VERN R. WALKER

MAJOR PRESENTATIONS


“The Research Laboratory for Law, Logic & Technology,” presentation at the Hofstra Digital Research Center Forum on “Digital Thinking / Critical Thinking,” held at Hofstra University on October 25, 2013.

“Legal Reasoning Models,” presentation at the MIDAS Workshop on Engaging Computational Methods for Public Health Law & Policy, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 7-8, 2013.

“Logic and Legal Reasoning,” presentation at the Logic Across the Disciplines Conference, held at James Madison University, on September 13, 2013. Video is available (advance through the playlist to Walker presentation).

“From Information Retrieval (IR) to Argument Retrieval (AR) for Legal Cases: Report on a Baseline Study,” co-authored with Kevin D. Ashley, presentation by Kevin Ashley at the 26th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2013), held in Bologna, Italy, on December 11-13, 2013.

“Toward Constructing Evidence-Based Legal Arguments Using Legal Decision Documents and Machine Learning,” co-authored with Kevin D. Ashley, presentation at the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2013), held in Rome, Italy, on June 10-14, 2013.

“Representing the Use of Rule-Based Presumptions in Legal Decision Documents,” presentation at the Workshop on Formal Argument and Evidential Inference, held in Rome, Italy, on June 14, 2013, as part of the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2013).

“The Research Laboratory for Law, Logic & Technology,” presentation at the Workshop on Educational Applications of Computer-Supported Argumentation Tools, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research & Development Center, held at the University of Pittsburgh, on May 8-10, 2013.

“The Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology (LLT Lab),” presentation at The Twelfth International Conference on Substantive Technology in Legal Education and Practice (SubTech 2012), hosted by New York Law School, in New York City on July 26-28, 2012.

“A Process Approach to Inferences of Causation: Empirical Research from Vaccine Cases in the United States,” co-authored with Chan Hee Park, Philip H. Hwang, Arthur John, Evgeny I. Krasnov, and Keith Langlais, presentation at the Third International Conference on Quantitative Justice and Fairness, held in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 22-24, 2012.

“Meaning, Logic, and the Systematization of Law: Kelsen, Wittgenstein and Information Architecture,” presentation at the Workshop on Fundamental Concepts and the Systematization of Law, part of the 24th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2011), held in Vienna, Austria, on 14-16 December 2011. Copy of full text available for download in .pdf format

“Empirically Quantifying Evidence Assessment in Legal Decisions,” presentation at the Second International Conference on Quantitative Aspects of Justice and Fairness, held on 25-26 February 2011 in Fiesole, near Florence, Italy. The conference was hosted by the European University Institute.

“Plausibility Schemas: Templates for Legal Factfinding,” presentation at the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2009), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, 9 June 2009, Barcelona, Spain.

“Designing Factfinding for Cross-Border Healthcare,” presentation at the international workshop “Medical liability and medical accidents compensation: From the blame game to individual rights protection in the provision of medical services,” at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 6 June 2009, Pisa, Italy.

“Assessing the Probative Value of Evidence,” a four-day seminar course at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 7 & 11-13 May 2009, Pisa, Italy.

“Building Legal Reasoning Trees,” a four-day seminar course at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 4-6 & 14 May 2009, Pisa, Italy.

“Demystifying Scientific Evidence: Categorization and Prediction,” presentation for “A Day of Evidence,” a program of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), 2 April 2009, New York City.

“Demystifying Scientific Evidence: Categorization and Prediction,” presentation at the City of New York Administrative Judicial Institute, for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), 10 December 2008, New York City.

“Demystifying Scientific Evidence: Categorization and Prediction,” presentation at the 2008 Annual Conference and Meeting of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ), 14 October 2008, New York City.

“Lawyers, Judges, Regulators and Scientists: Using the Precautionary Principle to Decide Legal Cases,” series of four lectures presented at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, 5-8 May 2008.

“Visualizing Legal Reasoning: Using Logic, Graphics, and Computers in Representing Knowledge and Constructing Arguments,” presentation/workshop to the Legal Service of the European Commission, 22 March 2007, Brussels, Belgium.

“Legal Factfinding under Scientific Uncertainty,” presentation for the Ghent Court of Appeal and the Faculty of the Ghent University Law School, 19 March 2007, Ghent, Belgium.

“Visualizing Legal Reasoning: Pedagogical Implications,” faculty workshop at the University of San Diego Law School, 9 March 2007, San Diego, California.

“Visualizing the Dynamics around the Rule/Evidence Interface in Legal Reasoning,” presentation at the conference on “Graphic and Visual Representations of Evidence and Inference in Legal Settings,” sponsored by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University, 28-29 January 2007, New York, New York.

“Information Quality, OMB, and the Courts,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 3 - 6 December 2006, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“A Default-Logic Framework for Legal Reasoning in Multiagent Systems,” presentation at the 2006 Fall Symposium of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, as part of a symposium on “Interaction and Emergent Phenomena in Societies of Agents,” 12-15 October 2006, Arlington, Virginia.

“Scientific Autonomy within Governmental Decision-making about Risk,” presentation at the Fifth Annual Colloquium of the European American Consortium on Legal Education, 26 May 2006, Washington, D.C.

“Administrative Law Aspects of OMB’s Proposed Risk Assessment Bulletin,” invited presentation at a Public Forum on “OMB’s Proposed Risk Assessment Bulletin: Implications for Practice Inside and Outside Government,” sponsored by the Society for Risk Analysis, 23-24 May 2006, Washington, D.C.

“A Default-Logic Model of Factfinding for United States Regulation of Food Safety,” invited presentation at a Workshop on “Uncertain Risks Regulated: National, EU and International Regulatory Models Compared,” held at Maastricht University, 11-12 February 2005, in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

“Judicial Review of Risk Assessment in the European Union,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 8 December 2004, in Palm Springs, California.

“Risk Regulation and the Emerging World Government,” invited public lecture at Erasmus University Rotterdam, School of Law, 5 November 2004, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Participation as an expert at a workshop on “Risk, Uncertainty, and Dissent — Dealing With ‘Chancy’ Science and ‘Chancy’ Society,” held in Seville, Spain, on 25-26 June 2004, by invitation of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), a research institute of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

“Acceptable Uncertainty about Causation in Specific Cases,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 8 December 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Recent Developments in European Union Caselaw,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 8 December 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Regulating Real But Unquantified Risk,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 10 December 2002, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Risk Perception Studies and International Trade Disputes,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 5 December 2001, in Seattle, Washington.

“An Overview of Food Safety Regulation in the U.S.,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 5 December 2000, in Arlington, Virginia.

“The SPS Agreement and Food Safety Regulation in the United States: The Fiction of Science as ‘Neutral Arbiter,’ ” presentation at the conference on “Science and International Trade,” sponsored by Suffolk University Law School, Boston College Law School, the International Section of the Boston Bar Association, and the American Society of International Law (New England Regional Meeting), 20 October 2000, in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Theories of Uncertainty: Explaining the Sources of Possible Error in Inferences,” presentation at the symposium on “Artificial Intelligence and Judicial Proof,” sponsored by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law Review, and The Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, 30 April 2000, in New York, New York.

“Problems in Decomposing Uncertainty,” presentation at the Second World Conference on New Trends in Criminal Investigation and Evidence, sponsored by the International Network for Research on (the Law of) Evidence and Procedure, 10 - 15 December 1999, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“Using Epistemic Policies to Warrant Legal Factfinding: An Epistemic Evaluation of the Preponderance Standard of Proof,” featured paper and presentation at the Third Annual UNC Law & Philosophy Workshop on “Epistemology and the Law of Evidence,” sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina, 13 October 1999, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“A Legal Perspective on the Precautionary Principle,” invited presentation at a workshop on “Scientific Uncertainty and the Role of the Precautionary Principle in Risk Management,” organized by the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission, 19 May 1999, in Brussels, Belgium.

“Bargaining for Risk - A New Paradigm for Risk Regulation?” with John S. Applegate, presentation at the Biennial Meeting of the Risk Assessment & Policy Association, 26 March 1999, in Alexandria, Virginia.

“New Risk Analysis Requirements through the World Trade Organization,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 7 December 1998, in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Judicial Policies and Techniques for Dealing With Missing Information,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 8 December 1997, in Washington, D.C.

“Risk Analysis in the Courts: A Roadmap for Risk Analysts,” co-authored poster presentation sponsored by the Risk Science and Law Specialty Group at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 10 December 1997, in Washington, D.C.

“Comments on ‘Coping with Stigma: Challenges and Opportunities,’” invited comments delivered at The Annenberg Conference on Risk, Media, and Stigma, 23-24 March 1997, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Risk Regulation and the ‘Faces of Uncertainty,’” presentation at the Biennial International Meeting of the Risk Assessment & Policy Association, 7 March 1997, in Alexandria, Virginia.

“Determining Personal Risk,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 11 December 1996, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Risk Assessment and Toxic Injury Litigation,” participation on a panel discussion in the Symposium on Risk Science and Law, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 10 December 1996, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Risk Characterization and the Weight of Evidence: Lessons from the Courts,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 5 December 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“Shared Management of Reasonable Risk: Implications for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring,” keynote presentation at the 1995 Royal Dutch/Shell Group Environmental Seminar on “Assessment and Monitoring,” 15 - 18 May 1995, in Scheveningen/The Hague, The Netherlands; summary printed in the Seminar Proceedings (Report HSE 95.019).

“Probability, Direct Inference, and a Conceptual Gulf in Risk Communication,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 6 December 1994, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Scientific Evidence of Toxic Causation: How To Find, Evaluate and Use It,” day-long continuing legal education program covering numerous topics, presented at Hofstra University on 27 March 1993.

“Statistics: Basic Concepts, Terminology, Limitations, and Uses,” presentation at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 9 February 1993, as part of the seminar series “Science for Environmentalists, Environmental Lawyers and Other Environmental Professionals,” sponsored by the Committee on Environmental Law.

“Federalism and Compensation for Accidental Injuries,” presentation at “Governmental Structures in the U.S.A. and the Sovereign States of the Former U.S.S.R.: Power Allocation Among Central, Regional and Local Governments,” an international conference held at Hofstra University on 9 - 11 April 1992.

“Clarifying Scientific Uncertainties for Decisionmakers,” presentation at “The Environment: Global Problems, Local Solutions,” an interdisciplinary conference held at Hofstra University on 7 - 9 June 1990.

“Cross-currents in the Lab: Ethics, Science, and Legal Responsibility,” presentation at Berlex Laboratories, Wayne, N.J., on 18 April 1989.

“Procedural Issues of Risk Assessment as Evidence: Keeping a Risk Assessment Out of Evidence,” presentation at the Seminar on Risk Assessment in Environmental Law, sponsored by the Environmental Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, on 4 February 1988; reported in Toxic Chemicals and Health Risk Assessments in Regulation and Litigation, 44 Record of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York 391 (1989).

“Interstate Transport of Particulate Matter: Issues of Data Representativeness, Accuracy and Interpretation,” with Michael K. Anderson, paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Air Pollution Control Association, held in New Orleans, 21-26 June 1982 (Paper No. 82-34.3).


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