ABTL - Association of Business Trial Lawyers


Northern California

Are Computers About to Eat Your Lunch (Or At Least Change the Way You Practice)?

You probably won't see R2D2 delivering a closing argument anytime soon. But computers and artificial intelligence (AI) are having profound effects on the way we practice law, particularly in document-intensive business litigation. Already machines routinely show themselves to be faster, cheaper and more accurate than human reviewers when it comes to reviewing documents for relevance and responsiveness, at least on a first-pass basis. So what does the future hold, and how has technology already changed the way we conduct — and fight over — discovery?

Our panel includes business litigators with deep knowledge of this area, plus two federal judges and a Stanford researcher who will bring us up to speed on what the future holds.

Join us on Tuesday, August 30 for a lively look at the business, ethical and practical aspects of AI entering the world of law.


Hon. Haywood Gilliam

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


Dean Harvey

Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Hon. Elizabeth Laporte

United State Magistrate Judge, Northern District of California, judicial observer for The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production

Nicole Shanahan

CodeX Fellow, Stanford Law School and The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics

David Stanton

Head of Information Law and Electronic Discovery group, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

We look forward to seeing you on August 30th!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016


6:00 p.m. — Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m. — Dinner

8:00 - 9:00 p.m. — CLE Program


The Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Veranda Ballroom (5th Floor)

The main entrance of the Hotel is located at 217 Stevenson Street, which is accessed from Third Street. The hotel is near the Powell Street BART Station.

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$110 — ABTL Members
$125 — Non-Members
$75 — Public Sector Attorneys
$1100 — Member Table of 10
$1250 — Non-Member Table of 10
Complimentary — Sitting Judges

* Add $20 per person for registration after 3/16/16.


1 Hour General MCLE Credit

The ABTL certifies that this activity conforms to the standards of approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


Contact Michele Sliva at abtl-ncal@comcast.net or (925) 447-7900.