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Welcome to CALIcon17, the 27th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing.

Wednesday, June 14
  • Sponsor setup at the law school 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM in room 171
  • Registration from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM in room 555Pizza and soft drinks will be served.
  • Presenters Meeting (optional) 6:00 Pm - 6:30 PM in room 450

Thursday - Friday

  • CALIcon17 registration and check-in 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM in room 267
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Thursday, June 15 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Human Element in Search Algorithms: Bias and Accountability in Legal Databases

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This session introduces a study of search algorithms in legal databases (Casetext, Fastcase, Google Scholar, Lexis Advance,Ravel,and Westlaw). Their algorithms are created by humans, who have made multiple choices about how the search will be carried out and what processes and documents will be used to enhance search results. Legal researchers don't know a lot about what those choices were, but the choices have a dramatic effect on the search results each database returns. Every algorithm works in a unique matrix of assumptions, biases, and enhancements, that might be called an algorithmic world view, and those world views vary widely. The study used identical searches in identical jurisdictional databases in each of the six legal databases, and the variations in results are startling. Every legal database returns unique and relevant results, and the overlap in the results is much less than might be expected. One major takeaway: we need keep asking for more algorithmic accountability from database providers.

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Susan Nevelow Mart

Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library, University of Colorado Law School
Susan Nevelow Mart is an Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. Her scholarly and teaching interests center on the intersections of law and libraries. She has written and presented nationally and locally on legal i... Read More →



Thursday June 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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