Autonomous Cars: The Changing Rules of the Road

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: July 12, 2018
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In this program, we will review the fast-approaching reality of autonomous cars and the legal changes required for us to move safely into this new fast lane of technology. Hear cutting-edge information from legal experts who have overseen the early stages of autonomous cars from development and regulatory perspectives.

This program was recorded on July 12th, 2018.

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American Bar Association


Randy Iwasaki, P.E.

Executive Director
Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Randy serves as the Authority's chief executive and is responsible for the overall management of the Authority, including its projects, programs, policies and procedures, the board-approved budget, and all personnel decisions. Randy has served the Authority since April 2010.

Prior to joining the Authority, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009 as Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Randy was with Caltrans for more than 26 years serving in various engineering and management positions.

He earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master's in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

David McCray

Of Counsel
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

David McCray’s practice focuses on major project and infrastructure development, including environmental reviews, permitting and approvals from a wide range of federal and state natural resources agencies, and litigation of project decisions and policies. He counsels clients on regulatory matters and litigation involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), climate change, water, wetlands, project mitigation, land use, air, and mobile source air toxics and related health impacts. He also works on cutting edge technology advances such as autonomous and connected vehicles. David co-chairs the firm’s Infrastructure and Real Estate practice.

In 2015, Governor Brown appointed David to a four-year term as a justice on the California Courts-Martial Appellate Panel where he is responsible for hearing criminal appeals involving California Guard and Reserve personnel.

David served as Assistant Chief Counsel at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) from 2007-2014 and was the Department's most senior environmental attorney. He led a team in litigating for, and providing advice to, the Governor’s office and Caltrans' staff involving complex environmental, regulatory, Native American, and real estate development issues on multi-million dollar transportation projects.

Prior to joining Caltrans, David served with the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 21 years of active service. He held positions such as the Chief of the Air Force Environmental & Tort Litigation Branch; the Base Staff Judge Advocate at Beale Air Force Base, California; and the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri where he also managed the environmental law program. While with the Air Force, David also served for two years as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Environmental & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Brian G. Soublet

Deputy Director & Chief Counsel
California Department of Motor Vehicles

Brian began his career as an Assistant City Attorney in Oakland, California before entering private practice as an insurance defense attorney. Brian returned to public service in 1992 as a Staff Counsel at the California Department of Insurance (CDI), where he worked on issues related to insurance rates and insurance policy underwriting. At the CDI Brian served as Assistant Chief Counsel and Chief Counsel before moving over to the DMV in 2003. Brian has worked on transportation related issues throughout his 25 year career with the State of California, including drafting regulations governing the rating factors for private passenger automobile insurance, supervising administrative litigation involving the suspension of driver’s licenses of intoxicated drivers, monitoring tort litigation, drafting and reviewing state contracts, assisting with the drafting of the regulations for the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles on public roadways, assisting with the drafting of regulations for the issuance of driver’s license to undocumented immigrants, and revising California’s procedures for registering voters at the DMV.

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