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Challenges & opptys for legal education & practice of law
Friday, April 04, 2014 at 08:30 AM    Cost: Absolutely Free
Subotnick Center, 250 Joralemon St, 10th Fl

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Join legal entrepreneurs & international visionaries in law, entrepreneurship, & innovation for discussions, demonstrations, & networking. Participants in this symposium will focus on challenges & opportunities that are changing legal education & the practice of law. This program will feature enlightening talks & expert panels on new issues facing the legal system, changes in law & legal practice that are needed & are underway, & how the future of law & legal practice might look. In addition to the presentations & talks, this program will also include demonstrations of forward-looking legal products & services exemplifying the new face of law practice.

Breakfast, coffee, & networking sponsored by Clio.

Lunch is sponsored by the Voice Communication Exchange Committee (VCXC).

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Urban Business Entrepreunership (CUBE), the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP), iLINC European Network of law school startup clinics, Legal Hackers, HiiL, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, & the New York Greater Metropolitan Area chapter of the Internet Society.


8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast, Coffee & Networking (sponsored by Clio)

9:00 to 9:15 Opening Remarks

9:15 to 10:15 American & European Approaches to Experiential Legal Education:
Training the Next Generation of Entrepreneurial Lawyers
American & European legal academics & experts focused on experiential
law, entrepreneurship, & innovation compare their respective approaches,
with an eye towards building an innovative & collaborative global system-a
network of networks of legal startup clinics.

● Jonathan Askin (@jaskin), Professor, Brooklyn Law School;
Founder/Director, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic; Innovation
Catalyst, Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship

● Patrick Cahill (@qmqlegal), qLegal Coordinator, Queen Mary University
of London

● Wilfried De Wever, Head of Innovating Justice Hub, The Hague Institute
for the Internationalisation of Law

● Anthony Luppino, Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
School of Law; Faculty Co-Director of UMKC Entrepreneurial Legal
Services Clinic; Lead Editor, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's
Entrepreneurship Law (EshipLaw) Website

● Esther Barron, Clinical Professor of Law & Director, Entrepreneurship
Law Center, Northwestern University School of Law

10:15 to 10:30 Lightning Talks & Demos
● TinyLaw: Putting the Power of Everyday Contracts in Consumers'
Vinay Jain, Chief Legal Officer, ShakeLaw

● Student Demos:
○ Hacking a Platform for DMCA Takedowns of Revenge Porn
○ -- Building an Online Repository for Small
Inventors to Share Ideas with the World

10:30 to 10:45 Coffee & Networking

10:45 to 11:45 Crowdsourcing the Law: Collaborative Legal Platforms
Startups challenging the increasingly complicated nature of legal practice
explain how tools that tap into the power of collaboration & the crowd can
improve the practice.

● Phil Weiss, Founder & Director of Technological Development, New
York Legal Hackers; Associate, Fridman Law Group

● Hon. Amedeo Santosuosso, Judge, Court of Appeal of Milan (I);
Professor of Law, Science & New Technologies, University of Pavia,
Department of Law, Interdepartmental Research Center ECLT,
University of Pavia (I); President, European Association for Neuroscience
and Law (via video)

● Matt Hall & John Watkinson, Co-Founders, Docracy

● Jake Heller (@Jacob_Heller), Founder & CEO, CaseText (via video)

● Erik Lopez, Co-founder & CEO, Jurify

11:45 to 11:55 Lightning Keynote: Hacking the Law
Ben Kallos, New York City Council Member, Chair, Committee on Governmental

11:55 to 12:45 Access to Justice: Using Technology & the Crowd
Civically-minded New Yorkers discuss how innovative uses of technology &
crowdsourcing can give individuals increased ability to access & use the
judicial system.

● Marsha Garrison, Suzanne J. & Norman Miles Professor of Law,
Brooklyn Law School

● Wilneida Negron (@WilneidaNegron), Manager, Technology
Innovations, LawHelpNY

● Mark O'Brien, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Pro Bono Net;
Adjunct Professor of Law; Georgetown University Law Center

● Nikki Zeichner (@nikzei), Founder, Parole Hearing Data Project;
Associate, London & Robin

12:45 to 12:50 Announce CUBE Innovators

12:50 to 2:00 Working Lunch: Collaborative Drafting of the Citizens Charter for
Cyberspace (sponsored by VCXC)
In 1215, a few noblemen drafted the Magna Carta. In 1620, a few fleeing
Englishmen drafted the Mayflower Compact. In 1776, a few well-educated
revolutionaries drafted the Declaration of Independence. In 1787, elected
representatives drafted US Constitution. In 1996, one person, John Perry Barlow,
drafted A Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace. Today, we harness our
collective experience, knowledge, wisdom, & judgment to collaborate on a
Citizens Charter for Cyberspace. We will discuss & collaborate & hone in on
the principles & language for such a Charter, & the creation of a living,
breathing document for the next phase in human & planetary relations.

Facilitator: Daniel Berninger, Founder, VCXC

2:00 to 2:30 Lightning Talks & Demos
● Eating Your Own Dog Food: Tools for Tech Lawyers
Amanda Brock, Solicitor & Director, Origin International Technology

● Student Demo:
○ G-Corp: Standards for Socially-Responsible Online Ventures

2:30 to 3:20 Social Entrepreneurship: New Legal Structures for Social Ventures
Policy & legal experts walk us through the nuts & bolts of pursuing B Lab
certification, registering as a benefit corporation or other similar structures in
the United States, & the prospects for other models & structures for Social

● Dana Brakman Reiser, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law

● Holly Ensign-Barstow (@HollyEBarstow), Policy Associate, B Lab

● Allen Bromberger, Partner, Perlman & Perlman

● Neil Jacobs (@nijacobs), Managing Partner, N. I. Jacobs & Associates

3:20 to 3:25 Lightning Talk: Technology for the Long Haul
Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence, Clio
Lawyers have responsibilities to clients that last for years & decades. Are you
choosing technology that will help you met those responsibilities in the years to
come? Learn how to pick software & services based on long-term needs to
support your entire legal career.

3:25 to 3:35 Coffee Break & Networking

3:35 to 4:25 Approaches to Funding Legal Processes: Alternative Litigation Financing
Firms & Patent Defense
Practitioners discuss the benefits & issues that arise from nontraditional
approaches to bringing & defending against litigation, including via selling an
equity stake in an action & collaborating to reduce costs.

● Stephen Reed, Clinical Professor of Law, Assistant Director,
Entrepreneurship Law Center, & Co-Director, JD-MBA Program,
Northwestern University School of Law

● Christopher Beal, Patent Troll Defense Network Coordinator, Application
Developers Alliance

● Sean Coffey, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Co-founder
and Managing Director, BlackRobe Capital

● Travis D. Lenkner, Managing Director, Gerchen Keller Capital

4:25 to 5:15 The Lawyer as CTO”
This panel of current & former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officers
and lawyer/technologists explore the role of the lawyer in emerging ventures
and tech policy formation.

● Daniel "Dazza" Greenwood, Computational Legal Science Group at the
MIT Media Lab; Founder,

● Andrew McLaughlin, Partner, Betaworks; CEO, Digg & Instapaper;
Former White House Deputy CTO

● Beth Noveck, Director, The Governance Lab, & Jacob K. Javits Visiting
Professor, NYU; Former White House Deputy CTO

● Michael Robak, Associate Library Director & Director of Technologies,
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

● Steven Berrent, Managing Director, WilmerHale eDiscoverySolutions;
Director of Information Technology, Vice President Al Gore's
presidential campaign

5:15pm to 5:30pm Closing Remarks
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