, Center on Negotiation and Mediation

○ Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Lawton Penn (legal practitioner)

○ Partner

○ DWT de Novo

○ Davis Wright Tremaine

Cat Moon (legal technologist)

○ Co-founder

○ Chief Design Officer

○ Legal Alignment (developer of DASH)

Tunji Williams & Alex Nordholm (legal technologists)

○ Co-founders

○ CEO and Product Development

○ dealWIP

The teams will be assessed based on the generation of a prototype solution that addresses the legal and technological issues outlined above. It should consider the attached vision mission & values of the Legal Open Data Alliance and the attached Manifesto of AI (Richard Susskind)(pp. 106 -127). A fully functional tech application is not expected, but acceptable. The winning entry will propose the use of appropriate principles and technical functionality for a solution to maximize both the privacy and security of confidential data and the generation and sharing of anonymized data for Artificial Intelligence applications.

 

The team submitting the top ranked, highest rated project will be invited to present the project in-person at the Summit on Law & Innovation (SoLI) at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. on April 30, 2018 to an international audience of thought and action leaders in legal innovation from law schools, legal practice, and legal technology development. The winning team or its representatives, as approved by the co-directors of SoLI, will have their registration fee, travel and accommodations for SoLI provided.

The Democratization of Legal Data Challenge shares the mission, vision, and values of the Legal Open Data Alliance (LODA).

LODA's Mission: The Legal Open Data Alliance is a global community of attorneys, technologists, entrepreneurs, scholars, designers, engineers, policymakers, and corporate leaders, united to develop and promote sustainable standards and best practices relating to the ethical and secure collection, exchange, storage, and analysis of legal data in order to better serve consumers of legal services and their attorneys.

LODA's Vision: The global democratization of legal data through open and transparent, yet secure, methods of data transmission and analysis.

LODA's Values:

Transparency & Security—We believe in the transformative power of the open and secure flow of anonymized legal information.

Interoperability—We believe that a robust and dynamic ecosystem of integrated legal technology applications will form the basis of a sustainable legal data economy.

Standardization—We believe that the standardization of practices and norms related to open legal data sharing will accelerate and sustain advancement in legal technology and service delivery.

Diversity—We believe in the necessity of complete diversity, in people, perspectives, and information sources, to manifest the best version of the world's open legal data future.

Ownership—We believe that all information yielded by work done on behalf of consumers of legal services is owned by those consumers, and as such should be deployed for the benefit of those consumers.

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