David Colarusso

David Colarusso

David Colarusso is an attorney, software engineer, and former high school physics teacher living in the greater Boston area. Originally hired by the MA public defender agency as a staff attorney, he now serves as their data scientist. He is the author of a programming language for lawyers, QnA Markup, an award winning legal hacker, and an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School. He likes to build things: furniture, software, reasoned arguments… His latest creations can be found on his eponymous website. And of course, the opinions expressed in his posts are his and do not reflect those of his employers.

Portland’s Precrime Experiment and the Limits of Algorithms

Using data science to predict where crime might occur is problematic. When we have unfair metrics, we develop unfair algorithms.

Pattern Recognition: Regular Expressions and You

Regular expressions, (a/k/a regex), are a powerful tool that can help you automate routine tasks. Here is a guide on how to get started.

Life (2016 Short Fiction Contest Winner)

"Life," by David Colarusso, is the winner of our 2016 Short Fiction Contest.

Driverless Cars Poised to Undermine War on Drugs

We keep hearing that driverless cars are the future. If that is true, what does that mean for the future of law?

Uncovering Big Bias with Big Data

What follows is the story of how I used Virginia court cases to discover what best predicts defendant outcomes: race or income.