LawGPT, All The Music, and All The Patents Projects: Technology helping push legal boundaries

by Damien Riehl | at Minnebar 18 | 2:50 – 3:35 in Bde Maka Ska | View Schedule

Veteran 20+ year lawyer and technologist Damien Riehl expands upon his TED Talk and his recent SXSW talk, providing three topics — all related to Generative AI:

  1. Legal LLMs: How LLMs can turn 50-hour legal tasks into mere minutes — and how that's changing the legal industry, including potential improvements to the judiciary.

  2. All The Music: An update on how we copyrighted 471 billion melodies, then placed them into the Public Domain — all to save "you stole my melody" lawsuit defendants. Learn how this All The Music project has helped Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, and Ed Sheeran (twice).

  3. All The Patents: Take all the patents, seeking to push the boundaries of what constitutes an "obvious" invention — all using LLM-backed vector embeddings.

LLMs are transforming legal profession — and rapidly: GPT-4 not only passed the bar exam, it beat 90% of humans. This discussion — led by litigator, coder, and AI-builder Damien Riehl — will explore how AI is already shaping legal practice, as well as ways that the judiciary might use AI to better administer justice. He will also discuss how AI can help close the access-to-justice gap. Join us for this timely talk about how Generative AI will continue improving legal practice and justice.

This talk will be fast-paced. Plus, I'll be trying to break the land speed record for words spoken per minute. Join us!

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Damien Riehl

Damien Riehl is a lawyer and technologist with experience in complex litigation, digital forensics, and software development. A coder since 1985 and for the web since 1995, Damien clerked for the chief judges of state and federal courts, practiced in complex litigation for over a decade, has led teams of cybersecurity and world-spanning digital forensics investigations, and has led teams in legal-software development.

Co-Chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles, he is helping recommend changes to Minnesota statutes, rules, and policies — all related to connected and autonomous vehicles.

Damien is Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's working group on AI and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL).

At SALI, the legal data standard he helps lead, Damien develops and has greatly expanded the taxonomy of over 15,000 legal tags that matter, helping the legal industry's development of Generative AI, analytics, and interoperability.

At vLex Group — which includes Fastcase, NextChapter, and Docket Alarm — Damien helps lead the design, development, and expansion of various products, integrating AI-backed technologies (e.g., GPT) to improve legal workflows and to power legal data analytics.

In 2019, Damien gave a TEDx Talk about his All the Music project, which to date has computationally composed over 400,000,000,000 (400B) melodies, has written them to disc (fixed in a tangible medium), and has given the public access through Creative Commons Zero (CC0), which provides rights similar to rights to works in the Public Domain. Arguably improving copyright law through legal decisions that appeared to draw upon his TEDx Talk's arguments.

“This guy [Damien] rocks!” - Elon Musk


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