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Legaltech Seminar Series

The School of Law’s Academic Technology department, along with the Technology Law Students Association (TLSA) and the Student Bar Association (SBA) have joined together to present a regularly scheduled seminar series on Thursday mornings from 8:00 to 9:00 AM on how technology affects the law. The series features guest lecturers who are prominent experts in various legal technology fields. These free seminars are held in the Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom in the School of Law, and are open to law students, to members of the legal community, and to the general public!

Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 Legaltech Seminar Series focuses on Artificial Intelligence. This semester's seminars will be September 6 & 27, October 11 & 25, and November 8 & 15.


The Malpractice of Hunches: Data Analytics, AI, and Legal Ethics

September 6, 2018 — Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase

Clients ask lawyers the most important questions facing their families and trust lawyers with bet-the-company questions. But lawyers answer these questions, for the most part, based on limited experience (at best) or hunches (at worst). Businesses analyze data for every part of their business, from marketing and supply chain to personnel and sales — every part except law. As clients seek to make more data-driven decisions, what obligation do law firms have to collect and refine data about opposing parties, judges, outcomes, and costs? Are we preparing another generation of law students to duck these questions, or answer them with hunches? Fastcase CEO Ed Walters will examine the frontiers of AI and data analytics, as well as the obligations of lawyers under the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility to employ and supervise artificial intelligence and data analytics tools at the frontiers of legal tech.

1 hour Ethics CLE credit (186576)


Make Sure the Tool Isn’t You: Managing Attention in the Information Age

September 27, 2018 — Jack Pringle, Adams and Reese, LLP

Computer networks and devices are now so accessible they rarely leave our hands. And for perhaps the first time in human history, the tools we use to help us be productive lawyers have also been designed specifically to capture our attention for decidedly unproductive purposes.

In fact, the “variable rewards” and “dopamine-driven feedback loops” engineered into smartphones, devices, applications, and social media platforms pose a constant and significant obstacle to stayed focused on important projects during the work day. According to a 2017 study by Asurion, Americans check their phone on average once every 12 minutes, and 31 percent of Americans feel regular anxiety when separated from their phone.

Excessive Internet browsing and smartphone use have been linked to increased anxiety and depression, and can result in increased isolation and less social interaction. And since work is increasingly done outside the office, including at home, our devices rarely leave our hands. When every spare second is occupied by buzzes, beeps, and notifications, there is scarce opportunity for the brain and body to rest and recharge.

This presentation will posit that attention is the most valuable commodity possessed by those in the legal profession (or in any profession), and that all of us are going to need all the attention we can muster to navigate the “Second Machine Age” (tip of the cap to Professors McAfee and Brynjolfsson). In addition, the potential pitfalls of constant “connection” will be explored, with an eye towards understanding when screen time becomes unhealthy and unproductive.

Accordingly, the presentation will also consider the nature of the distractions we face, explore ways to navigate them and get needed space from technology tools when appropriate, and discuss how to pay attention to the important stuff (in part by taking advantage of what computers do best while at the same time avoiding letting them take advantage of us).

1 hour Ethics & 1 hour Substance Abuse/Mental Health CLE credit (186600)

Learn more about Mr. Pringle


The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence: How It Affects Your Legal Practice Today and Will in the Next Five Years” 

October 25, 2018 — Patrick Cleary, Bowman and Brooke LLP

Artificial intelligence is not a binary concept.  There will not be a single point where human lawyers are replaced by a sentient artificially intelligent application.  But artificial intelligence concepts are entering the legal services profession.  This presentation will provide a short history of AI, a description of what AI actually involves, the levels of AI, the benefits and challenges of AI, where AI concepts are already being used in the legal profession, and predictions on where AI will change our profession going forward. 


“The Challenges of IP Ownership When AI Gets Involved” (Tentative title)

November 15, 2018 — Brandon J. Huffman, Founder, Odin Law and Media

Past Legaltech Seminars Archive

Learn about past seminars.