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The MSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Presents


"Artificial Intelligence: Robots, Avatars, and the Demise of the Human Mediator"

David Larson and Ronnie Howell with discuss whether science has advanced to the point that artificial intelligence devices can replace human mediators, arbitrators, dispute resolvers and problem solvers and whether humanoid robots and attractive avatars can create the requisite level of trust necessary to resolve disputes. They will also provide insights into what “virtual” mediation entails.


David A. Larson, Hamline University- School of Law

Ronnie Howell, Virtual Mediator

1 hour of Standard CLE credit and ADR credit applied for



Date:   Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 


ADR Section members, MSBA members & law students:  Free
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00

Teleconferencing is available. The telephone number to conference into the program is 866-939-8416 and the participant code is 3828518.