3 Instructional Hours

Big Data & AI for Legal Professionals

Learn the essentials of big data and analytics.

About the program

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Presented in partnership with Fasken.

We've all heard about the potential for analytics and artificial intelligence to use big data to revolutionize products, services and the way people get work done.

But what are the core technologies behind these transformative forces? How do they work? More importantly – how can they help us do our work, better than ever before?

This session addresses the role of analytics and AI capabilities that rely on very large or unstructured data assets, for example: credit card transactions, social networks and online shopping data. You will survey the principles of AI and gain a foundation for using AI technology for data-driven decision making.

Designed for legal professionals with no previous analytics experience, the program skips technical jargon in favour of examining new technology through an easy-to-understand management lens. You'll map various business cases onto AI and data problems and recognize the possibilities of using Big Data and AI technologies to improve decision-making within your organization.

This program is part of the Analytics and Innovation for Legal Professionals series. Take any number of these programs or complete the full series.

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In this program you will learn to:

  • Demystify the world of AI: Learn the essentials of AI from Smith School of Business, Canada's leader in teaching applied AI for business.
  • Understand how to make AI happen: Learn how and why other companies implemented AI, exploring real-world examples. Cases look at real business people using AI to address business challenges and improve customer experience.

Who should attend

This program is designed for anyone in the legal profession.

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This program has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario and is eligible for CPD professional development credits, across Canada. For participants outside of Ontario, we are happy to help with the application process for CPD credits. Please contact us at execed@queensu.ca for assistance.

Personal benefits

  • Gain awareness of big data and the technologies used to analyze it.
  • Learn about the technologies that comprise artificial intelligence, and best practice use cases for each
  • Gain referenceable case examples enabling you to contribute and influence workplace discussions about AI

Organizational benefits

  • Discover new methods of decision-making and product/service development using analytics and AI
  • Cut through the hype of AI, and determine which technologies best fit your legal practice
  • Organize and find value in troves of corporate data using methods you can easily explain to others

Program Content

The session surveys AI methods appropriate for different analytical objectives, such as classification, neural networks, recommender systems, and smart contracts. Additionally, you’ll examine IT infrastructure, tools, and technologies that enable your law practice to maximize the value of its data assets.

On completion of this session, you will be able to frame various classes of business problems as AI problems using big data, identify appropriate data sources and determine analytics technologies necessary for the solution.

You will also get hands-on experience in planning and conducting relevant big data analysis in a way that is guided by your business model, can be easily explained, and leads to timely, actionable recommendations.

Session Leaders

Our session leader combines deep industry expertise with excellent teaching skills – able to cut through jargon and translate complex topics into accessible, practical concepts.

Anton Ovchinnikov is a Distinguished Professor of Management Analytics at Smith School of Business in Kingston, Canada. His research interests include, on the theoretical side, behavioral operations, revenue management and environmental sustainability. On the applied side, he studies data-driven applications in business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Anton’s work has been published in the leading academic journals. One of his academic papers was recognized as the finalist of the 2009 Junior Faculty Best Paper Competition held by the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), and his applied work was recognized as the finalist in the 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing section Practice Prize. In 2015 Anton received the Paul Kleindorfer Award in Sustainability from the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) for his work on sustainable operations. His case studies also won several awards, including the 2005 and 2011 INFORMS Case competitions. Anton organized several conferences and is on the editorial review boards of two leading operations management journals; his contributions to the academic community also received multiple service awards.

Samuel Dahan is a National Scholar and Assistant Professor of Law and at Queen’s University, as well as a lawyer and mediator. He is cross-appointed to both the Smith School of Business and Cornell University Law School, and is an affiliate faculty member of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Dahan is the founder and Director of the Conflict Analytics Lab, a global consortium (Queen’s-McGill-Columbia-HEC) concerned with the application of data science and Artificial Intelligence to dispute resolution and law. He is also the founder and developer of MyOpenCourt, a platform that improves access to justice through predictive dispute resolution research.

Samuel Dahan was a référendaire (legal secretary) at the Court of Justice of the European Union and clerked for the Conseil d’Etat (French Administrative Supreme Court). During the financial crisis of 2008-2009, he served as an advisor to the EU’s chief negotiator for the financial assistance program in Latvia. He also worked as an associate for White & Case and Essec-Irene, leading firms specializing in dispute resolution (2010-2014).

Dahan holds a doctorate in law from the University of Cambridge and studied law and dispute resolution at Harvard Law School; the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS-Ulm); the Sorbonne Law School; Leuven University in Belgium; and the University of Nice. He was a bronze medalist at the French and UK championships in kickboxing and Taekwondo.

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Upcoming Sessions

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  • Nov 10    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST


$800 CAD (plus applicable taxes)
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