Accessing Justice with AI: Advancements, Opportunities, and Challenges

Join us as we explore the potential for new technologies to help or hinder access to justice in the latest release of our series Portable Presents: Informed AI.

Online Event
23 May 2023
2:00 am - 3:00 am

Accessing Justice with AI: Advancements, Opportunities, and Challenges

About this webinar

Join Portable’s Senior Legal Designers, Luke Thomas and Emily MacLoud, as they have a conversation with Tom Dreyfus, CEO & Co-founder of Josef and Julian Vido, Lawyer & Technology Consultant on the potential for new technologies to help or hinder access to Justice.

In this hour-long session, you'll hear our speakers discuss the potential for large language models and crowdsourced data sets to provide clearer legal information, the need for consultation and participatory design when developing AI, and how lawyers and technologists can collaborate to solve complex justice issues in innovative ways.

About our speakers

Emily MacLoud — Senior Legal Designer, Portable

Emily is a skilled Senior Design Strategist and Researcher committed to conducting deep and thoughtful research and engaging with a range of communities to develop human-centred solutions.

While at Portable, Emily has successfully worked with community legal centres, justice departments, and courts services across the country. Recent projects include working with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General QLD to explore how bail information can be made more accessible and West Heidelberg Community Legal Service to explore how service delivery could be made more human-centred, which involved engaging with legal staff and family violence victim survivors.

Luke Thomas — Senior Legal Designer, Portable

As a Senior Legal Designer, Luke's work at Portable seeks to achieve this through designing products and introducing design solutions that increase equality and access to justice, including creating an online dispute resolution products for National Legal Aid and Worksafe, and an online portal and legal aid grants tracker for Legal Aid NSW.

As well as facilitating and conducting user research with sector stakeholders and end-users of services for clients including Victoria Legal Aid, Attorney General’s Department, Commonwealth Ombudsman and Juries Victoria, Luke has extensive experience in teaching legal design and co-design methodologies having facilitated sessions and workshops to introduce law students to design frameworks at Melbourne Law School, Swinburne Law School, and Queensland University of Technology Law School. He’s also shared his legal design expertise at Melbourne Knowledge Week 2021 and ALTACon 2019.

Tom Dreyfus — CEO & Co-founder, Josef

Tom Dreyfus is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Josef, and leads the company strategy and global relationships with customers and technology partners.

Tom has worked as a solicitor, and served as an associate at the High Court of Australia. Tom was also a founding member of the Columbia Law School Legal Technology Association. Tom has held board and leadership roles in not-for-profit organisations, and is a regular speaker at global legal industry events.

Julian Vido — Lawyer & Technology Consultant, ANU School of Cybernetics

Julian is a lawyer and technology consultant with diverse experience working to provide access to justice to communities across Australia.  

Throughout his work, Julian has actively sought to combine his qualifications in law and anthropology. Prior to moving to Canberra, he worked on the investigation and prosecution of a number of significant criminal cases involving damage to Aboriginal sacred sites in the Northern Territory. During his time working in sacred site protection and as a legal aid lawyer, he became increasingly concerned by the role of socio-technical systems in exacerbating disadvantage.  

Currently, Julian is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University’s School of Cybernetics, where he is researching how justice centred design can ensure the ethical development and deployment of artificial intelligence systems. Drawing on his diverse experience, Julian brings a multi-disciplinary approach to meeting the challenge of designing technologies that advance social justice.  

Webinar details

Tuesday 23 May, 12pm-1pm AEST

A link to join the webinar will be provided to registered participants via email prior to the event starting.

After the 50 minute presentation, attendees will be invited to stay for a Q&A session with the panellists for up to 10 mins, and a recording of the webinar will be distributed to all registered participants in the days after the event.

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