Legal Informatics – An Information-Centered Approach to Legal Technology

Date: Wednesday, July 17th from 2:00 – 2:45 pm EST/1:00 – 1:45 pm CT/12:00 – 12:45 pm MT/11:00 – 11:45 am PST

Legal informatics—the structure, format, technology, and user behavior connected to legal information—provides the theoretical and practical knowledge students need to become critical and adaptive users of information. In this webinar, I will discuss the Legal Informatics class that I designed and led at the University of Washington’s iSchool, targeted at students in the law librarianship program. I will cover how this course curriculum could be adapted to meet the needs of future lawyers who seek a better understanding of the storage, transmission, processing, accessibility, and analysis of legal information in modern practice.

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Benjamin Carlson, Associate Director for Scholarly Data & Innovation, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School


Ben Carlson is the Associate Director for Scholarly Data and Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and Guest Faculty in the Law Librarianship Program at the University of Washington iSchool. His primary focus in law libraries has been on the access and dissemination of faculty scholarship through open access platforms, the study of scholarly impact in legal academia, and the preservation of legal information.

Ben has presented on many topics related to libraries and information technology, including APIs, web scraping, working with technology professionals, scholarly communication, data collection and analysis, and large language models.