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context, machine learning is an application of AI that is becoming more well known with the surge of big data and legal analytics. What Is Happening In Atlanta? If you are an in-house attorney, you are probably already well aware of data privacy as the new regulations apply to many com- panies with a domestic and inter- national presence. Further, many of the big players in legal research including LexisNexis, WestLaw and Bloomberg Law have recently released new legal analytics tools. If you are in the world of eDiscov- ery, there are advances in machine learning to help facilitate accurate searches of expansive troves of electronically stored information. However, for a few sectors, this new buzz is old news as they were already under the scrutiny of data privacy and security regulations including healthcare (HIPAA) and finance (Gramm- Leach- Bliley Act). Many law firms have included or expanded practice groups to cover areas of data privacy, data security and AI. Specifically, according to Nola Vanhoy, Senior Director of Legal Technology Innovation, Alston & Bird has created a “cross- practice area team that focuses on emerging technologies, including AI, and privacy.” A partner with a broad base in technology and privacy leads this group. Further, they “assist clients in IP ownership matters relating to AI, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications in AI, blockchain, and other technologies through our Patent Prosecution Group.” Additionally, they have a Privacy & Data Security Group “which ad- vises clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in all phases of their privacy programs worldwide, including the signifi- cant implications relating to the use of AI.” On the academic side, Georgia State University College of Law is partnering with the GSU Robinson College of Business and local busi- ness partners for a Legal Analytics program. This program currently offers an interdisciplinary class for law students and Masters of Sci- ence in Analytics students to work together on complex legal and technical projects. During the fall, under the direction of Nicole Iann- arone and Charlotte Alexander, students looked through 55,000 arbitration documents from the Financial Industry Regulatory Au- thority (“FINRA”) to pull together a corpus to analyze. Students tried to create machine learning algo- rithms that either explained past results or tried to predict future results. For example, one team looked at arbitration awards trying to determine if the background of the arbitrator would influence the outcome for one side or the other. tablished) lawyers who are ready for the technology that is inevita- bly going to be part of their future legal careers. L AWYER R EFERRAL I NFORMATION S ERVICE & LRIS REFER CALLS TO Remember, if your firm receives those occasional calls regarding legal issues that you do not handle, refer them to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service. 404-521-0777 Overall, GSU’s College of Law program, law firms and in-house legal departments are all pushing the development of new (and es- The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 13