2018 Symposium

The University of Miami Law Review‘s 2018 Symposium, Hack to the Future: How Technology is Disrupting the Legal Profession, took place on the following dates:

Friday, February 9, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018

University of Miami, Donna E. Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Drive, Miami, FL 33146


About the Symposium

The University of Miami Law Review’s Symposium is an annual event that leads to the publication of an issue. The 2018 Symposium, entitled “Hack to the Future: How Technology is Disrupting the Legal Profession,” explored the implications of developing technologies on the practice of law.

Keynote Speaker:

Hilarie Bass

As Co-President of international law firm Greenberg Traurig and a prolific trial attorney with a highly successful 30-plus year career, Hilarie Bass is one of the most recognized women attorneys in the United States. Ms. Bass is currently President of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members. At Greenberg Traurig, she helps chart the course for the multi-practice firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys across 38 offices worldwide. She currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and previously served an eight-year term as national chair of its 600-member litigation department. Ms. Bass is also the founder and former Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative.

Mentoring others in the legal field and giving back to the community has always been a top priority for Ms. Bass. She has led top legal and community organizations and received numerous prestigious awards for her achievements. She has dedicated herself to supporting the mission of the ABA for more than 30 years, beginning as a young lawyer and now serving a one-year term as President. She previously served as Chair of the Section of Litigation, the ABA’s largest section, where she spearheaded the creation of a Task Force on Implicit Bias in the Justice System. Ms. Bass also served as Chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar, and as a member of the Board of Governors, House of Delegates and the State of Florida representative, on the Nominating Committee. Ms. Bass serves as Vice Chair of University of Miami’s Board of Trustees and was formerly Chair of the United Way of Miami-Dade County and a member of the ABA Commission on Women.   [Excerpted from full biography on  www.americanbar.org]


PANEL I: Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence

This panel will examine current and emerging technologies (including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, and smart contracts among others) and their applications to the legal field and practice. The purpose of the panel will be to discuss how technology is changing the traditionally slow-to-evolve legal landscape. This panel will bring together two founders of companies focused on development of artificial intelligence technologies for legal companies and a legal scholar focused on legal technology. It is imperative that legal practitioners understand the advent of new technologies, how they can improve their practice, the threats they may pose, and their related responsibilities to their clients.


Erika Pagano, Director of Academics and Advancement , LAWWITHOUTWALLSLecturer in Law, University of Miami


Michael Mills, Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Neota Logic

Andrew M.J. Arruda, CEO/Cofounder, Ross Intelligence

Michael Froomkin, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law


PANEL II: Legal Technology and Access to Justice

This second panel will explore and evaluate how technology in the legal field can be designed to allow for more efficient delivery of legal services to a wider range of people. The discussion will be aimed at evaluating the current access to justice environment, from both a legal practitioner’s and a social scientist’s perspective, and how technology can lead the charge to improve these efforts and close what is known as the “justice gap.”


Caroline Bettinger-López, Professor of Clinical Legal Education & Director, Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law


Elisa D’Amico, Partner, K&L Gates and co-founder of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project

Liz Rieser-Murphy, Staff Attorney, Immigration Youth Project at Legal Aid Society

Vanessa Butnick-Davis , Vice President, Research and Product Development, Legal Zoom


PANEL III: Big Data: Data Privacy and Cyber Security

This panel will discuss the benefits and perils, including the ethical implications and obligations, of big data collection in the legal field. Relatedly, the panel will explore the implications of big data collection on the privacy rights of everyday citizens. Advanced analytical algorithms will continue to allow lawyers to more accurately predict the outcomes of disputes, analyze trends in case law, and more quickly conduct research and prepare for litigation. This is a trend that will undoubtedly disrupt the way the legal industry operates, and this panel will discuss the proper balance between innovation, client privacy, and the ethical responsibility of practitioners.


Daniel B. Ravicher, Director Larry Hoffman|Greenberg Traurig Startup Practicum & Lecturer in Law, University of Miami School of Law


David James Knight, Software Developer and Legal Technology Consultant, CodeCounsel LLC 

John Flood, Professor of Law and Society, Griffith University Law School

William McGeveran, Professor of Law and Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School


PANEL IV: LegalTech and the Corporate World

The final panel of the Symposium will bring together speakers from the in-house counsel side to provide an inside perspective on how technology is changing the practice of law from a client’s perspective. This panel will round out the program’s discussion by providing a look at the legal environment from the perspective of those seeking legal services.


Jason P. Kairalla, Shareholder, Carlton Fields


Julie Siefkas-Marin, Director, Senior Associate Counsel at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence, Clio

Ernesto LucianoAssociate General Counsel & Vice-President, Kaplan Higher Education, LLC



Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 9, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 1: 30 p.m.        Registration

1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.         Welcome

1:35 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.         Panel I: Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence

3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.         Break

3:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.         Panel II: Legal Technology and Access to Justice

4:50 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.         Break

4:55 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Introduction of Keynote

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.         Keynote: Hilarie Bass, ABA President

Saturday, February 10, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.           Registration

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.           Welcome

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.         Panel III: Big Data: Data Privacy and Cyber Security

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.       Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Panel IV: LegalTech and the Corporate World

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Closing


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