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Law symposium explores law and technology gaps

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

The rate of technological innovation is accelerating, with each advance presenting new legal challenges. So why is the law often playing catch-up, and what can be done about it?

The South Carolina Law Review will explore this gap during its upcoming symposium “The Practice of Law in the 21st Century: The Intersection of Law & Technology.” The event will take place Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1, at the University of South Carolina School of Law auditorium.

The symposium will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a keynote address by Bill Neukom, former executive vice president of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, past president of the American Bar Association and founder, president and CEO of the World Justice Project.

Neukom will offer his insights on how the law and the legal profession can keep pace with technology, as well as share his views on the changing legal and geopolitical landscape and its impact on corporate counsel and private attorneys. He’ll also discuss the Rule of Law, a cause to which he has devoted time, energy and attention in recent years.

Friday sessions will take place 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and focus on emerging trends and technologies in electronic discovery, technology’s impact on the ethical obligations of attorneys and how the rules of evidence and civil procedure have each attempted—perhaps unsuccessfully—to keep step with recent technological advances.

The symposium features six U.S. judges and Google’s head of E-Discovery, including:

Joseph F. Anderson Jr., U.S. District Court Judge in South Carolina

Nathan Crystal, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Law

John Facciola, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Washington D.C.

Paul Grimm, U.S. District Court Judge in Maryland

Jack Halprin, head of E-Discovery, Google

Shiva Hodges, U.S. Magistrate Judge in South Carolina

Richard Marcus, professor, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Sarah Montgomery, senior litigation counsel for E-Discovery, U.S. Department of Justice

David Norton, U.S. District Court Judge in South Carolina

Shira Scheindlin, U.S. District Court Judge in the Southern District of New York

Kenneth Withers, director of judicial education, The Sedona Conference

Derek Witte, adjunct professor, John Marshall Law School; Of Counsel at Talcott Franklin, P.C.

Charles Yablon, professor, Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law

For more information and to register online or contact Kim Cochran and Jess O’Neill, symposium editors, at 803-777-5874 or via email at

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Posted: 02/13/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/24/13 @ 9:00 PM | Permalink

If you're going...

  • What: The Practice of Law in the 21st Century: The Intersection of Law & Technology
  • When: Feb. 28 and March 1
  • Where: USC School of Law auditorium
  • Who: Bill Neukom, former Microsoft executive and president and CEO of the World Justice Project, six U.S. judges, law scholars and Jack Halprin, head of Google's e-discovery
  • Cost: Thursday keynote is free. Friday sessions require registration and are free for USC students and faculty. $75 (prior to Feb. 25) for law practioners seeking CLE credit.
  • CLE Credit: S.C. Bar approved for 5.25 CLE credits, including 1.17 hours of ethics credit

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