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  Nikki Pope

Managing Director


Message from the Managing Director

We’re three weeks into the new academic year and things at HTLI are off to a great start. Our second Tech Edge JD class is twice the size of the first. Our High Tech Tuesday speaker series is becoming like Monday Night Football – we have some special editions that are not on Tuesday nor are the during the lunch hour.

HTLI Benefactors are collaborating with our students to bring some exciting programs and speakers to campus this fall. We hope to see you at as many of them as you can make. We haven’t scheduled any Breakfast Bytes yet, but it’s still early in the semester!

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Artificial Intelligence for Social Impact
Speaker Series

We are kicking off a new season of the popular AI for Social Impact speaker series with a conversation about using facial recognition software as a surveillance tool. Working with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, we will continue to bring you informative discussions about issues facing Silicon Valley lawyers, businesses, and policymakers with the IT, Ethics and Law lecture series.

Facial Recognition and the new Surveillance State

10/28/2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Room 205, Charney Hall

Speakers: Matt Cagle, ACLU of Northern California, and James Leonard, Santa Clara DA Office

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AI Ethics, Law, and Human Progress

11/11/2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Room 101, Charney Hall

Speaker: Professor Shannon Vallor

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Smart Governance for Smart Cities: Rights and Justice in the Age of Civic AI

11/26/2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lucas Hall; Forbes Family Conference Room

Speakers: Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Privacy Expert, Hon. Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor, Jake Snow, ACLU of Northern California

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Without Precedent

HTLI is sponsoring a new monthly podcast series hosted by Professor Eli Edwards and Nikki Pope, HTLI’s Managing Director. The September episode discusses CalBar’s initiative to promote access to legal services to underserved communities through technology innovations. Future episodes will discuss using virtual reality in legal training and education, the impact of technology in the criminal justice system, biometric identification, and privacy, among other things. If you have an idea for a topic, tell us what it is.

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Technology and Justice

Last year’s Empathy Hackathon, a collaboration with the Leavey School of Business, was so successful, Professors Colleen Chien and Laura Norris have organized the Second Annual 2nd Chances Empathy Hackathon. The goal of the hackathon is to help people with a criminal record get the second chance they’ve earned by closing the gap between eligibility and delivery of second chances opportunities like record expungement or regaining the right to vote. You can help fix our criminal justice system by participating in the hackathon, by sponsoring the hackathon, or by partnering with the hackathon. Visit the 2nd Chances Empathy Hackathon website to find out more and sign-up today!

10/26/2019, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Charney Hall (multiple rooms)
Co-sponsors: Northern California Innocence Project, Center for Social Justice and Public Service

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HTLI is partnering with The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education to present Predicting Justice: Optimizing Data in the Criminal Justice System, a one-day symposium that brings together academics, judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, legislators, and policymakers for a comprehensive discussion about how technology and data are being used in our criminal justice system. The High Tech Law Journal will publish a special issue on predictive justice.

10/14/2019, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Charney Hall (multiple rooms)
Co-sponsor: High Tech Law Journal

Panelists: Prof. David Ball, Hon. Braden C. Woods, ADA James Gibbons-Shapiro, Prof. Kelley Kulick, Prof. Elsa Chen, Frank P. Carrubba, Hon. Rise Pichon (ret.), Irina Raicu, Mohammad Tajsar, Prof. Dorothy Glancy

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High Tech Student Clubs

Student clubs with an IP law or tech law focus are very active this semester. They’ve expanded the meaning of High Tech Tuesday to include Thursdays and evenings. Student clubs have organized no fewer than six events, many with HTLI Benefactors!

Regulating “Big Tech”

9/26/2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Room 206, Charney Hall
Wine & cheese reception on the Charney Hall Roof Deck starts at 7:00 pm
Co-sponsors: Law & Business Society and the High Tech Law Journal

Speakers: Katrina Rouse, DOJ-ATR, Jake Snow, ACLU of Northern California, Dina Srinivasan, Author, and Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, DLA Piper

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Omid Kordestani

10/17/2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Room 102, Charney Hall
Co-sponsor: Internet Law Student Organization

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Career Paths in Law

10/22/2019, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Room 104, Charney Hall

Co-sponsor: ChIPs

Speakers: Attorneys from Amazon.com*

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Patent Wars and the Gaming Industry: How Tech and Gaming Play Together

11/12/2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Room 106, Charney Hall
Co-sponsors: Sports & Entertainment Law Society and Student Intellectual Property Law Association

Speakers: Michael Tomasulo and Nimalka Wickramasekera of Winston & Strawn*

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Del Harvey, VP, Trust and Safety, Twitter

11/18/2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Room 101, Charney Hall
Co-sponsors: Internet Law Student Organization and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The discussion will be an overview of content moderation policy and solutions that tech companies (like Twitter) are exploring in light of current regulatory-panic.

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*High Tech Law Institute Benefactor

Visit the HTLI Events page to find out about new events. We have even more exciting programs in store for spring semester, including hosting the first meeting of the ABA Section on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and the Fifth Annual In-House Counsel Institute.

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High Tech Law Institute
Santa Clara University School of Law
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California 95053

(408) 551-1868