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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 theme for the fall 2019 semester‘s seminars is South Carolina LegalTech

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and the Hub at Columbia Project

September 5, 2019 —Jonathan Dunsmoor, Esq., Law Office of Jonathan C. Dunsmoor

The technology revolution of blockchain has changed the world and the law in ways that we could not have imaged just five years ago. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and others, are shaping the way banking, securities transactions, property records and healthcare data are stored using this technology. This presentation examines the current state of law within the top cryptocurrencies from a securities (SEC), commodities (CFTC), financial (FinCen) and tax (IRS) perspectives as well as what the future may hold for the practice of law using distributed ledger technology

1 hour CLE credit  (195834)

South Carolina Insurance Data Security Act

September 26, 2019 —David Condon, Esq., Founder/Owner Condon Consulting

Description forthcoming

South Carolina Court System E-Filing

October 3, 2019 —Jason Bobertz, Deputy Clerk of the Court, The Supreme Court of South Carolina

 Description forthcoming

Cyber Warfare: The Need for Collaboration

October 17, 2019 —Dr. Csilla Farkas, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina and Director of the Center for Information Assurance Engineering, University of South Carolina

Our society is increasingly dependent on computing technologies.  At the same time, cyberattacks are becoming more-and-more intrusive and devastating.  There is a diminishing separation between cyber and physical systems.  In this talk I present the changing landscape of today’s cyber threats and the challenges faced by individuals, corporations, and nations. I will provide an overview of upcoming approaches that bring together computer science, social sciences, business, and legal expertise to identify and implement the most suitable cybersecurity strategies.

1 hour CLE credit (196686)

“Tech Tip, Trick or Treat!”

October 31, 2019 — Faculty Lineup
Jack Pringle, Adams and Reese, LLP
Dave Maxfield, Esq.
Michelle Fogel, Senior Practice Support Coordinator, Burr & Forman LLP
Eve Ross, Reference Librarian, University of South Carolina School of Law
Gary Moore, Assistant Dean for Academic Technology University of South Carolina School of Law

This LegalTech Series Seminar will feature five guest lecturers, each giving a brief seminar on various “Halloween themed” LegalTech topics.  

“Tools to Keep You from Being a Zombie”

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. 

This brief seminar 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 cultivate to navigate the “Second Machine Age.”

Accordingly, I’ll suggest and demonstrate some tools to help manage attention, navigate distractions, and keep our brains capable of doing the important stuff.

“Undead Value Stream Mapping from Hell”

In this seminar, the presenter will show how to use Value Stream Maps to “drive a stake through the heart of the Waste Monster!”

“Vampire Bytes”

In this seminar, the presenter will discuss estimating document numbers and eDiscovery potential costs based on gigabit size using the EDRM data calculator and various data volume converters.

“BOOlean Searching”

When you search for case law using an online database, do irrelevant results creep in? Do you ever have the sinking feeling that your online search may have overlooked the key to a great mystery?

What sort of wizardry would give you the power to maximize relevant results and minimize irrelevant results, no matter which online database you use?

Learn how BOOlean Searching using AND, OR, NOT, and more, can help you find all the case law on the issue that haunts you, without digging through a graveyard of quite so many cases on other issues.

Soon you’ll be ready to work BOOlean search magic like this, on any topic you’re researching: ((wizard! OR warlock OR witch) AND spell) NOT ineffective. 

 “Password, Password, Toil and Trouble”

In June 2018, PC Magazine conducted a survey of 2500 US Trick or Treaters, err consumers.  In that survey, PC Magazine found that 35% of people never change their passwords.  It’s even more bewitching when you combine that figure with a recent February 2019 Google survey of 3000 consumers which notes that 65% of people reuse the same password for multiple accounts.   It is quite likely many lawyers fall into these spooky categories.  Given all the data breach incidents, ghoulish ransomware attacks and other malware that goes bump in the night, password security and data protection are more important than ever.

 In this seminar, the presenter will discuss using entropy, passphrases, Password Managers and Two Factor Authentication as various means of better securing your data and sensitive client information and provide a cure to “The Spell of the Easy Password”.

1 hour CLE credit (195834)

“How a Solo Can Be Han Solo - Using Technology for Courtroom Presentations”

November 14, 2019 —William Booth III, Esq. 

Description forthcoming

 


Spring 2019 Archive

The Spring 2019 LegalTech Seminar Series focused 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 LearntheLaw.org was chosen to build the classrooms and the work that some USC law students provided in their creation. LearntheLaw.org 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 360.com 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)

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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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