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School of Law

Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 LegalTech Seminar Series will focus on  “Legal Disrupters”, how technology and technology companies are transforming the law, lawyers and legal frameworks.

“Technology, Client Development and Financial / Operational Efficiency”

January 10, 2019 — Douglas Kim, Douglas Kim Law Firm LLC

This presentation will involve how adopting technology and using modern business systems will increase your client development efforts, improve your productivity and promote success in your legal career. As clients become more “tech savvy” and the legal professional remains slow to adopt, attorneys that understand the operations of their clients and leverage technology will
set themselves apart.

This presentation will address how clients have changed their way of doing business, especially since 2008, and how the legal profession can properly react to these changing needs. You will be provided with real world examples of how to take advantage of this changing technology environment and how not to left behind. Subjects will include cloud-based data storage and applications, virtual offices and meetings, operational efficiency leveraging technology (e.g. stop handling paper) and the impact on alternative billing.

  • 1 hour CLE credit (191472)

“Access to Justice Online Legal Services”

January 24, 2019 — Susan Ingles, Consumer Unit Head/Senior Staff Attorney at S.C. Legal Services

The presenter will provide a sneak peek at five online classrooms created by S.C. Legal Services. In easy tutorials describing the handling of routine legal aid cases, SCLS has used a wide range of media that has something for everyone — courtroom videos, cartoons, outlines and more. The classrooms provide self-represented litigants the tools needed to better represent themselves. Pro bono attorneys can get comfortable with how to handle the five types of cases before volunteering to represent a client in one.

The presentation will include how and why was chosen to build the classrooms and the work that some USC law students provided in their creation. is a platform created through a Technology Innovation Grant from Legal Services Corporation where twenty-one legal aid organizations have built online classrooms on a variety of subjects. The classrooms on the website range from a simple checklist to a full tutorial on handling a particular case in court.

  • 1 hour CLE credit (191873)

“Dispute Resolution Data”

February 7, 2019 — Bill Slate, Chairman & CEO, Co-Founder; Debi Slate, President and Co-Founder, Dispute Resolution Data; Brian Canada, Associate Professor of Computational Science, USC Beaufort

The presenters will engage in a discussion including PowerPoint slides and hard copy materials on international commercial arbitration and mediation which show how both may be used as a settlement tool in commercial disputes. Predictive analysis from examining results of over 3,000 cases worldwide will consider results by specific case types alphabetically from aerospace defense to wholesale goods. We will also examine results across geographic regions and whether “counterclaims” are used successfully in different geographic regions.

The presenters will also look at the depth of data and discuss “confidence factors” which lead to successful and persuasive results.

A recent article in Law entitled “Data Science is No Longer a Luxury for Modern Law Practice“ declared, “A new breed of lawyer has begun to take shape, one who has a deep knowledge of both the law and data science.”

  • 1 hour CLE credit (192400)

“The Evils of Social Media and Family Law”

February 21, 2019 — Rebecca Creel, Creel Family Law, LLC

With research suggesting that one third of divorcing couples say Facebook is partly to blame, understanding how to capture, preserve, and introduce social media evidence in Family Court can be a game changer! With a rise in the use of social media, email and smartphone evidence in divorce, it is critical to stay on top of the latest developments. This practical and comedic guide will take look at how to collect key forms of social media content, where to look for information and how to get it before the court.

  • 1 hour CLE credit (192467)

“Legal Disrupter: Understanding Your Cyber Liability”

March 7, 2019 — Amy Marks, CIC, Account Executive, Pearl Insurance

Understanding What a Cyber Event Looks Like in A Law Firm

  • Actual Scenarios

Understanding Your Liability in the Event of a Cyber Event

  • Can a cyber event can really happen in a law practice?
  • Is my license to practice law at risk?
  • Have I violated our Model Rules? Do I have a Bar reportable event?
  • What other regulatory type investigations could develop?
  • Can a cyber event REALLY harm my clients? Or would it just be inconvenient?

Understanding How to Prevent a Cyber Event

  • Assumptions not to make!
    My staff made a mistake, why am I responsible?

Understanding How to Respond to a Cyber Event

  • How much cryptocurrency should you keep on hand???
  • Can this risk be insured? How to evaluate different coverage options.


  • 1 hour Ethics CLE credit (192786)

“Algorithms for Lawyers”

March 21, 2019 — Dave Maxfield, Esq.

For most of us, the word “Algorithm” conjures images of dark rooms full of pale computer hackers filling screens with line after line of complicated code. But algorithms are really just procedures or “recipes” for making decisions and getting things done. This 1-hour seminar will introduce lawyers to a few of the most powerful and useful algorithms for use in their practices (and daily lives), including:

  • When to explore and when to exploit
  • The role of Randomness
  • Basics of Game Theory
  • Reducing the computational load on your brain

At the end of the seminar, you’ll have a solid understanding of what an Algorithm really is, and a basic understanding of how they apply to lawyering (and life).

  • 1 hour CLE credit (192730)

“Blockchain and Cryptocurrency”

April 11, 2019 — David Stasaitis, President/CSO, Stasmayer Inc.

This CLE will discuss what lawyers need to know about this disruptive technology and how it can change the way we transact with our businesses and each other. We will discuss what blockchain and cryptocurrency is and how it can be understood and leveraged.

  • 1 hour Ethics CLE credit (190856)

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