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Legaltech Seminar Series

The School of Law’s Academic Technology department, along with the Technology Law Students Association (TLSA) 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.

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Spring 2022

UofSC School of Law Spring 2022 Legaltech Seminar Series
Sponsored by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

South Carolina’s Innovation and Adoption of Emerging Technologies 
and the Legal Landscape this Creates

The University of South Carolina School of Law, in partnership with the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, will present the Spring 2022 Legaltech Seminar Series: South Carolina’s Innovation and Adoption of Emerging Technologies and the Legal Landscape this Creates. 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 Tuesday and Thursday 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 (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 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.


April 5, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM Online 1 Hour CLE 227126ADO

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As per the DeFake Project, “Deepfake technology has slashed the amount of knowledge and time it takes for bad actors to generate believable malicious video content.”   These fake audios and videos can lead to disinformation of news organizations, governments, government leaders and celebrities.   The results can be a loss of trust in the news media, adversely affect democracies and severely damage the reputations of high-profile individuals.

Deepfake technology has also been used in cybercrime.  In one incident, a deepfake phone call of a company director to a Hong Kong bank manager, combined with a business email compromise between the company and a lawyer resulted in the theft of $35 million.   As this incident shows, deepfakes can also result in lost revenue, interruption of business practices and additional expenses, such as forensic investigations and risk mitigation.

Due to the financial and reputational harm deepfakes have caused, lawyers need to be cognizant of Deepfake technology.   As attorney Rachael Lewis Anna notes in a recent SC Lawyer article “education and training are critical for law firms and organizations to prevent deepfakes from impacting their firms and clients.”    

Join us on April 5 as Rachael Lewis Anna. Member, Wyche, P.A. and John Sohrawardi, team member of the DeFake project and  Ph.D. at B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology as they will talk about the use of deepfakes in media disinformation and cybercrime.  Our presenters will also discuss how AI research can develop tools to detect deepfake videos, as well as what plans lawyers and businesses can put in place to address deepfake technology issues.


Rachael Anna, Esq., Member, Wyche, P.A.
John Sohrawardi, PhD at B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology

Speaker Descriptions

Rachael Lewis Anna – Rachael Lewis Anna (CIPP/US, CIPP/E,CIPM) is a Member of Wyche’s Litigation Team.  Her practice focuses on complex business litigation and data protection. She has represented clients in antitrust, trade secret, unfair trade practice, False Claims Act, healthcare, contractual, and professional malpractice disputes.

Through her work on bet-the-company cases, and also directing an electronic discovery and information security service business, Rachael has developed a deep understanding of complicated issues facing clients who manage large amounts of data. She regularly advises clients regarding data protection, privacy, information management and security, electronically stored information, and discovery matters. She has extensive experience with investigations and litigation that involve forensic examination of electronically stored information. 

Rachael is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (United States and Europe), a Certified Information Privacy Manager, and a member of The Sedona Conference’s Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group 11.  Prior to joining Wyche, Rachael practiced with firms in Greenville, SC, Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL. Rachael earned a Bachelor of Arts and a law degree from Wake Forest University. She is based in Wyche’s Greenville office.

John Sohrawardi – is a Ph.D. student at B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology working at the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute. He did his undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering from North South University in Bangladesh and spent several years in Web Development, User Experience research and design. 

He is the student lead for the DeFake project, studying journalists to help them with the development of tools and methodologies for deepfake video detection. Through his work and academia experience he has developed a great understanding of user centered application design, user privacy, and computer vision. 


“Letting Go: Promoting Privacy Through Data Minimization”

March 24, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM Online
1 Hour SC Ethics/LEPR CLE credit

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Lawyers, to borrow a term from Peter Drucker, are “knowledge workers.” Our stock-in-trade is applying knowledge to information in order to solve problems on behalf of clients.

In the information age, we can store, process, and share so much information for only a small fraction of what it cost to do so just a few years ago. Plus, we can search information in ways we never thought possible.

If we have room and it doesn’t cost too much, then why not just keep it all? Similarly, since we don’t know all the ways that new technologies might allow us to use information in the future, why not collect as much information as we can? If indeed “data is the new oil,” then don’t we want as much of that sweet crude as we can handle?

A “collect and keep it all” strategy might make sense if you were sure that information (and particularly information for which you owe a duty of confidentiality and the duty to safeguard the client file) could never be compromised. For better for worse, however, information stored electronically is at risk.

The legal landscape around this risk is changing. This presentation will describe the emerging regimes that are creating new duties and potential liabilities around the collection and retention of information. Lawyers’ ethical obligations around in this shifting landscape will also be discussed.


Jack Pringle, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP
David Sella-Villa, Interim Chief Privacy Officer, State of South Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
Rick Oppedisano, President and CEO of Delta Bravo in Rock Hill              

Speaker Description: Jack Pringle is a partner with Adams and Reese, LLP in Columbia. Jack focuses his practice on privacy, information security, and information governance, administrative and regulatory law; public utilities; land use litigation; and class action litigation.

Jack helps businesses protect, manage, and communicate information lawfully and effectively, and has received the Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”).

With an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Jack helps businesses protect, manage, and communicate information lawfully and effectively. He guides clients through information incidents, data breaches, and related threats in connection with federal and state breach notice and personal information and privacy laws, including notification, mitigation, regulatory response and resulting lawsuits and investigations. Jack helps organizations strengthen their information security programs by evaluating potential cybersecurity insurance coverage, developing, and testing incident response plans, and helping clients create and implement appropriate security policies and training.

Jack has been a regular speaker and writer on technology in law, ethical issues in relation to technology in law, and wellness and well-being issues. He has spoken before/at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Vanderbilt University School of Law, Association of Corporate Counsel-South Carolina, Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the Georgia Bar Convention, the South Carolina Association of Counties, the Canadian Bar Association, the South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association of County Attorneys, the South Carolina LPM-Tech Conference, the Greenville County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The South Carolina Public Service Commission/SC Office of Regulatory Staff, the SC Council of School Attorneys, the SC Association of County Attorneys and the SC Workers’ Compensation Education Association, among others.

Over the past couple of years, Jack has spoken and written frequently on emerging technology and its ethical and best use in legal practice and beyond.                                            

Speaker Description: David Sella Villa is the Chief Interim Privacy Officer for the State of South Carolina.  He is also an Assistant General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Administration assigned to technology issues.  David works on procurement and policy matters related to privacy, security, service consolidation, and data management. 

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 the IAPP’s CIPP/US & CIPP/E privacy certifications and the GIAC’s GLEG data security certification. David is also a member of the SC Interagency Drone Users Consortium.  

Prior to joining the Department of Administration, 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.  His interest in legal issues related to drones blends his current work on privacy & technology with his prior experience in the world of aviation.                        

Speaker Description: Rick Oppedisano is an experienced entrepreneur with experience growing companies from startup to $100M exits. Rick was named to M&A Advisor’s National Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. He was featured on national television network A&E’s American Entrepreneur series and in November 2018, was featured on the cover of Smart Manufacturing Magazine’s AI Innovation issue.

Prior to Delta Bravo, Rick led the Global R&D team for a publicly-traded company focused on Data Modernization. He was also an Executive Director at Azaleos, a fast-growth company that was acquired by Avanade in 2012. Rick has been a part of two other successful startups and serves on the board for PGE Capital.

Delta Bravo is an enterprise-level platform driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning that integrates data to determine IT-related, security or compliance issues, assist with cloud transformation and provide self-service AI capabilities. 

Rick is a frequent speaker on AI in manufacturing and how AI is changing the manufacturing game. For this CLE, he will provide reaction to Jack Pringle’s presentation and perspective from someone who is tapped into AI and data security on a daily basis.


“BLSA Presents – Small Firm, Solo Firm and Government Offices Use of Technology”

February 22, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM Online
1 Hour SC Ethics CLE 225644ADO
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In November 2019, South Carolina became the 38th state to require technology competency of its lawyers.  Comment 6 to Rule 1.1 of the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct now notes that “To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including a reasonable understanding of the benefits and risks associated with technology the lawyer uses to provide services to clients or to store or transmit information related to the representation of a client…”

It is not just large and medium size firms that need to be proficient in technology.  Small and solo firms, as well as agency and governmental legal departments, also need to be technologically proficient.  It is critical that lawyers use technology to deliver legal services in a more efficient way, to ensure the security and privacy of their clients’ data and communications, and to provide the best outcomes for their clients.

Join our panelists Byron Gipson, John Mobley, Katherine Myers, Carl Solomon, and Joseph Wideman as they discuss their use of technology on a daily basis in providing the best legal services for their clients.

Topics to be discussed include.

  • How technology is used in your firms/offices.
  • How the evolution of technology has impacted your practice. 
  • What ways does technology assist in client outcomes (settlements, cases, etc.)? 
  • How does your office secure client communication and client data as it relates to the ABA and South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct?
  • How does the solicitor’s office use technology? Does it help or hurt?
  • Do you see technology being bias in any way or has technology helped the legal system remain neutral when it comes to evidence?


Byron Gipson, Solicitor of the Fifth Circuit
John Mobley Esq., Principal, John Mobley Law Firm
Katherine Myers Esq., Senior Attorney, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Carl Solomon Esq., Owner, Solomon Law Group
Joseph Wideman Esq., Atkins Law Firm

Speaker Descriptions:

Byron Gipson - Byron E. Gipson became the Solicitor of the Fifth Circuit on January 9, 2019.  Prior to that time, he practiced with the law firm of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A. for twenty-one years in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury, becoming a partner in 2005.  He tried numerous cases including high-profile murder and violent crimes.  Mr. Gipson graduated from the College of Charleston with degrees in English and Political Science.  He later received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  After graduation, Mr. Gipson became law clerk to the Honorable L. Casey Manning, Chief Administrative for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

In 2000, Mr. Gipson was appointed to the South Carolina Humanities Council Board of Directors by Governor Jim Hodges.  He was later elected as the Chairman of the Humanities Council in September 2004.  In 2010, he was appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court to serve on The Committee on Character and Fitness. Mr. Gipson is also a board member of the South Carolina Bar Foundation and is past Chair of the Municipal Election Commission. He is currently a member of the Richland County, South Carolina, and National, and American Bar Associations.

John Mobley - John Mobley is the Principal of the John Mobley Law Firm, with offices in Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina.  John is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1990.   He earned his juris doctor degree from University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993 and has been in private practice for more than 25 years. He works hard to establish and maintain relationships with leaders from across the community.  His areas of practice include criminal law, including federal court and DUI, auto accidents, workers compensation, general civil litigation, defective drugs and devices, wrongful death, and medical malpractice.

John was admitted to the South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Supreme Court, United States Fourth Circuit District Court.  He has served as a legal correspondent for news stations and has been a lecturer on various legal topics, including as a former Adjunct Professor for the University of South Carolina.  He also Former Commissioner on the State Ethics Commission and a former Municipal Judge, former Special Prosecutor (5th Judicial Circuit).

Katherine Myers – Katherine Myers is a Senior Attorney at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA. Katherine received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Cum Laude from Furman University in 2010 and her JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2013.

Katherine began her legal career clerking for South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty. A prosecutor turned defense lawyer; Katherine worked in the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Orangeburg before entering private practice. In her role as an assistant solicitor, her focus was on domestic-violence and DUI cases.

In addition to her criminal law practice, Katherine has fought for individuals in other areas of the law as well. She served for a time as an attorney in the South Carolina Department of Labor, working in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration division. Her work included serving as lead investigator in whistleblower cases, investigating complaints from employees who were demoted or retaliated against after reporting wrongdoing.

A native of Columbia, Katherine cares deeply about her hometown and about giving back. Those efforts began in law school when she participated in free legal clinics in the community. She’s been recognized for her work, with honors such as the South Carolina Young Lawyers President’s Award and the Living the Legacy Award from the National Association of Colored Women.

Carl Solomon – Carl Solomon is the Owner of the Solomon Law Group.  Mr. Solomon graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1991 and received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1994.

Mr. Solomon had a vision of leading a law firm that was known for its extraordinary client approach and exceptional delivery of legal services. He believed that with the right lawyers and the right staff, the client would receive the type of representation he or she deserved. He believed the firm should not only help the client, but also provide a way to give back to the community.

To meet these goals, Mr. Solomon helped create a well-run and respected law firm, the Solomon Law Group, that is rooted strongly in values, engages in best business practices, and provides delivery of exceptional legal work product in the field of injury law. The Solomon Law Group provides legal assistance to all citizens of South Carolina in personal injury, car accident, truck accident, product liability, negligence, and other cases.

Mr Solomon is a member Richland County Bar Association, Member of the American Bar Association, and a Member of the South Carolina Bar, where he was President from 2010-2011. Mr. Solomon has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America, South Carolina Super Lawyers and is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Joseph Wideman - Joseph “Joe” Wideman, Jr., joined the Atkins Law Firm in the spring of 2019. Prior to coming to Atkins Law Firm, Joe spent roughly three years with one of the Carolinas’ leading workers’ compensation defense firms representing businesses and insurance companies.  It didn’t take Joe long to realize that he wanted to make the switch to representing injured workers.   It’s among the best decisions he has ever made.  Joe has found a niche where he can use his knowledge and drive to help people who have been hurt on the job and feels blessed to have the opportunity to put his talents to use.

Joe was born and raised in Belton, South Carolina and comes from a long-line of working-class folks.  The first male in his family to attend college, Joe played Division I football and was a team captain for two years while at Presbyterian College (PC).  Joe graduated from Presbyterian in 2013 with a major in Business Management and Accounting.  Since graduating from PC, Joe continues to serve his alma mater and currently is a member of the Young Alumni Board and holds a board position for the Midlands Alumni Chapter here in Columbia.

After graduating from PC, Joe pursued his legal education at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he graduated in 2016.  While in law school, Joe proudly served as President of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry Chapter of the Black Law Student Association “BLSA”. He also served as the National Financial Secretary for the National Black Law Student Association “NBLSA”.  Joe spends a lot of his free time mentoring others as a way to give back to the community. 


“The Virtual Workplace”

February 3, 2022 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour SC CLE 224713ADO

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Professor Joseph Seiner, the Oliver Ellsworth Professor of Federal Practice at the University of South Carolina School of Law, will discuss some of the highlights of his recently published book with Cambridge University Press, The Virtual Workplace:  Public Health, Efficiency, and Opportunity.  The recent pandemic has crystalized the important relationship between technology and employment. 

With tens of thousands of workers required to suddenly work from home, a significant portion of these employees were forced to quickly learn emerging technologies on-the-job.  Professor Seiner will discuss the blending of the traditional brick-and-mortar workplace with the advanced technologies that now make it possible to work remotely.  He will address the difficulties of trying to regulate in this area, discussing how the decades old employment laws do not fit neatly with the modern economy and workplace. 

Professor Seiner will also address the emerging issues of virtual work, including the definition of employment, litigating cases in this area, unionizing workers, and preventing harassment.   He will note some of the significant ethical concerns in these areas, including how employers can best address issues related to worker isolation and abuse, and he will discuss some of his predictions for the future of employment and virtual work.


Professor Joseph Seiner, Oliver Ellsworth Professor of Federal Practice, University of South Carolina School of Law

Speaker Description: Joseph Seiner is a Professor of Law and the Oliver Ellsworth Professor of Federal Practice at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  Professor Seiner received his B.B.A., with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1995, where he was an Angell Scholar.  Professor Seiner received his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, in 1998. Professor Seiner was a lead articles editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review.

Following law school, Professor Seiner clerked for the late Honorable Ellsworth Van Graafeiland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After his clerkship, he practiced law with Jenner & Block, LLP, in Chicago, Illinois, where he focused on labor and employment matters. In September 2001, Professor Seiner accepted a position as an appellate attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., where he presented oral argument as lead counsel in the United States Courts of Appeals in employment discrimination cases.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Seiner was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he developed and taught a seminar on comparative employment discrimination. Professor Seiner has published twenty law review articles, all in prestigious journals, including the Notre Dame Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review and the Fordham Law Review, among others.

In 2017, Professor Seiner published The Supreme Court’s New Workplace with Cambridge University Press, a book which examines the intersection of workplace and procedural case law in the federal courts.  In 2021, he published another book with Cambridge University Press, The Virtual Workplace, which explores how recent technological developments have impacted both employees and employers.  This book further examines the role of the pandemic in shaping employment law and virtual work.

Professor Seiner has been featured in a number of national media sources, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Fortune. Professor Seiner is an author and co-editor of the Workplace Prof Blog. Upon invitation, Professor Seiner has submitted written testimony to committees in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Professor Seiner teaches courses in the labor and employment law area.

Ben Madden, VP of HR/Facility Security Officer for the Ambit Group                                          

Speaker Description: Ben Madden is Vice President of HR and Facility Security Officer for the Ambit Group. Prior to joining Ambit, Ben helped with HR department creation and oversight in a wide range of industries including retail, government contracting and high-tech start-ups. Ben also has a background in HR technology.

Ben has a MS in Organization Development from American University and BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Ben currently serves on the board of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management helping to support other HR practitioners within the greater DC area.


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