Category Archives: Talks & Conferences

Power, Privilege, and Transformation: Lessons from the Pandemic for Online Legal Education

I’ll be speaking at a virtual symposium on the future of legal education to be held on Wednesday, Aug 5. The program starts at noon, and I’m on Panel 2, which is somewhere in the middle because we start with a keynote, and there are four panels.  Six hours in all!

My talk is entitled “The Virtual Law School 2.0” and builds off a talk I gave … 20 years ago.  And the (horrible) slides for that one are still online somewhere, too.

Power, Privilege, and Transformation:
Lessons from the Pandemic for Online Legal Education

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

The University of Miami School of Law, in partnership with the AALS Journal of Legal Education, is delighted to host a virtual symposium to discuss the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed legal education in the U.S.

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The symposium will seek to explore the ways in which the delivery of legal education online implicates power and identity and entails institutional and pedagogic transformation. Please join us for a keynote by Professor Cass R. Sunstein, followed by stellar panels featuring Deans Leonard M. Baynes, Darby Dickerson, Eduardo M. Peñalver, Vice Dean Andrew B. Dawson, Associate Dean Margaret Y. K. Woo, Professors I. Glenn Cohen, Charlton Copeland, Meera E. Deo, Michele DeStefano, Doron Dorfman, Yvonne M. Dutton, Sheila R. Foster, Mary Anne Franks, A. Michael Froomkin, Osamudia James, Nina A. Kohn, Mary A. Lynch, Rhonda V. Magee, Jeremy R. Paul, Michele R. Pistone, and Mr. William E. Adams, Ms. Judith A. Gundersen, Mr. David C. Reeves, Ms. Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ms. Kellye Y. Testy, Mr. Richard M. Trachok II.

Academics, practitioners, students and alumni, and members of the public are welcome to attend. There is no charge for participating but advance registration is required.

6.0 CLE Credits Pending Florida Bar Approval

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Click here to view the Call for Papers from JLE.

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Our New Normal


UM Law put on a good one today about Law and Cornavirus.  Announced only a few days ago, it drew over 500 viewers. They’re likely to do a sequel. Meanwhile, I gather a recorded version should be online Real Soon Now.™

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WeRobot 2020 Submission Deadline Extended to Oct 7

Full details in the WeRobot 2020 Call for Proposals.

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Video of Panel on “Regulating Safety and Quality” of Medical AI

Recently (June 1, 2019), I participated in a conference on AI & Medicine called Machine M.D.  The organizers at the University of Ottawa have posted video from the event, so here’s Panel #1 on “Regulating Safety and Quality“.  I was the first speaker, early in the morning…

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Machine M.D. in Ottawa

I’m in Ottawa today for the Machine M.D. conference.  My panel, on “Regulating Health and Safety” started at 8:30am, so now that it’s over I get to enjoy the rest of the very packed schedule.

(I’m missing the also wonderful annual Privacy Law Scholars conference to be here, an example of the difficulties in trying to write in, and keep up in, multiple areas even within technology law.)

My argument in my talk was that, contrary to a number of articles by others that are now in press, we don’t want a super-AI regulator, but rather need to find a way to strengthen the AI capacity of existing sectoral regulators like the FDA, NHTSA and many others.  The exception(s) to this general rule arise(s) only if the AI aspect of a regulatory question predominates over the sectoral — something I argue is rare, and probably limited to issues regarding access to data, to data quality, to job losses due to AI, and possibly to the regulation (or at least liability for) AI emergent behavior.

Unsurprisingly, some members of the audience, many of whom are health professionals, pushed back against the idea that when it comes to AI health really isn’t all that different from transport, finance, sentencing, or other predictive profiling applications. A polite discussion — we are after all in Canada — ensued.

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The Robots Are Coming

Police in Washington County, Oregon, have responded to a distress call from a woman claiming her home was being burgled, only to discover a robotic vacuum trapped inside the bathroom.

Woman calls 911 over home invader. It was a Roomba.

Of course some day, someone really will figure out how to use a robot to do a burglary.  Or, more likely, subvert one via your smart home.

We’ll be talking about what robots are actually coming, what they may do, and how we should prepare for it, at We Robot 2019, which starts tomorrow. Advance registration is closed, but on-site registration will be available.

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