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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 2019

The fall 2019 semester‘s seminars are under development. 



Spring 2019 Archive

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)

Learn more about the Presenters 

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)


Fall 2018 Archive

The Fall 2018 Legaltech Seminar Series focuses on Artificial Intelligence. This semester's seminars will be September 6 & 27, October 24 & 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

Legal Implications of Artificial Intelligence” 

October 24, 2018 — Bryant Walker Smith, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

Artificial intelligence has a range of meanings and elicits a range of reactions. Lawyers of the future will work on, with, and against artificial intelligence. This talk will offer a technical overview of AI, introduce key legal issues, and highlight specific regulatory case studies.

Learn more about Professor Walker Smith

1 hour CLE credit (187980)

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. 

 1 hour CLE credit (187176)

“Deus ex machina: Utilizing Technology-Assisted Review in Tandem with Relativity® to Resolve the Dilemma of Overwhelming Data Sets” 

November 8, 2018 — Michelle Fogel, Senior Practice Support Coordinator,  McNair Law Firm, P.A.

During theatrical presentations in ancient Greece, a “theos ek mekhanes” or “god from the machina” would lower over the stage at a pivotal moment in the plot. This stage mechanism would contain an actor playing a god, who would hover over the actors and offer a resolution to whatever conflict the play’s characters were facing. In Euripides’ Medea, for example, the Sun-God Helios descended and allowed Medea to escape punishment for killing her two young sons.

The Latin translation — deus ex machina — is used in modern times (particularly in literature and film) to describe an unlikely or artificial concept, character, or device that is introduced to resolve a plot dilemma. The unsolvable problem is miraculously solved; the antagonist is effortlessly defeated. The deus ex machina exists and responds within a storyline in a way that can almost be described as “divine intervention.”

Luckily for those of us who work in the legal industry (and who must respond to discovery requests that dictate the collection of data from numerous and voluminous sources), we have our own versions of this “god from the machine” — our own form of “divine intervention.” We have advanced technological tools that allow us to resolve the oftentimes-overwhelming task of delving through thousands or millions of documents to find a sub-set of relevant items for production. Artificial intelligence — or the replication of human intelligence by technology — is the force behind many of these tools. In the case of e-Discovery, artificial intelligence drives the tools we use for technology-assisted review, or TAR.

This presentation will offer an overview of the history of artificial intelligence as it exists within e-Discovery, with a particular focus on the latest trends in technology-assisted review tools. We will also examine the role metadata plays after artificial intelligence has been applied to a data population — specifically how a review team can easily identify the nuances of a document’s information using metadata and the review tool Relativity®.

This presentation will, lastly, include a brief give-and-take session where attendees may express their thoughts to these questions: does the use of artificial intelligence in e-Discovery detract from the data (or the discovery) itself … does using it make humans less logical or less creative? Or does this modern-day “god” offer a reasonable and uncontrived solution — working symbiotically with humans to resolve our data dilemma? If the latter is so, how do we defend against loss of creativity/logical thought and keep from becoming overly-dependent on these machines that provide seemingly-miraculous solutions?

1 hour CLE credit (187177)

Creativity and Artificial Intelligence

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

Creativity is distinctly human. The ability to imagine, design and realize new works and innovative technologies from nothing is something that other beings have not mastered. This fundamental assumption of human existence is changing. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are now making it possible for non-human entities to create works of art. From fine art and music to precise feats of engineering, computers are now authors and inventors. Copyright law is intended to protect exclusive rights in specific expression. When individuals create, copyright ownership is clear. The individual's rights are clear. The waters are muddied, but still navigable when a corporate entity or employer is involved or where a group of individuals collectively create. But how does the law deal with AI creations? Who owns it? What rights do they own? What if AI infringes on another's rights? Who is liable? This presentation will explore these and other themes surrounding the impact of AI on intellectual property. 

1 hour CLE credit (188362) 

Past Legaltech Seminars Archive

Learn about past seminars.