USC School of Law Fall 2023 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 2023 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 virtual seminars will be held online on selected Wednesday mornings from 8 – 9 a.m. 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 and Federal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Fall 2023 Seminars
Modern anti-money laundering (AML) and corporate transparency requirements create
an ethical minefield that lawyers must walk carefully. A number of decisions must
be made about the appropriate way to proceed, and how to balance various factors.
In addition, emerging data privacy compliance rules create a parallel set of requirements
involving the same databases of personal information – and can even create new risks
regarding the appropriate use or sharing of personal information.
In this session, we will examine corporate transparency requirements and AML programs through the lens of data privacy to flag potential ethical issues that lawyers should consider when advising clients.
1 Hour Ethics (LEPR) CLE 931873ADO
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Alexander McD White - Mr. White is a lawyer qualified to practice law in the United States and a former US federal privacy adviser and IAPP Advisory Board member, with experience working in the insurance industry and managing a state government's privacy program.
He holds a variety of privacy, legal, cybersecurity, and risk management qualifications and is a two-time graduate of the University of Georgia (US), with further coursework and study with the Harvard Kennedy School, City University (London) Law School, Law Society of Ireland, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing), and Fudan University School of Law (Shanghai).
David Sella Villa - 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.
1 Hour CLE Accreditation Pending
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Information About Previous Spring 2023 Seminars
Online 1 Hour SC LEPR (Ethics) CLE Credit 234384ADO
Powerful new computer technology tools and those touting their utility create the impression that the all the rules are changing, or that in fact there are no rules. Witness the ubiquity of “game changer” and “disruptive” throughout the discourse.
However, the Rules of Professional Responsibility apply with the same force whether a lawyer is using a legal pad or a supercomputer. The obligations of competence (Rule 1.1), confidentiality of information (Rule 1.6), and safekeeping property (Rule 1.15) have not changed in the wake of bright, shiny, and powerful computer tools.
Effectiveness as a lawyer requires using the tools available to you. You are already using many of those tools. Identifying
and understanding the way you use information and knowledge to solve problems will
help show the way toward effective computer technology use-as long as you don’t forget
the use of people and processes along the way.
This CLE will offer some observations about learning to identify and manage your information and knowledge, with the help of your existing tools (people, processes, and computer technology). Taking this approach hopefully will make the process of change(such as the adoption of new computer tools) more manageable and assist in satisfying all ethical obligations as lawyers adapt.
We’ll also discuss why the use of computer technology is now a crucial part of a lawyer’s toolkit, why some attorneys resist change and technology, and how to plan to use computer technology more effectively in connection with your other tools. And then Mr. Pringle will have some tips for using computer technology more effectively, and some resources you can consult in order to get better.
Jack Pringle, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP
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.
February 16, 2023 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour MH/SA SC CLE Credit 234817ADO
This CLE will present an overview of the importance of wellness and how lawyers can use technology to improve mental health. Lawyers and law students will enhance their understanding of the importance of self-care and how they can utilize technology to habitualize daily self-care routines to focus on improving their mental health. The faculty will begin with an overview of the research regarding the impact of technology and social media on our mental health, including a discussion of key considerations for lawyers.
The presenters will then cover more in-depth content on key areas (mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and music) where technology can be an effective tool to help lawyers focus on self-care, wellness, and improving their mental health. The CLE will conclude with several recommendations for how various features and specific apps on smartphones, tablets, and computers can help lawyers routinize a daily focus on wellness and improving their mental health.
Christopher Church, JD, MS
Academic Affiliate & Pro Bono Attorney, University of South Carolina School of Law
Christopher is a Senior Director for Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs, the nation's largest private operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope. Christopher is also an Academic Affiliate and Pro Bono Attorney with the CHAMPS Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Law, a pediatric medical-legal partnership. CHAMPS partners with the local children’s hospital to provide civil legal aid that addresses the social determinants of health. Prior to joining Casey, Christopher was the Staff Attorney at CHAMPS, and served as a consultant to a number of child welfare organizations such as Casey Family Programs, the Children's Bureau's Capacity Building Center for Courts, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the National Center for State Courts, and NCJFCJ. His consulting focused primarily on the use of administrative data to identify opportunities for child welfare system improvement. He began his career working for Georgia's Court Improvement Program. Christopher holds a Masters in Mathematics from the University of North Texas and a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate studies at Concordia College in New York. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina, and is South Carolina's first Child Welfare Law Specialist, a specialization certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children.
Emily Suski, LLM, JD, MSW
Associate Dean for Clinics and Externships & Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
Emily Suski is the Associate Dean for Clinics and Externships and an Associate Professor of Law. Her areas of expertise include education law—particularly, Title IX and civil rights in the public schools; health & poverty law; and clinical legal education. Her scholarship explores issues at the intersection of education law and civil rights as well as the role of the law in the caretaking of children. Her articles have been published in journals including the Iowa Law Review (forthcoming), Minnesota Law Review, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and Clinical Law Review. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina faculty, Suski was on the faculty at Georgia State University College of Law, where she taught family law and in a medical-legal partnership clinic. She has taught as a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law and was a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, she was a staff attorney for the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds an LL.M. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D., M.S.W., and B.A. with distinction from the University of North Carolina.
February 24, 2023 @ 8:00 AM – Noon
In Person - Karen Williams Courtroom at the University of South Carolina School of Law
3 Hour SC CLE Credit 236411
Breakfast – Perrin Family Event Space
Panel 1- “Digital Assets”
8:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Blockchain technologies have enabled new economic opportunities and new business strategies. This panel will discuss how blockchain works, the technology behind blockchain, the key attributes of blockchain and how it is used transacting in digital assets.
The panel will also discuss the major types of digital assets, how blockchain digital assets connect a vast number of users and investors, leading to new economies. It will also discuss the impact on business models, the law, tax codes, as well as the threats and risks to fiscal and monetary policy. The panel will discuss the impact of decentralized financial products on the banking industry.
- Moderator - David Sella Villa, Chief Privacy Officer, State of South Carolina
- Will Walker, Walker Law, LLC
- Tessa Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
Panel 2 - “The Moral Imperative for Blockchain Litigation”
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Blockchain technology is a burgeoning area of the law as permissionless, distributed ledgers such as Bitcoin and Ethereum now command approximately $750 billion in market capitalization and host an untold number of commercial transactions each day. But for all the promise of blockchain technology, it has also created new ways for fraudsters, scam artists, and thieves to practice their nefarious crafts.
Governments have been slow to react to these developments and the near-total absence of regulation within the blockchain has created a digital Wild West in which cattle rustlers and stagecoach robbers have been replaced by computer hackers and social media influencers. To save the blockchain we must learn to police it. Lawyers must deputize themselves into a Sheriff’s posse that will bring law to the lawless. This presentation will discuss exactly how we will accomplish this goal.
- Moderator – Tyler Passarella, President, Blockchain Society Student Organization, University of South Carolina School of Law
- Dave Maxfield, Consumer Law Attorney, Dave Maxfield Consumer Protection Law
- Graham Newman, Attorney, Chappell Smith and Arden
Dave Maxfield - Dave Maxfield has represented more than a thousand individual consumers in cases against banks, credit reporting agencies, and insurance companies. Dave is the three-time Chairman of the Consumer Law section of the South Carolina Bar and a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA). He is Past President of the Richland County Bar Association, the largest county bar association in South Carolina with over 1900 members.
Dave is also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law where he teaches Consumer Law and the Lean Law Firm Lab. He has taught more than 100 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs to other lawyers, and speaks regularly in the media on issues affecting consumers. In addition to speaking on consumer law issues, he frequently trains other lawyers on the use of technology, speaking at the American Bar Association’s National Techshow in Chicago in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2018.
Dave has also worked with law students at the University of Colorado, UCLA, William & Mary, and Harvard Law School on technology use. Articles by and about him have appeared in South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, ABA Magazine, and Lawyer’s Weekly newspaper. Dave is Co-Author of the American Bar Association’s bestselling book, The Lean Law Firm.
Graham Newman - Graham Newman’s work focuses on complex litigation, including products liability and class actions. He is currently involved in many different areas of multidistrict litigation (MDL), including MDL 2738 (IN RE: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation), MDL 2741 (IN RE: Roundup Products Liability Litigation), and MDL 2885 (IN RE: 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation). Presently, he is also litigating a class action regarding the unlawful sale of cryptocurrency.
Graham joined Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. in June of 2014, having previously focused on commercial class actions, contractual litigation, insurance bad faith, and products liability in both state and federal court. His trial court victories have included a $14.5 million insurance bad faith verdict, an $8 million class action judgment, and a $4.75 million products liability verdict. Recently, Graham also served as one of the leading attorneys in Parler v. SCANA Corporation, et al., a derivative and securities class action that resulted in a $63 million settlement.
Graham has briefed numerous appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court. He has also argued four cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and two cases before the South Carolina Supreme Court. Notable appellate court victories include the following: Bovain v. Canal Insurance Company, 383 S.C. 100, 678 S.E.2d 422 (S.C. 2009); Ward v. Dixie Nat. Life Ins. Co., 595 F.3d 164 (4th Cir. 2010); Stevens & Wilkinson of S.C., Inc. v. City of Columbia, 409 S.C. 563, 762 S.E.2d 693 (2014); Kirven v. Cent. States Health & Life Co., of Omaha, 409 S.C. 30, 760 S.E.2d 794 (2014); and State v. Samuel, 411 S.C. 602, 769 S.E.2d 662 (2015).
In addition to practicing law, Graham teaches an undergraduate legal course through the University of South Carolina Honors College and serves on several boards and committees dedicated to the improvement of the judicial system. Graham is married to Jenny Honeycutt Newman, who is also an attorney. The couple have a nine-year-old son, a ten-year-old Portuguese Water Dog, and a five-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. The Newman family enjoys spending time on Lake Murray and attending as many South Carolina Gamecock sporting events as possible.
David Sella Villa - 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.
Tessa Davis - Tessa Davis is an associate professor of law specializing in taxation and tax policy
at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Davis focuses her research on the
ways in which tax law and policy are influenced by cultural context. Her research
interests include the intersection of tax with many different areas of law, including
immigration law, family law, law and technology, and health law. Her scholarship has
appeared in many respected journals, including Denver Law Review, the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, the Florida State University Law Review, the Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender, the Florida State University Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, Kentucky Law Journal, Oregon Law Review, and the George Mason Law Review.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, Davis was a visiting assistant professor at Tulane University Law School. She earned an LLM in Taxation in 2012 from New York University School of Law and received her JD from Florida State University College of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. While at NYU, Davis received a 2011 Tannenwald Award for Excellence in Tax Scholarship for her article “Reproducing Value: How Tax Law Differentially Values Fertility, Sexuality & Marriage” (Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, Fall 2012). She also received the Florida State University Law Review award for “Outstanding Student Piece of the Year” for an article focusing on international law. Davis graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Anthropology and received an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics.
Will Walker - Will graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009, after which he served as law clerk to the Honorable L. Casey Manning in the South Carolina Circuit Court. Upon the completion of his clerkship, Will entered private practice, working for Walker Morgan LLC from 2011 to 2019 where he had the privilege of representing injured plaintiffs in complex products liability lawsuits, cases involving burn injuries and various other forms of personal injury litigation. In September 2022, Will joined Walker Law, LLC and is now managing partner of the firm where he handles all types of personal injury cases with a focus on products liability litigation.
Outside of his law practice, Will has been actively involved in the digital asset space as an investor and trader since 2016, becoming a full-time trader and investor in 2019. During that time, he was a founding member of Deus Ex DAO, which is a decentralized invite-only investment community, angel syndicate and advisory service provider to project teams in the DeFi space. While Will remains as passionate as ever about the revolutionary power of blockchain technology generally, his focus is primarily on the DeFi sector and the exponential innovation which has occurred in that area over the last 3 years. Will believes DeFi has the potential to bring significant, disruptive change to the traditional financial system as we know it today.
Will resides here in Columbia with his wife, Amelia Waring, and their three children.
March 23, 2023 @ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour SC Ethics CLE Credit 237095ADO
This presentation will discuss the background, sources of, and solutions to bias in artificial intelligence ( AI). This will include examples of bias in such AI tools as sentencing recommendation and parole/ probation guidelines employed by courts around the country, as well as solutions ( or proposed solutions) in the form of local anti-bias ordinances as well as the national Accountability in AI Act. In addition, the presentation will discuss the importance, from a legal ethics standpoint, of addressing bias in AI and the ethical, responsible use of AI as called for in the ABA’s August 2019 Resolution 112.
The presentation will also cover the multiple Model Rules of Professional Conduct
that are implicated by the use of AI in the legal profession, including but not limited
to the duty of technology competence under Rule 1.1, the duty to refrain from engaging
in bias under Rule 8.4(g), and the duties to supervise under Rules 5.1 and 5.3. As
this presentation will demonstrate, AI use is impacting the ethical dimensions of
many lawyerly tasks, including such tasks as jury selection, where the danger of bias
in AI is particularly acute.”
- John Browning, Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.
John Browning - Browning serves as Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He teaches torts, professional responsibility, “Social Media, Emerging Technologies, and the Law,” as well as other courses. In his Spring 2022 seminar “Social Media, Emerging Technologies, and the Law”, his five seminar students each wrote a 3–5-page article for publication in national or regional legal publications.
John is also a partner at Spencer Fane, and also serves as Chair of the Institute
for Law & Technology at the Center for American and International Law. He is the author
of multiple books on law and technology, as well as more than 50 law review articles.
A nationally recognized thought leader on law and technology, Justice Browning formerly
served on Texas’ Fifth Court of Appeals before returning to private practice and legal
academia. His work has been cited by state and federal courts around the country.
He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Texas School of Law.
John has done significant research in AI, specifically as it relates to ethics, as well as racial bias. He wrote an article “Please See the HR Robot on Your Way Out: Artificial Intelligence and Its Effect on Employment Law” in For The Defense, a magazine of the Defense Research Institute, The article addresses the ethical concerns that the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace raise for employment lawyers. In March 2022, John wrote “Real World Ethics in an Artificial Intelligence World” for the Northern Kentucky Law Review (49 N. KY. L. REV. 155 (2022)).
Browning was announced as the recipient of the Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s General Assembly on November 12, 2021. This annual award is named after Professor Maurice Merrill, an accomplished legal scholar and long-serving professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. The OBA gives this award to “the author of the best-written article published this year in the Oklahoma Bar Journal.” His award-winning article “Blazing the Trail: Oklahoma Pioneer African American Attorneys” was featured in the May 2021 issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal.
In July 2022, John was honored with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts, which recognizes outstanding work that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system. It is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose. John was honored for his role in conceiving of, curating, and writing much of the content for the Oklahoma Bar Journal’s May 2021 special issue devoted to Black legal history in Oklahoma.
John is also a past speaker in the University of South Carolina School of Law LegalTech Seminar Series, presenting in the Spring 2021 series on “AI and Racial Bias”.
April 4 @ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Online 1 Hour SC CLE Credit 237093ADO
Comment 8 to Rule 1.1, SCRPC, encourages lawyers to maintain an understanding of “the benefits and risks associated with technology.” Panelists will briefly demonstrate examples of generative AI technology, including OpenAI’s ChatGPT and the integration of GPT-3.5 into DocketAlarm for document summaries. Panelists will critically evaluate benefits and risks of ChatGPT and other generative AI technologies. Will generative AI technologies change the practice of law, and if so, how can legal education adapt?
- Amy Milligan, Assistant Director of Legal Writing, University of South Carolina School of Law
- Jack Neil, Founder and CEO, Hank AI
- Eve Ross, Reference Librarian, University of South Carolina School of Law
- Seth Stoughton, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
- Bryant Walker Smith, Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
Amy Milligan - Amy Milligan is the Assistant Director of Legal Writing, coordinating the first-year legal writing program. She teaches Legal Research, Analysis & Writing I and II to first-year law students; she has also taught Advanced Legal Writing and Writing in Law Practice to second- and third-year law students. Milligan authored and maintains Word Fundamentals for Efficient Lawyers and Law Students, an online guide for lawyers and law students to increase their technical proficiency when crafting documents with Microsoft Word. Additionally, she serves as the Editor of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, and she is active in the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law section. Milligan is also a frequent lecturer for seminars focused on legal writing and legal citation.
Prior to joining the faculty, Milligan practiced law in Columbia, South Carolina. Her practice focused on property-related matters. On the real property side, she counseled clients on real property rights, and she litigated real estate and premises liability matters. On the intellectual property side, she assisted creative professionals with protecting their copyrights and trademarks. Her practice areas also included corporate law and insurance defense.
Milligan received a B.A. in Communications a B.S. in Business Administration and from the College of Charleston, and she earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Jack Neil - Jack Neil, MD is CEO & Founder of Hank.ai and a practicing anesthesiologist at MUSC Midlands in South Carolina. At HANK, Delaware C-Corp founded in 2019, he is focused on increasing revenue integrity and reducing administrative costs in the revenue cycle by human augmentation and automation while continuing to build towards the vision of AI-measured value-based payment models which encourage shorter documentation and better cost-effective care decisions. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Informatics and Information Technology, founding member of the ASA’s working group on Artificial Intelligence, member of the AAMI’s Health IT Committee, and a member of the APSF’s Committee on Technology. A physician and application developer by training, his passions lie at the intersect of healthcare and technology. He is an active member of the AIMed community and has spoken extensively on the topic of artificial intelligence in healthcare. He has written blockchain health record distributed applications (mymed.udifi.com), medical-device compliance reporting smart-contracts (silono.com), acoustic detection and classification neural networks (aud.ai), nursery smart-monitors with on-board cry detection and correction (babifi.com), anesthesia information management systems (Neptune), autonomous cryptocurrency trading bots (Cryptifi), remote video-surveillance and trapping systems (HogNet), and web applications (Carousel USA; ClassicCamo) to name a few. He is a contributor to numerous machine learning and blockchain libraries on GitHub and has filed patents in the fields of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and secure medical device communication utilizing blockchain.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of South Carolina. He worked for a year as a Systems Architect at Premier Environmental Solutions where he developed applications to unify CRM, billing, and asset tracking and surveillance. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2009. He completed one year of pediatric residency at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC followed by a year of surgery residency at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. In his post-training years, he has held technology positions at Blue9 Systems and MedStream Anesthesia. He still actively practices anesthesiology one day per week. He is married to his lovely angel wife Kristen (a pediatrician), and they have 3 children - Hank 5yo, Emma 2yo, and Lyla 0yo.
Eve Ross - Eve Ross received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2007, and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science in 2014.
Prior to joining the USC faculty, Ms. Ross was a research specialist at McNair Law Firm (now Burr & Forman). She previously practiced public finance law at McNair Law Firm, and she has taught legal research and writing to paralegal students on the community college level. She is treasurer of the Southeastern chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) and serves on the South Carolina Bar Technology Committee.
Ms. Ross teaches Legal Research, Analysis & Writing, and has taught Advanced Legal Research and Supervised Legal Research. Her research interests include access to legal information, and technology in law practice.
Seth Stoughton - Seth Stoughton is a Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Professor (Affiliate) in the university’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is a core faculty member with the Rule of Law Collaborative. He studies on policing and how it is regulated, and his scholarship has appeared in the Emory Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, other top journals. He is the principal co-author of Evaluating Police Uses of Force (NYU Press 2020), and has written book chapters about the police misconduct, the use of force, and use-of-force review. He is a frequent lecturer on policing issues; regularly appears on national and international media; has written about policing for The New York Times, The Atlantic, TIME, and other news publications; and has filed multiple amicus briefs to the Supreme Court. In 2021, he testified as a use-of-force expert for the prosecution in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who was convicted for killing George Floyd.
Stoughton teaches Police Law & Policy, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and the Regulation of Vice. He was honored with the School of Law’s Outstanding Classroom Teacher Award in 2016 and 2021 and the Outstanding Faculty Publication Award (Book) in 2021, and with the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association’s Eboni S. Nelson Award in 2015 and 2018.
Stoughton served as an officer with the Tallahassee Police Department for five years. In that time, he trained other officers, helped write policies to govern the use of new technologies, earned multiple instructor and operator certifications, and taught personal safety and self-defense courses in the community. In 2004, he received a Formal Achievement Award for his role as a founding member of the Special Response Team. After leaving the police department, Stoughton spent three years as an Investigator in the Florida Department of Education's Office of Inspector General, where he handled a variety of criminal and administrative investigations. In 2008, he received a statewide award for his work combating private school tuition voucher fraud.
Stoughton earned his B.A. in English from Florida State University. He attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an articles editor on the Virginia Law Review, an Elsie Hughes Cabell Scholar, and the recipient of the Thomas Marshall Miller Prize. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at South Carolina, Stoughton was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he taught legal writing and a Regulation of Vice seminar.
Follow him on Twitter @PoliceLawProf.
Bryant Walker Smith - Bryant Walker Smith is an associate professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina, as well as an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.
Trained as a lawyer and an engineer, Smith advises cities, states, countries, and the United Nations on emerging transport technologies. He coauthored the globally influential levels of driving automation, drafted a model law for automated driving, and taught the first legal course dedicated to automated driving [pdf] (in 2012). Smith is currently writing on what it means for a company to be trustworthy. His publications are available at newlypossible.org.
Before joining the University of South Carolina, Smith led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, clerked for the Hon. Evan J. Wallach at the United States Court of International Trade, and worked as a fellow at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds both an LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Smith worked as a transportation engineer.
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