Legal Tech Student Lecture- Daniel Martin Katz on Big Data and the future of Law


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Can a computer predict decisions of the court? (Yes ( And if so, will that change the way in which law affects society? Will we delegate part of legal decision-making to algorithms, and will that improve the results? Not necesarily, it seems (

On the 10th of May, Professor Daniel Martin Katz will discuss the impact of Big Data on the legal system with students and PhD's during the first Legal Tech Lecture. Professor Katz will sketch the latest developments as well as the future of the legal field. Following this introduction, there will be a discussion moderate by Prof. Dr. Arjan van den Borne. Finally, there will be a workshop where Prof. Katz provides feedback on any projects, ideas, or urgent questions that the attendees are currently working on.

Since the implications of technology for law, the legal profession, access to justice, and society go far beyond legal aspects only, we invite students and PhD's from all backgrounds to join us and share their perspectives.

note: Students and PhD's only! - The event will be in English. The event starts at 19:00, doors open from 18:30.

The first Legal Tech Lecture is made possible by Kennedy Van der Laan ( Professor Katz is speaking at an exlusive general counsel event in honour of the firm's 25th anniversary, and kindly agreed to spend the prior evening sharing ideas with students. Kennedy Van der Laan further provided for the Ketelhuis, an excellent location at the Westergasfabriek near the firm's Amsterdam office.

The evening will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Arjan van den Born, scientific director of the Jheronimus Academy for Data Science ( JADS is an initiave of Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology, and provides a number of data science programs at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level to educate the data scientist of the future.

About Daniel Martin Katz

Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's changing legal job market. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz's forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement among the Fastcase 50 (, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law." He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal's"Legal Rebels," ( a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession. (text and image: ( blog: (

Suggested reading

• Quantitative Legal Prediction – or – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Preparing for the Data Driven Future of the Legal Services Industry (

• A General Approach for Predicting the Behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States

• Harnessing legal complexity (

Or, if you just want a 13 min. update, watch this: