With the launch of the new TechLaw @ Arizona Law initiative, and the first TechLaw conference coming up on September 28, the college is poised to become a hub for the study of how technology shapes the law and legal practice -- and legal education.
It's an exciting initiative, led by Professor Andrew Keane Woods, who points out that Arizona Law's sustained focus on technology reflects feedback that our alumni have shared about changes taking place out in the field.
We're very lucky to have strong support for this event from organizations like Quarles & Brady and LexisNexis. We've also had support and steady advice from from alumni, some of whom work at the intersection of law and technology. 

In many respects, this initiative reflects years-long conversations we've had with alumni about the future of the law school. It builds on years of sustained efforts around intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and the research and teaching of faculty members across both traditional and new courses and fields.
We welcome your participation in this initiative. There is a great opportunity for you to learn more by joining us at the free TechLaw conference on September 28. 

The excitement around our innovative framing of TechLaw issues is reflected in the speakers from Amazon, Google, IBM Watson, Denton's NextLaw Labs, the ABA Center on Innovation, Quarles & Brady, LexisNexis, MetaJure, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the ACLU, and more.

Read more about the the ideas behind TechLaw below.

Until the footnotes,


Introducing TechLaw @ Arizona Law

Technology is changing the world around us and the law is racing to keep pace. But technology is also changing the practice of law and the administration of justice. 

TechLaw is a new global initiative based at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, created to examine issues on both sides of the law-and-technology nexus, including privacy, cybersecurity, innovation for justice, quantlaw, regulatory science, and more. 

We invite you to join University of Arizona Law faculty on September 28 for our launch event.
Arizona Law professor Andrew Keane Woods is TechLaw conference organizer and will convene a panel on regulating technology.

Conference organizer Andrew Keane Woods explains:
"Law schools tend to treat technology in one of two ways: as a force that might change the laws on the books, or as a force that might change the practice of the law. We want to integrate these two inquiries under one heading as we continue researching the future of the law and legal education."
Professor Woods says that the TechLaw event is really a coming out party for a larger initiative at Arizona Law. 

A group of faculty, also including professors Jane Bambauer, Stacy Butler, and Christopher Robertson, wanted to highlight the college's existing strengths in a number of areas -- privacy, quantitative science, regulatory science -- but also announce new efforts in areas like innovation for justice and cybersecurity. 

Many law schools are doing very small, one-off law-and-technology initiatives, typically focused on just one or two areas of the larger law-and-technology space.
"We wanted to try something different: to think about how technology might completely reshape lawyering, the justice system, and of course legal education. TechLaw gives us a space to house our various initiatives and to plan for the future."
It's a rich area of inquiry.

Arizona Law professor Jane Bambauer will convene a TechLaw panel on privacy law.
Arizona Law professor Stacy Butler will convene a panel on innovation for justice.
Professor Christopher Robertson is part of the TechLaw initiative at Arizona Law.

Professor Woods says his own interest in the topic arose from his previous work, writing about the kinds of cross-border challenges that arise when old, territorially-based rules are applied to the global Internet. 

"There are many questions about how and where laws need to adapt or be re-written to accommodate our ever more digital world." 

In his most recent article, "Litigating Data Sovereignty," forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, he looks to foreign affairs law for guidance in managing inter-sovereign disputes over data.

Stacy Butler, director of the college's new Innovation for Justice (I4J) program and convenor of one of the four TechLaw conference panels, describes the connection between I4J and the TechLaw initiative:
"The Innovation for Justice program exposes students to the justice gap, engages students in thinking critically about the power of technology and innovation to close that gap, and empowers students to be disruptive problem-solvers in the changing world of legal services. Two paths are possible where technology and the administration of justice intersect -- we can move a flawed civil legal system onto a new platform, or we can harness the potential of technology to disrupt and democratize access to civil justice. The I4J conference panelists are leaders in the effort to accomplish the latter, and this is a terrific opportunity for conference guests to learn from them."

Event details
When: Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ

Who may attend: The event is open to the public and will be of particular interest to lawyers, engineers, scholars, and business and public policy leaders working at the intersection of law and technology.


Northwestern professor and former dean Daniel B. Rodriguez will deliver the keynote.

Daniel B. Rodriguez, Harold Washington Professor and former dean at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Is California's New Privacy Law Awesome, Awful, or Somewhere in Between? 
Convenor: Jane Bambauer, Arizona Law
Regulating Tech: Are Robots the Problem or Are Humans?
Convenor: Andrew Keane Woods, Arizona Law
Innovation for Justice: Can Technology Disrupt Elite Law?
Convenor: Stacy Butler, Arizona Law
The Future of the Profession
Convenor: Kevin Harrang, Director, MetaJure
Visit the TechLaw @ Arizona Law event page for panel and speaker details.

Around the College

TechLaw @ Arizona Law is your Arizona Law. We look forward to exploring and shaping doctrine, practice, and policy as we see, feel, and hear about the shifts that the seismic forces of technology and globalization are bringing about.

Speaking of globalization -- as you'll see in the "Around the College" note above, "the College" this week included my welcome to new undergraduate dual-degree students in our program with Ocean University of China. This week I also have meetings with alumni and leaders in legal education and practice in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen.

Here and below: at the headquarters of Alibaba in Hangzhou.

What a world, in digital and physical reality! 

To get a significant dose of the changes around us, please join us on the 28th of September.





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