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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

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TechinLaw Legaltech Seminar Series

The Joseph F. Rice School of Law’s Academic Technology department, along with Joseph F. Rice School of Law student organizations and the Student Bar Association (SBA) present a regularly scheduled 8 – 9 a.m. seminar series on how technology affects the law.  Featuring guest lecturers who are experts in various legal technology fields, these one-hour, CLE seminars are virtual and free to University of South Carolina faculty, staff, and students, as well as to South Carolina state government employees.

USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law TechInLaw Legaltech Seminar Series

The University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law, in partnership with the Richland County Bar, the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and the School of Law's Technology Law Students Association (TLSA), will present the Summer/Fall 2024  TechInLaw Legaltech Seminar Series.   A dynamic group of presenters from the legal elite, industry experts and innovators, and legal and technical academic minds are being assembled to provide valuable insight into innovation and technical advancements taking place in South Carolina and the effects this progress has on the law. You will not want to miss this!

With some in-person exceptions, these one-hour CLE seminars will be held online on selected Wednesday or Thursday mornings  from 8 – 9 a.m.  The cost of each online seminar will be $35 for attorneys attending for CLE credit, but are free to University of South Carolina faculty, staff, and students, as well as to South Carolina state and Federal government employees, as well as non-profit organizations (this includes CLE credit).  Users can select ticket options when registering.

Summer/Fall 2024 Seminars

July 25, 2024 @ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

In-person, Karen J. Williams Courtroom, USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law and Online via Zoom
In Person - 1 Hour Ethics/LEPR Credit 245678
Online - 1 Hour Ethics/ LEPR Credit 245679ADO

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The rapid adoption of artificial intelligence ("AI") tools and, particularly Generative AI, has raised numerous questions that impact lawyers and their clients. Several state bars have issued ethics opinions and other guidance addressing Generative AI. This CLE will discuss official and practical ways lawyers can deal with obligations of competence, confidentiality, and avoiding conflicts of interest, when facing challenges presented by Generative AI.


  • David Sella-Villa, Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Faculty Bios

David Sella-Villa  - David Sella Villa is the Chief Privacy Officer for the State of South Carolina and heads the state’s Enterprise Privacy Office.

David is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches Data Privacy Law.  He holds several privacy certifications. David is also a member of the SC Interagency Drone Users Consortium and the Sedona Conference.  David is also the author of law review articles dealing with privacy and emerging technologies.

Prior to being Chief Privacy Officer for the State of South Carolina, David was Assistant General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Administration.  Prior to that, David worked as General Counsel for a private aviation company.  He earned his law degree from the College of William & Mary, where he continues to serve as Adjunct Faculty.  He also has degrees from the London School of Economics and West Virginia University.

Spring 2024 Seminars

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1 Hour MCLE Credit 242635ADO

We stand at the precipice of a societal evolution so significant everything is about to change. But how will it change and what  new technologies are facilitating this change? What the legal, ethical, and social questions do we need to start asking and answering? Is there a way to future proof your legal career?


  • Adam Scott Wandt, Associate Professor of Public Policy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Faculty Bio

Adam Scott Wandt - Adam Scott Wandt is a tenured Associate Professor of Public Policy and Vice Chair for Technology of the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a member of the graduate faculty in the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security programs.

Professor Wandt is a practicing Attorney and Counselor-at-Law (New York) and is Co-Chair of the New York City Bar Association's committee on Technology, Cyber, and Privacy Law. He has worked on sponsored research for, or in partnership with, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics, Interpol, the United Nations, Sprint, Blackboard, as well as law enforcement and educational institutions from around the world.

His primary research and consulting interests include technology law and policy, information security, investigative/surveillance technology, OSINT, cryptocurrency, darknet markets, social engineering, and UCR crime data. He has over two decades of experience developing custom investigative, forensic, educational, and data management solutions for federal, state and local government agencies. In 2020 along with two co-principal investigators, he was awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to study fentanyl sales on the dark web and provide software solutions to the Department of Justice to combat the opioid epidemic.

In 2022 and 2023, as a co-principal investigator, he was awarded two grants from the United States Department of Justice, providing approximately $3,400,000 in funding to educate and train US law enforcement personnel in cyber related issues and provide tools to enable advanced cyber forensic investigations.

Appointed as an Instructor by the Association of Inspectors’ General in 2012, Professor Wandt is responsible for the curriculum and certification in digital evidence and social media investigations for the Certified Inspector General (CIG) institute. He is also responsible for the curriculum and certification in digital evidence, digital forensics, social media investigations, mobile device investigations, data interception, and cloud forensics in the Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI) institute.

He is a member of the Association of Inspectors' General, the New York City Bar, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society for Criminology, the American Society for Public Administration, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A portal to most of his work is available at

In-Person Only
Karen J. Williams Courtroom
University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law

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1 Hour MCLE 243166

Join us for an engaging 60-minute program tailored for attorneys and law students seeking to enhance their advocacy skills. Justin S. Kahn will delve into the dynamic intersection of persuasion, technology, and litigation, offering insights and practical strategies for success in today's legal landscape.

Through real-world examples and interactive discussions, attendees will learn how to leverage cutting-edge technology tools to bolster their persuasive abilities in the courtroom and beyond. From utilizing multimedia presentations to crafting compelling narratives, this session will empower participants to effectively communicate their arguments and sway judges, juries, and mediators.

Whether you're a seasoned attorney looking to refine your advocacy techniques or a law student eager to gain a competitive edge, this program promises to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the ever-evolving realm of legal practice. Don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your advocacy toolkit and elevate your professional capabilities.


  • Justin Kahn Esq., Attorney, Kahn Law Firm

Faculty Bio

Justin Kahn  - Justin is a civil litigator with Kahn Law Firm, LLP in Charleston, S.C. He handles a variety of cases including professional liability and personal injury. He has written, lectured, and taught throughout the country on advocacy, procedure, evidence, ethics, technology, and persuasion.

He is triple board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys in medical malpractice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate and in civil pretrial practice advocacy. Justin is currently president of ABPLA and is on the board of NBTA. He is a diplomate with the National College of Advocacy of the American Association of Justice.

He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a civil circuit court mediator.

As an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, Justin teaches civil pretrial practice and deposition skills.

For over 30 years, he has authored the South Carolina Rules Annotated and the South Carolina Rules of Evidence Annotated used by judges and attorneys throughout South Carolina.

He is a member of various professional organizations including the American Association for Justice, South Carolina Association for Justice, South Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association, permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, MENSA and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

He has practiced in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

He has argued appellate cases before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as Fourth and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal.

He received a Bachelor of Science from Tulane University in Psychology as well as in Communication in 1988.

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1992.

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1 Hour Ethics (LEPR) CLE Credit 242636ADO

Generative AI is rapidly transforming the legal landscape, offering unprecedented capabilities for drafting documents, conducting research, and even predicting legal outcomes. However, harnessing this power responsibly requires a nuanced understanding of its inherent risks. This one-hour presentation will delve into the dual nature of generative AI: its potential to revolutionize legal practice while introducing new ethical and practical challenges.

This presentation will explore the following key areas:

1) Assessing the Risks: I will identify the potential pitfalls of using generative AI, such as bias, inaccuracy, and lack of transparency. Participants will gain knowledge of how best to assess such risks.

2) Identifying the Right Tools for the Job: I will demystify the diverse AI tools available and break down their strengths and limitations in specific legal tasks. This will empower participants to make informed decisions about when and how to leverage generative AI for optimal results.

By the end of this session, participants will be equipped with a baseline understanding of generative AI's potential and limitations within the legal domain. 


  • Colin Levy, Lawyer and Legal Technologist , Director of Legal and Evangelist, Malbek

Faculty Bio

Colin Levy  - Colin S. Levy is a lawyer, author of The Legal Tech Ecosystem, and a prolific writer and speaker. Throughout his career, Colin has seen technology as a key driver in improving how legal services are performed. Because his career has spanned industries, he witnessed a myriad of issues from lack of due diligence and systems to underutilized technologies, to generalized fear or overwhelm around technology. Colin's mission is to bridge the gap between the tech world and the legal world by being a guide to the world of legal tech and advocating for the ways technology should be another set of tools in the lawyer's toolbelt.

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