Emerging Technology: Implementation and Regulation

The Law School is closed and classes and the Emerging Technology
Symposium cancelled Thursday, Februrary 22, 2018, due to winter weather.

Washburn Law's Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government in partnership with the Washburn Law Journal are pleased to host "Emerging Technology: Implementation and Regulation."

The symposium will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University campus. Free parking is available south and west of Bradbury Thompson.

The symposium will address the increasingly prominent role technology plays in law and government, as well as how regulators are addressing the rapidly changing technology industry. It will feature three panel discussions comprised of nationally recognized experts in the field:

  • Opportunities and Potential Issues with Agencies Using Technology
  • Creating the Legal and Technical Framework for Smart Cities
  • Unique Challenges of Regulating Driverless Cars

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Symposium Schedule

Thursday, February 22, 2017

9:00 a.m. – Registration

9:25 a.m. – Welcome

  • Thomas J. Romig, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law
  • Jordan Z. Dillon, Editor-in-Chief, Washburn Law Journal

9:30 a.m. – Panel 1: Opportunities and Potential Issues with Agencies Using Technology

Agencies are facing a bigger workload than ever before, and they are increasingly looking to technological solutions to meet that need. This panel will discuss which tools agencies have already implemented and those they will consider for the future, along with issues of enforceability and discretion that are inherent in these new regulatory processes.

Moderator: Professor Craig Martin, Co-Director, International and Comparative Law Center, Washburn University School of Law [ Bio ]

Photograph: Ryan Hagemann. Photograph: David Lehr. Photograph: Carla Reyes.

Photograph: Abbey Stemler. Photograph: Lucas Satterlee.

  • Ryan Hagemann, Director of Technology Policy and Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Analyst, Niskanen Center [ Bio ]
  • David Lehr, Research Fellow & Deputy Technologist, Center on Privacy and Technology Georgetown University Law Center [ Bio (scroll down page ]
  • Carla L. Reyes, Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law; Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University [ Bio ]
  • Abbey R. Stemler, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University [ Bio ]
  • Lucas C. Satterlee, Associate, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (Denver, Colorado)

12:00 p.m. – Box Lunch (provided to registrants)

12:45 p.m. – Panel 2: Creating the Legal and Technical Framework for Smart Cities

Emerging technology offers an attractive opportunity for municipalities to upgrade the amenities they offer to their citizens, such as transportation and internet access. Achieving such goals, however, requires careful collaboration between local government and businesses, mindful coding and structuring of the new technology, and synergistic efforts between the different city initiatives. This panel will weigh in on best practices and useful advice for cities wishing to embrace technology for their citizens.

Moderator: Jeffrey Hewett, Founder and CEO, Granite Legal Systems [ Bio ]

Photograph: Mila Gasco. Photograph: Enrique Armijo. Photograph: Brandie Nonnecke.

  • Mila Gascó, Associate Research Director, University at Albany, State University of New York; Research Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College [ Bio ]
  • Enrique Armijo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law [ Bio ]
  • Brandie M. Nonnecke, Research & Development Manager, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), University of California-Berkeley; Program Director, CITRIS, University of California-Davis; Fellow, World Economic Forum [ Bio ]

2:45 p.m. – Panel 3: Unique Challenges of Regulating Driverless Cars

This panel will focus on the feasibility, legal landscape, and the government’s role in the emergence of driverless cars. What will the next generation of semi-driverless or fully-driverless vehicles look like? Who will be primarily liable in the event of an accident? How will the laws of the road adapt when vehicles no longer look or operate like cars of the past? Panelists are invited to address these concerns and raise others that are not as readily apparent in the current regulatory framework.

Moderator: Jacob B. Jensen, J.D. Candidate, 2019, Washburn University School of Law

Photograph: Christopher Koopman. Photograph: Tracy Hresko Pearl. Photograph: John McGinnis.

  • Christopher Koopman, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University [ Bio ]
  • Tracy Hresko Pearl, Associate Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law [ Bio ]
  • John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law [ Bio ]

4:30 p.m. – Adjourn

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Date / Location

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Washburn University
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
Parking: south and west of Bradbury.
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Registration Fee

There is no charge to attend. A box lunch is provided to those who pre-register by Monday, February 19 at 9 a.m. (we are not offering specific dietary restriction accommodations though lunch will include a vegetarian option).

No CLE credit is being offered.


Seating for the symposium is limited. So that we may accommodate as many attendees as possible and be sure to order enough lunches, if you register and are unable to attend please contact, as soon as possible, Donna Vilander at donna.vilander@washburn.edu or (785) 670-1105.

Assistance for Special Needs

If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

Washburn Law Journal Special Issue

Washburn Law Journal, volume 57, issue 2 (spring 2018), will be dedicated to the topic of this symposium, and articles written by the participants will be featured. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to submit an article, essay, etc., to take advantage of this opportunity for publication. Authors who cannot attend the symposium, but would like to submit, will also be considered for publication in the Journal.

Recent symposium issues of the Washburn Law Journal have focused on the future of employment law, the future of housing, Brown v. Board of Education at 60, immigration law, oil and gas law, the rule of law and the war on terrorism (part 1 | part 2), and humanizing legal education. See the Journal's archive for other past issues.

Inquiries about publication opportunities in the Washburn Law Journal should be directed to Jordon Dillon, Editor-in-Chief, at jordon.dillon@washburn.edu.

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General Inquiries

Shawn Leisinger
Executive Director, Centers for Excellence
(785) 670-2464

Professor David Rubenstein
Director, Center for Law and Government
(785) 670-1682.

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Director of Marketing Communications
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