Faculty Notes

Prof. Vern Walker Presents in Barcelona on Artificial Intelligence and Law

Vern R. Walker, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology

Professor Vern R. Walker gave a peer-reviewed presentation titled “Plausibility Schemas: Templates for Legal Factfinding” on June 9, 2009.

The presentation was during the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2009), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Barcelona, Spain.

The presentation was accompanied by two-page “research abstract” of the same title, published in the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, June 8-12, 2009, pp. 214-15 (ACM: New York, 2009).


This paper describes a default-logic framework (plausibility schemas) and software tools (Decision Apprentice™ and Legal Apprentice™) for modeling, guiding and automating the reasoning from evidence in a legal record to a finding of fact.

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