This article, published in December 2010, provides an overview of the LLT Lab’s methodology and then-current research.
The Research Laboratory is dedicated to inventing and making available tools that make legal practice and legal education more effective and more efficient. This effort includes:
- First, combining our logic investigations with state-of-the-art technology to create tools that can increase the efficiency of decision-making processes in society;
- Second, creating methods for training legal decision-makers and legal practitioners, as well as researchers and students, in the use of logic skills; and
- Third, developing management structures for coordinating teams of researchers, and for ensuring the quality of their research products.
Vern Walker submitted a paper and gave a 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 presentation, entitled “Empirically Quantifying Evidence Assessment in Legal Decisions,” reported some baseline results for the Vaccine/Injury Project.
MAX is one of the four major logical connectives that we use in modeling the evidence assessment of a factfinder. It is a generalized form of the logical connective OR.
MIN is one of the four major logical connectives that we use in modeling the evidence assessment of a factfinder. It is a generalized form of the logical connective AND. But we have to use it very carefully.
Meet the current members of the Research Laboratory.
We at the LLT Lab integrate legal research, education and actual practice. So we look for projects and samples of decisions in legal areas that:
- Have substantial social importance;
- Would benefit from increased accuracy and efficiency; and
- Would produce research that will translate to other legal areas.
We are confident that such projects would usefully serve both legal practice and legal education.
These are the assigned readings for the course in Comparative Health Care Regulation, part of the study abroad program in Pisa, Italy in 2010 co-sponsored by Hofstra Law School and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. The program as a whole incorporates both methods and materials developed at the LLT Lab.
Professor Walker discusses the logical nature of legal rules.
Professor Walker illustrates graphic diagrams of rule trees.
Logic diagrams of rule trees enable users to visualize the logic of a large system of legal rules. The Lab creates software models that both display as rule tree diagrams and provide active templates for modeling the reasoning of individual legal decisions.