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Legaltech Seminar Series

The School of Law’s Academic Technology department, along with School of Law student organizations and the Student Bar Association (SBA) present a regularly scheduled 8:00 – 9:00 AM seminar series on how technology affects the law. The series features guest lecturers who are prominent 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.

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Fall 2022

UofSC School of Law Fall 2022 Legaltech Seminar Series

The University of South Carolina School of Law, in partnership with the Richland County Bar, the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and the School of Law's Student Bar Association, will present the Fall 2022 Legaltech Seminar Series: School of Law's Student Organizations Themed 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!

These one-hour CLE (CLE credit pending) virtual seminars will be held online on selected Wednesday mornings  from 8:00 – 9:00 AM.  The cost of each seminar will be $25, but free to University of South Carolina faculty, staff, and students, as well as to South Carolina state government employees (ask about free discount code when signing up for seminars). There are also discounts available when purchasing more than one seminar. Please email Gary Moore, Assistant Dean for Academic Technology at for more information about the discount promo codes.

All proceeds from our LegalTech Seminars go to the School of Law's Law School Carolina Fund benefitting University of South Carolina law students.

November 9, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour SC CLE 922184ADO

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If you or your clients, like many others, were hoping that the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) introduced in June 2022 might simplify privacy compliance obligations in 2023, you are certainly not alone. Hopefully, you did not expect it to succeed and postpone all work on your compliance initiatives for upcoming laws out of a hope for broad federal preemption. But if you did…you’re in the right place.

Colton Driver, Privacy, and eDiscovery Attorney | CIPP/E, Bass, Berry & Sims

Colton Driver focuses his practice on data privacy compliance and electronic discovery issues. He works with clients to craft and implement proactive privacy programs that allow for appropriate collection, use, and sharing of data in the midst of ever-changing local and international privacy laws. Colton has significant experience counseling clients on compliance with various domestic and international privacy laws, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He also works with companies on privacy incident planning and breach response and has broad experience counseling clients on effective data collection, processing, and transfer strategies related to complex litigation.

Colton holds a CIPP/E certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In addition, he is OneTrust certified, including multiple OneTrust expert-level certifications.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Colton was an associate at Nelson Mullins LLP where he was a part of the firm’s e-discovery and cybersecurity/data privacy practice groups.


November 2, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour SC Ethics CLE credit 922001ADO
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This CLE will present a broad overview of the most recent developments in financial technology (“FinTech”).  In particular, it will focus on the four key components of FinTech: (i) digital payments, (ii) digital lending, (iii) digital wealth management and investment advisory, and (iv) digital assets and crypto assets.  It will provide a high-level overview of the regulatory infrastructure into which each FinTech category falls, as well as present on a broader ethics-based policy question— “should” these products exist and how “should” they be regulated. 

This presentation will also delve into attorney ethical obligations when advising FinTechs or clients using such financial products.  For example: (i) should an attorney advise FinTech clients or users when considering the requirements under Rule 1.1 (Attorney Competence) in light of radically shifting laws and regulations in this space; (ii) should attorneys raise moral, economic, and social concerns for clients’ consideration under Rule 2.1 (Attorney as Advisor); and (iii) questions regarding  clients that may be offering financial products in “grey” areas or where such products could be viewed as violating law or regulation under Rule 1.2 (Scope of Representation).    

Brad Rustin Esq, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Brad Rustin is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in Washington, D.C. and Greenville, South Carolina. His career began as a litigator focusing on financial services litigation and defense of regulatory claims against chartered and non-chartered financial institutions, finance entities, and money services business. Following in the wake of the financial crisis, he began working with financial institutions, money transmitters, non-traditional lenders, check cashers, and mortgage brokers on issues of regulatory compliance. As the regulatory environment facing financial institutions has changed and increased, he now spends most of his time counseling financial institutions in regulatory matters, including strategic agreements, product development, and operational compliance. Mr. Rustin regularly works with clients on issues relating to state and federal consumer protection laws, fraud monitoring, anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act compliance, state and federal regulation of money transmission, stored value strategies, ACH compliance, fair lending and alternative data strategies, and traditional and non-traditional lending. Along with the firm's technology group, Mr. Rustin regularly works with FinTech companies on state and federal regulatory compliance as well as issues relating to data integrity and E-Sign Act compliance.

Mr. Rustin works with a number of industry organizations focusing on financial institutions and regularly speaks on topics involving regulatory compliance for chartered and non-chartered financial institutions. His speaking engagements have, in particular focused on changing federal regulation of the money transmission, lending, and alternative lending spaces in the post-Dodd Frank environment.

October 26, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour SC CLE 921785ADO
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This presentation is about Blockchain—a new disruptive technology with the potential to transform the way we manage information as we know it. 

Blockchain is more than just Bitcoin and cryptocurrency; blockchain is transforming the way we create, disseminate, track, trace, analyze, and verification information.

Blockchain is an information and communication management platform that facilitates immutable transactions between two or more parties using a network of independently distributed databases without common processors. Blockchain reduces or removes risk from organizational or business transactions by creating transparent decentralized ledgers thus lifting trust between parties. Blockchain is promising to disrupt industries, productions processes, applications and services in financial services, records management, healthcare, intellectual property management, hospitality, art industries, library, and information services, supply chain management, service and product reviews, revenue collection and administration and many more. 

The focus of this seminar will be how to use the emerging technology of Blockchain to establish/maintain property rights and privacy in South Carolina.

Dr. Gordon Jones, DHA, MHSA, PAHM, PPM, CBP

Dr. Gordon Jones is a former healthcare executive turned techie. After graduating from The  Citadel and serving two tours in the 82nd Airborne Div USA, he earned his master’s and  Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. 

For his doctoral research, he studied the movement of patients from a personal primary care  doctor to a new doctor specifically because the new doctor would communicate with them through internet based tools such as online messaging, scheduling, and access to medical reports. At the time, 1999, early in the days of the internet, more than $3 Billion USD would shift from those that would not to those who would adopt such advanced methods of patient engagement. This was the trigger that started Dr. Jones on the path of technology entrepreneur.

“It’s a shame that over 20 years later we still have a long way to go.” Dr. Jones 2021

Since then, he has acquired 30+ years of digital innovation, entrepreneurship, and business development experience. He has founded or invested in many projects including building one of the first national physician management organizations, the first web-based physician billing company, the first computer-assisted surgery system in the US, wearables & IoT, and now  emerging technology such as blockchain & cryptocurrency. 

Dr. Jones is a Fellow to the iSchool, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina where teaches Blockchain in Information Sciences, Data Privacy, and Self Sovereign Identity. His latest startup is Validide Corporation he started with two USC students/alumni. Through their Thrivacy digital wallet they are helping individuals take control of their personal identity information through the use of decentralized identity-based technologies.

Dr. Jones is a contributor to the Trust Over Internet Protocol (ToIP) Foundation, the Linux Public Health Foundation, the Covid Credentials Initiative, and the international collaboration of the Good Health Pass all under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. He is also a member and contributor to the Velocity Network Foundation bringing verifiable credentials through a decentralized DLT model for employers and employees.  He is also co-founder of the PalmettoChain, Inc. and Director, South Carolina Emerging Tech Association (SCETA).

Dr. Jones is also an accomplished athlete being a member of a 4A State Soccer champion,  triathlete, tennis enthusiast, and member of the US Men’s Masters Beach Ultimate Team winning Silver in 2004 & Gold in 2007 at the World Championships, Dr. Jones is a biohacker  focused on combining Farm to Table All Natural Organic foods with Nutrigenomics and regular  exercise to maximize cellular metabolism and nutrient absorption.

LegalTech Seminar - “Trial by Visuals. Advocating in Motions, Mediations and Trial” with Justin Kahn

October 19, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour SC CLE credit 921786ADO
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Justin Kahn will discuss the creation and use of visual tools for effective trial advocacy, ranging from photos to the more advanced such as computer-generated re-enactments. He will explain why some visuals are admitted into evidence, while others may only be used for demonstrative purposes. And he will share the benefit of using visuals, not just to communicate with and persuade the jury but also to prepare yourself and your case for trial. Included will be a discussion of useful apps and technology, and preservation of issues related to the use of visuals, particularly those not admitted into evidence, for appeal.

Whether you are a plaintiff or defense attorney, this program will provide you with the courtroom technology tools and strategies you need to win your next case.

Justin Kahn Esq., Attorney, Kahn Law Firm

Justin S. Kahn is a civil litigator. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury matters and various kinds of complex litigation. Since 1992, Justin has worked hard fighting for those who cannot help themselves. He has successfully resolved cases and claims for several million dollars as well as represented people in small claims court matters. He is an advocate for those who cannot help themselves.

Mr. Kahn is an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law where he teaches civil pre-trial practice and for over 20 years, Mr. Kahn has written the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated as well as the South Carolina Rules of Evidence Annotated published by the South Carolina Bar CLE Division. These are the books lawyers and judges use every day in the courts of South Carolina.

He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Second, Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the District of Columbia, the United States Federal Court of Claims, the United States District Court of South Carolina, and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Mr. Kahn has been involved with cases around the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, and Alaska. He is also a circuit delegate of the South Carolina Bar and serves on several committees. Additionally, he writes and speaks nationally on various topics including procedure, evidence, persuasion, and litigation.

October 3, 2022, 2:00 PM Update - Unfortunately our presenter Jarrod Stuard had to postpone his presentation due to an important matter.  He will reschedule for January 2023.   We will refund anyone who paid for the seminar and we will let you know as possible when our next seminar will be held this semester.

This session will cover the basics of Bitcoin and blockchains. It will highlight important distinctions between blockchains and the traditional financial system, particularly as related to security and investigations. The session will also cover high level developments in the cybersecurity legal landscape and provide perspective on what those mean for advising clients as an in-house counsel. 

Jarrod Stuard, Director of Security Legal, Coinbase

Jarrod Stuard is the Director of Security Legal at Coinbase, the largest US-based cryptocurrency exchange. In that role he leads a team responsible for advising the business on matters related to security operations, information governance, risk, and compliance.

Before Coinbase, Mr. Stuard was an Associate General Counsel of Cybersecurity Law at Meta (formally Facebook).  As an Air Force reservist, Mr. Stuard is also currently the Staff Judge Advocate of the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Field, CA. He previously served 11 years active duty as a judge advocate, with assignments including US Cyber Command, Air Forces Cyber Command, and as a defense counsel before the Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


September 7, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour CLE  920272ADO

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Jason Schmidt is a Senior In-House Attorney for Kyndryl, a 2021 spinoff of IBM that immediately became the largest IT Infrastructure Services company, serving over 75% of the Fortune 100 companies with offices in over 60 countries.

Jason’s remarks will center around how technology impacts his practice as an in-house attorney both in his day-to-day work advising internal clients and in obtaining advice from outside counsel as the client.  He will discuss how this evolution has reshaped how commercial attorneys need to advise business clients in enterprises of all sizes how to manage legal and commercial risks in a world where a single click, tweet, or server outage can expose a firm to millions of dollars in risk. He will have particular focus on how the quickly changing global data privacy and security regulatory landscape and mass migration to the cloud requires every business, regardless of industry, to become more aware of the global business risks inherent in procuring and utilizing technology and ways we can help our clients understand and manage that risk.

Jason Schmidt, Senior In-House Attorney, Kyndryl

Since graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2012, Jason has practiced exclusively as an in-house attorney for multinational corporations including Whirlpool Corporation (manufacturer), Lidl US (grocery retailer), IBM (IT), and Backbase (Fintech Software).

In his current role at Kyndryl, Jason negotiates multimillion dollar complex IT outsourcing services agreements with large enterprise customers with a focus on the manufacturing and financial services sectors. He has significant expertise navigating the ever-evolving arena of data privacy regulations, particularly in advising his clients on the processing and cross-border transfer of regulated personal data.

While working remotely and paperless over the last five years, he has developed a passion for modernizing the technologically stodgy practice of law to fit a world where technology has all but eliminated the geographic hurdles that once defined the limits of our practice potential to allow us to serve our clients from practically anywhere. 


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