David Freeman Engstrom

David Freeman Engstrom is the Bernard D. Bergreen Faculty Scholar, an Associate Dean, and Co-Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School.  His current research focuses on law and artificial intelligence, particularly the use of machine learning tools by government agencies and litigants in the civil justice system.  He is currently serving on the State Bar of California’s Closing the Justice Gap Working Group, tasked with proposing reforms to foster innovative legal service delivery systems.  From 2018-2020, he served as a principal advisor to the Administrative Conference of the United States on a project titled Government by Algorithm: Artificial Intelligence in Federal Administrative Agencies.  Engstrom is an elected member of the American Law Institute, an appointed member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a faculty affiliate at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, where he chairs the Technology Policy Governance committee.  He has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.  Before joining Stanford’s faculty, he practiced law, representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts and agencies.  

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