Creating, Building and Growing Law and Technology Centers: The Why, The What & The How

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

Webinar Description:

If you take even a cursory glance at law schools’ websites, you will see a plethora of law tech courses of one kind or another included in the school’s curriculum. While some law schools have fully developed law tech centers, institutes, and certificate programs, others are in the early stages of planning and development. During this webinar, established law and tech center/initiative directors will share the structure and development of their centers and share advice for those interested in or in the early stages of developing law tech centers.


Creating, Building, and Growing Law & Technology Centers: The Why The What & The How


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April Dawson, J.D., Associate Dean of Technology and Innovation and Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law

April Dawson is the Associate Dean of Technology and Innovation and Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law. April received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and was a computer programmer before attending law school. April graduated cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 1994. After law school, April joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through its Attorney General’s Honors Program. While at the Department of Justice, she argued cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. In 1996, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

April joined NCCU Law as a full-time faculty member in 2006, where she currently teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law and Law and Technology. She has been voted Teacher of the Year multiple times by students. As chair of the Webinar Committee of the AALS Section on Technology, Law and Legal Education, April organized the inaugural 2019 Summer Webinar Series, and she was also a presenter for two of the webinar sessions: Teaching with Technology for Maximum Student Engagement and Tech Productivity Tips for Law Faculty. April also organized the 2020 Summer Webinar Series, and presented a webinar session titled, The Paperless Law Prof.

April was a presenter at the ABA TECHSHOW 2020, where she served on two panels: Skills Building: Best Practices for Teaching Tech to Law Students and Tech Forward: New Jobs for New Lawyers. April was also a presenter at the ABA TECHSHOW 2021, where she presented: Law of Technology vs. Law Practice Technology Courses: Who Should Teach and How to Design.

April is the Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Technology, Law and Legal Education, and was the recipient of the 2021 Technology, Law and Legal Education Section Award.

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Nicole Morris, J.D., Director of TI:GER and Professor in Practice, Emory University School of Law

Nicole N. Morris is a member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law. She is a professor in practice and director of the TI:GER program (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results), an innovative partnership between Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) that brings together graduate students in law, business, science and engineering to work on ways to take innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace. As a professor in practice, her areas of expertise include patent law, patent litigation, patent prosecution, IP licensing, and strategy.

Prior to joining the Emory faculty, Morris was the former managing patent counsel at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. While at The Coca-Cola Company, Nicole was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s global patent strategy and providing day-to-day advice & counseling to business stakeholders, including freedom-to-operate and competitive assessments and counseling concerning IP related agreements.

Morris has over ten years of experience practicing patent law in large and mid-sized law firms and has represented clients in patent and trademark litigation matters, as well as patent prosecution matters. Morris also worked as an engineer for six years with 3M and Eli Lilly and has over twenty years of experience working with consumer products and technology commercialization.

Professor Morris is a frequent speaker on patent law topics including patent prosecution, patent litigation, IP licensing, and the role of corporate counsel in patent transactions. She is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Atlanta IP Inn of Court, Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (Board Member), and serves as Treasurer of the Minority In-House Counsel Association. In 2013, Morris was awarded the 2013 Rising Star Corporate Counsel Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and featured in the August 2013 issue of Corporate Counsel magazine.

Morris is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice in the states of Georgia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and in the District of Columbia.

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Laura Norris, J.D., Associate Clinical Professor; Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute; Director, Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic; Director, Tech Edge J.D. Program; Faculty Advisor, ChIPs Women in Tech Law at SCU, Santa Clara University School of Law

Laura Norris is a founding Director of Santa Clara Law’s innovative Tech Edge J.D. program and Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, a co-director of the High Tech Law Institute, and an Associate Clinical Professor.  She teaches topics including startup law, intellectual property, venture capital funding, and in-house legal practice.  She also maintains a solo legal practice, advising mostly private technology companies in all stages of growth, often focusing on strategic partnerships and intellectual property licensing.  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.  When she is not working with startups and students, Laura can be found in the pool or on local trails, training for her next triathlon.

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Gabriel H. Teninbaum, J.D, Assistant Dean of Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education and Professor of Legal Writing, Suffolk University Law School

Gabe Teninbaum is the Assistant Dean for Innovation, Strategic Initiatives and Distance Education, as well as a Professor of Legal Writing, at Suffolk University Law School. Among other responsibilities, he leads the #1 ranked legal tech program in the nation, as ranked on multiple occasions by National Jurist Magazine and preLaw Magazine. In addition to his work at Suffolk Law, Teninbaum has held appointments as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project since 2017. Teninbaum has been named to the FastCase 50, the ABA Journal Web 100, and elected a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.  He is the founder of the award-winning software company for legal education, He has been called “perhaps the most tech-savvy law professor in the nation” by the ABA Journal.  Teninbaum proudly chairs the AALS Section on Technology, Law, and Legal Education.

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Supplemental Resource: This is an exercise I use with to get our students to build simple apps during orientation. Please reach out if you would like to discuss implementation!



Jeff Ward, J.D., Director of the Duke Center on Law & Tech, Associate Dean for Technology & Innovation, and Clinical Professor of Law, Duke Law

Jeff Ward is Director of the Duke Center on Law & Tech, Associate Dean for Technology & Innovation, and Clinical Professor of Law at Duke Law, where he teaches courses at the intersection of law, emerging technologies, and ethics such as Frontier A.I. & Robotics: Law & Ethics, offers the Duke Law Tech Lab pre-accelerator program for early stage legal tech companies, connects legal technology stakeholders from broad backgrounds through Duke Law By Design, and uses the tools of the law to help ensure that new technologies ultimately empower and ennoble all people and expand access to quality legal services. Both at Duke and in his role as a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Jeff’s work centers on communities of trust, particularly in arenas where competing needs for protection of data, on the one hand, and productivity of data, on the other, demand more effective stewardship of information. In all of his work on ethical technology development, he focuses on facilitating structures to allow diverse communities of stakeholders to have a voice in their socio-technical futures.


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