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SOLI 2019

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The 2019 Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI) was held July 20, 2019 and was the fourth conference produced by the Program on Law and Innovation. On July 20, 50 courageous people gathered at Vanderbilt Law School for a day-long interactive unconference designed to explore our human relationship with the fear of failure, the power of intelligent failure, its (necessary?) role in driving innovation across the legal industry, and more.

With curiosity and open minds, we shared stories, asked questions, hatched plans—all with a transparency and vulnerability that comes from true collaboration in a safe space.


 Press Coverage

Law 360
3 Legal Go-Getters On How They’re Altering The Industry

Legal Tech Download: Ayfie, Doxly And Reynen Court

The American Lawyer
After 40 Years of Constant Change, What's Next for the Legal Industry?

Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Summit
Oh, the Places You Will Fail! A Letter From Failure Camp


SOLI 2018

2018 SOLI ConferenceThe 2018 Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI) took place on April 30, 2018, and is the third annual conference produced by Vanderbilt Law’s Program on Law and Innovation. To engage in both a broader and more inclusive discussion about how to move the legal profession forward through innovation, SoLI’s mission is to break down traditional silos across the legal profession by facilitating connections and collaborations to create meaningful and measurable innovation across legal education, legal practice, and our systems of justice.

2018 SOLI ConferenceIn 2018, SoLI brought together thought and action leaders across legal education, legal practice, and legal technology to seed both practical innovations along with big ideas and concrete calls to innovation action. Three rounds of “ignite” talks included a primer delivered by an industry leader, who was followed by three short, dynamic talks from legal professions from across education, technology, and practice sectors. The full roster of speakers and the schedule can be found here.

By day’s end, legal professionals from across the spectrum — including law school deans, law librarians, in-house counsel, practitioners from both small and AmLaw 100 firms, legal operations professionals — collaborated with participants from other industries — including business, medicine, engineering, design, technology — to forge connections and design projects for turbo-charging innovation across the traditional silos.

The PoLI team also began planning for SoLI 2019, which will iterate on the SoLI mission and model to bring even greater collaboration to legal innovation going forward.


Press Coverage

American Lawyer/ Breaking Down Silos Between Tech, Firms and Academia to Reach Innovation

ABA Journal: SoLI and Its Facilitators Seek to Spur Innovation

ABA Journal: Conference to Tackle New Approaches for Law Schools, Lawyers and Legal Technologists

ABA Journal: SoLI Summit Emphasizes Breaking Down Silos, Rethinking Legal Education (post-SoLI coverage)

ABA for Law Students: Embracing Experiential Learning

Ahead of the Curve (ALM/ legal education blog): Interview with Cat and SoLI coverage

Legal Tech News/ What Football's Music City Miracle Teaches Us About Law Firm Operations (SoLI Retrospective)

Legal Tech News/ Breaking Down Silos: SoLI's Pitch for How to Join in Legal Change

LawSites (legal blog): Four Upcoming Law School Conferences on Innovation in Law

LawSites (legal blog): Can Non-Lawyers Bring More Benefit to the Legal Profession? (post-SoLI)

Above the Law: SoLI Not Silos

Above the Law: Do it #SoLI Style: All Together Now (post-SoLI)

Legal Executive Institute: 6 Questions with Larry Bridgesmith

Reinventing Professionals (legal blog): The Power of Cognitive Diversity and Radical Collaboration

Alix Devendra (SoLI facilitator) blog post on SoLI

Law Geex (legal blog): SoLI in the top 5 things in legal tech

Latitude Legal (SoLI sponsor) SoLI Summary (blog post)

LegalTech Blog (legal blog based in Europe): SoLI Announcement

Evolve Law Blog: Major Strides Forward for Women in Legal Tech

Attorney at Work (legal blog): Three Takeaways from LegalWeek 2018

LegalIT Insider: SoLI Announcement

LegalIT Insider: Major Strides Forward for Women in Legal Tech

Market Intelligence (legal blog): SoLI promo

Biz Journals: SoLI Press Release

Yahoo Finance: SoLI Press Release



Could your next lawyer be a machine?

Richard Susskind
“The Future of the Professions: How technology is changing the way professionals work and provide services”

Andrew Arruda
ROSS Intelligence helped build ROSS, the world's first artificially intelligent attorney, on top of IBM Watson.

Vanderbilt Law School's conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law, held in April 2016, attracted much media attention. Speakers included Richard Susskind , international speaker, independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments, and author of Tomorrow's Lawyers and The Future of the Professions, and Andrew Arruda, whose firm ROSS Intelligence helped build ROSS, the world's first artificially intelligent attorney, on top of IBM Watson.

Bloomberg BNA
Injecting Rationalism into the Artificial Intelligence Discussion
February 11

Legaltech News
The (Human) Lawyer’s Role in the Future of Legal (Part 2)
April 19

Machine Learning Through the Generations (of Discovery) and Beyond
April 19

What’s in a Name? AI in Modern E-Discovery
April 18

The (Human) Lawyer’s Role in the Future of Legal (Part 1)
April 18

AI Outsourced: How Legal Services Can Tackle Automation
April 15

ROSS and AI: The Next Step in Legal Tech?
April 14

Can AI Replace Lawyers? Vanderbilt Law Event to Address Legal Machines
April 8

Nashville Business Journal
Nashville attorneys, meet your next (robotic) co-worker
April 11

The Tennessean
Lawyers confront artificial intelligence at Vanderbilt event
April 14

Artificial intelligence impacts legal profession
March 30


How might the legal profession evolve from its century-old Second Industrial Revolution complacency to join the rest of the world in the current Fourth Industrial Revolution? The ever-increasing pace of change on a global scale demands constant evolution, even in the law. Enter the Delta Model for lawyer competency, which seeks to provide a holistic, agile, and modern framework for identifying and developing the skills demanded by a 21st century practice. In this article for the American Bar Association's Law Practice Magazine , Professor Cat Moon shares how law students and practicing lawyers can use the Delta Model to design a path that leads to both personal thriving and professional excellence by focusing on the People, Process, and Practice skills required of legal professionals in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and beyond.

Professor Cat Moon, director of the PoLI Institute and Innovation Design, analyzes issues facing self-represented litigants, or pro se litigants, on "Tennessee Court Talk," an educational podcast from the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts. Across the country, approximately three in five people involved in civil cases are not represented by an attorney in court, which can lead to poor outcomes as people attempt to navigate complex legal procedures and issues on their own. The podcast highlights resources for self-represented litigants and how attorneys and judges can assist those with access to justice issues.

Professor Cat Moon was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, the first faculty member to be inducted.

Thomson Reuters: From Biology to Blockchain: Finding My Connection with the Law - Emily Lamm '19 authors this piece on her experience in PoLI courses.

Professor Cat Moon, director of innovation design with the Program on Law & Innovation, was among high-profile presenters from more than 30 countries addressing the future of legal services at the 2019 Legal Design Summit in Helsinki, Finland, Sept. 11-13.

Vanderbilt University: Provost appoints Online Education Committee - Vanderbilt will take stock of its resources for online education through the work of a new provost-appointed committee to ensure that the schools and colleges receive the needed support for these offerings, which advance the university’s mission of educating the whole student while encouraging lifelong learning. Professor Cat Moon is among the committee members.

Cat Moon to be a keynote speaker for the 2019 Legal Design Summit on November 13 in Helsinki. She will also be coaching the BrainFactory, a 3-day design sprint with law students leading up to the Summit.

Forbes: An Institute for Law and Innovation - Ahead of the Curve: Welcome to Campus, Gen Z - Wake Forest law professor Laura Graham discusses Gen Z and what law schools need to know about teaching them; the University of Pennsylvania Law School makes attorney well-being part of its mandatory professional responsibility course; and Vanderbilt's Program on Law and Innovation launches a hands-on certificate program for practitioners.

Business Wire: Vanderbilt Law School Launches New PoLI Institute Immersion-Based Programs and Certificate in Law and Innovation - Vanderbilt Law School and its Program on Law and Innovation (PoLI) officially launched the PoLI Institute and a new Certificate in Law and Innovation program. The PoLI Institute introduces a practical educational opportunity for both practicing attorneys and legal professionals, reaching far beyond the impact of hourly CLE courses.

Washington Lawyer: Law School in the Modern Era - Article highlights classes focused on the real-world aspects of practicing law. J.B. Ruhl, director, program in law and innovation, is quoted and the Program on Law and Innovation is featured.

Bitcoin: Legal field embraces promising use cases for blockchain tech - On April 7, attorneys and tech luminaries gathered at Vanderbilt University for “Blockchain and the Law,” a conference dedicated to the future of distributed ledger technology in the legal realm. The event, sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School’s Program on Law and Innovation, along with several local law and media firms, offered a chance for leaders at the fledgling cross-section between the worlds to give brief, TedTalk-esque presentations to a wider audience. Larry Bridgesmith, adjunct professor of law and coordinator of POLI, was quoted. The story also ran in Nasdaq.

The Huffington Post: Vanderbilt affiliates’ PredictGov uses machine learning to forecast Congress - A new website that forecasts Congressional bills’ success predicted the Affordable Care Act replacement bill would be shelved, awarding it a 15 percent chance of enactment. PredictGov, which uses big data and artificial intelligence to reach its conclusions, is the invention of a team of researchers that includes J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, and John Nay, a Vanderbilt doctoral student in integrated computational decision science. Ruhl and Nay are quoted. A similar story was also posted on Mashable .

The Young Lawyer (American Bar Association): Opinion: Try (legal) hacking around - J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, writes about the growing importance of “legal hacking,” which involves bringing together legal and technological experts to solve practical problems of community access to law and justice.

The National Law Journal: Preparing lawyers to be practice-ready in a tech-driven world - Getting law students practice-ready by graduation has always been a challenge for law schools, but many schools have begun to look beyond traditional legal training to enable students to compete in an increasingly tech-driven legal market. Larry W. Bridgesmith, adjunct professor of law and coordinator of the Program on Law and Innovation, is quoted. (Subscription required). A related story was posted by

Professor Larry Bridgesmith: Should "Prevention" Be a Core Principle of AI? Intraspexion trains a Deep Learning algorithm, a form of artificial intelligence (AI), to learn about certain types of legal threats, and eventually provide in-house attorneys with an early warning of the risks.  This AI functionality has been developed to avoid or prevent litigation. Read more

Should “Prevention” Be a Core Principle of AI?

Music City Legal Hackers Take First Place at Georgia Bar Legal Hackathon - The Music City Legal Hackers, a group sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School's Program on Law and Innovation that brings legal professionals and computer experts together to explore technology solutions for legal practice problems, took home the first-place prize of $2,000 at the Georgia State Bar Association's first legal hackathon in Atlanta Sept. 12-13.