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Friday, November 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Computer Did It: Automation, Evaluation, and the Creation of National Justice Index Standards for Algorithmic Applications

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Algorithmic decision-making has enormous potential to help vulnerable people in our society. By reducing the role of human decision-makers, AI promises to increase efficiencies, reduce biases, and simplify processes. States want AI to decide eligibility for Medicaid, public housing, SNAP benefits, and more. But, with all this promise and potential, why is there so much litigation? AI applications are going awry with erroneous decisions, embedded biases, wrongful findings of fraud, and requirements to re-do decisions. Will AI systems, including portals and online dispute resolution, work as hoped? Due process, equal protection, FOIA, and statutory challenges are proceeding against AI models and are on the rise. What are the consequences of saying to ourselves and to others, “the computer did it”? Our community needs advocacy tools, including national standards, to hold government, tech firms, and other powerful interests accountable to the rule of law. We must preserve the rights of people against the new tyranny of presumptions of accuracy. Join this group conversation about the promise, the perils, and the national standards that are defining the entry of AI into the justice sphere.


Michele Gilman

Faculty Fellow, Data & Society, and Venable Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
Michele Gilman is the Venable Professor of Law and director of the Civil Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she supervises students representing low-income individuals and community groups in a wide range of litigation and law reform matters. During... Read More →
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Angela Tripp

Co-Executive Director, Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell is Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a research and policy organization based at Fordham Law School that relies on data and advocacy to build a more just and equitable society. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives, including... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Marquette B 5th Floor