From AI to eDiscovery: Innovation in Legal and Technology Education

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded Date: January 31, 2018
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1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • The current state and future of Legal Education
  • Addressing Legal and Technology Education challenges
  • Artifical Intelligence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • eDiscovery
  • Predictions on the future of Legal and Technology Education
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: January 31, 2018


Technology has been one of the driving forces behind profound changes in legal education, and e-discovery education has become an important part of law school curricula around the nation. In this div, directors of law school e-discovery programs will discuss their programs and what they see as the future of legal education.

From artificial intelligence to distance learning about the law and technology to law school programs dedicated to e-discovery, legal education is changing at a rapid pace. As more states add technology competency requirements for attorneys, how will the profession meet these challenges? Whether you’re a lawyer, paralegal, or litigation support professional, join us for this session as a noted U.S. district judge who teaches e-discovery law, prominent law professors, and the executive director of the national e-discovery certification association discuss how you can keep up with requirements for legal and technical education—while making some predictions about how legal and tech training will be done in the future.

This program was recorded as part of LegalTech on January 31st, 2018.

Provided By



Laura Norris

Assistant Clinical Professor; Director, Entreprenuers' Law Clinic; Director, Tech Edge J.D.
Santa Clara University School of Law

As a former tech executive, Laura is committed to training law students for careers in technology companies and the firms that support them. Laura is founding Director of Santa Clara Law’s innovative Tech Edge J.D. program and Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, and a member of the full-time faculty. The Tech Edge J.D. is a certificate program being piloted in 2018, designed to prepare law students for practice in technology-related industries. The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, now in its fifth year, uses 2L and 3L students to provide free legal services and workshops to the Silicon Valley’s vibrant entrepreneurial community. Laura also teaches two entrepreneurial law courses to SCU undergraduate engineers and regularly speaks on topics relating to entrepreneurship law and intellectual property.

Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law, Laura worked in private practice representing technology startups and entrepreneurs. She gained her business acumen through her position as the first Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. The Recorder has recognized her as a Top Woman Leader in Tech Law in 2017 and 2014, and her innovative teaching techniques were recognized in 2015 when Santa Clara Law’s High Tech Law Institute received the Legal Innovator award.

William Hamilton

Legal Skills Professor and E-Discovery Project Executive Director
University of Florida Levin College of Law

William Hamilton is a Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he teaches electronic discovery and complex litigation. Mr. Hamilton is the co-author of the LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida e-Discovery and Evidence and co-author of “A Student Electronic Discovery Primer.” Mr. Hamilton is also the General Editor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida Contract Litigation. Mr. Hamilton has been recognized in Chambers USA, Florida Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers.

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez

United States District Judge
Western District of Texas

President George W. Bush appointed Judge Rodriguez to the bench as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas in 2003. He is a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and was also a partner in the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. Judge Rodriguez is a frequent speaker on continuing legal education seminars and has authored numerous articles regarding employment law, discovery, and arbitration issues. He serves as an adjunct professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law. He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He was awarded the Rosewood Gavel Award for outstanding judicial service from the St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2011.

Dr. Daniel Martin Katz

Associate Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology

Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's challenging legal job market. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz's forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement in the 2013 Fastcase 50, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law." He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal's 2013 Class of "Legal Rebels," a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession. Professor Katz teaches Civil Procedure, E-Discovery, Legal Analytics and Practice & Professionalism at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers. He joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law.

Professor Katz received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy with a focus on complex adaptive systems from the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and simultaneously obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. During his graduate studies, he was a fellow in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Michigan Law School and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

Mary Mack

Executive Director
Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist (ACEDS)

Mary Mack, Executive Director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), has 15 years of hands on E-Discovery experience in both software and services. She is the author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery and the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel. Mary is certified in computer forensics, computer telephony, access and identity management, security and eDiscovery. Mary is a graduate of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

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