The Program on Understanding Law, Science and Evidence (PULSE) @ UCLA Law has added a new fellow to advance its cutting-edge initiative exploring the interplay of artificial intelligence and the law.
Elana Zeide, whose focus is the application of ethics and legal policy to new technologies, has been named the PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law and Policy for 2018-2020. She joins Alicia Solow-Niederman, who last year was appointed the first PULSE fellow.
The full-time research fellowships are funded with a $1.5 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to study disruptions to society and the legal system spurred the application of machine learning to numerous aspects of life, from healthcare and finance to national security and fundamental social arrangements.
Zeide previously served as a fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, Yale School of Law's Information Society Project, and New York University's Information Law Institute. She was a visiting assistant professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and worked a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. from New York University School of Law.
Solow-Niederman, whose scholarship focuses on the interaction between emerging technologies and legal, political and social institutions, was named a winner of the 2017 Yale Law Journal graduate essay competition for her work on data breaches. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
UCLA Law professors Edward Parson and Richard Re are co-directors of the Project on Artificial Intelligence, Law and Policy. Parson is the Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law at UCLA Law. Re is co-director of PULSE, which was launched in 2009 to conduct research on the ways in which innovations in science and evidence influence law and policy making.
In spring of 2017, the PULSE Project on Artificial Intelligence, Law and Policy held its first workshop, on "Artificial Intelligence in Strategic Context: Development Paths, Impacts, and Governance." More than 20 experts — including scholars in mathematics, engineering, law and social science — participated.
"Fellows of Elana's and Alicia's caliber will allow the Project on Artificial Intelligence, Law and Policy to tackle emerging issues in assessing the benefits and risks of AI," said Re. "We look forward to hosting additional conferences this year and collaborating with colleagues from other institutions and areas of scholarship to identify impacts, good and bad, on our legal and social structures."