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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2012

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Michigan State Law Hosts Dubai Conference on Legal Technology and Entrepreneurship

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law will welcome legal professionals, students, entrepreneurs, scholars, and technology experts from around the globe to ReInvent Law Dubai on December 10, 2012. The event will be held at the DIFC Centre for Excellence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Event attendees will examine a variety of issues related to the future of law, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Registration is free at, but seating is limited.

“Attendees will benefit from hearing leaders in the fields of law, technology, and entrepreneurship discuss new ways of delivering legal services,” said Renee Newman Knake, associate professor of law and co-director of MSU Law’s ReInvent Law laboratory. “The conference is a byproduct of MSU Law’s LL.M. and M.J. degree programs in Dubai, including its Law Practice Innovation and Entrepreneurship course.”

The keynote speaker will be Hala Fadel of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition. Fadel chairs the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab region. She earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she participated in and was among the winners of the MIT $100K Business Plan Competition.

“Dubai serves as a prime location for start-up ventures and opportunities for innovation in the Middle East,” said Daniel Martin Katz, assistant professor of law and co-director of the ReInvent Law laboratory. “We will discuss a range of topics, including new markets for legal services, new roles for technology advances online and in the cloud, new media and new spaces, technology and big data, and the challenges for innovation in law and technology.”

Current confirmed speakers include:

  • Osama Abu-Dehays, Bird & Bird
  • Omar Christidis, ArabNet
  • Cara Dwyer, Eversheds
  • Christopher Grout, Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre
  • Hussain Hadi, LexisNexis
  • Yousef Hamza, Envestors
  • Silvia Hodges, TyMetrix
  • James Peters, LegalZoom
  • Musthafa Zafeer, Musthafa & Almana
  • Rany Sader, Sader & Associates
  • Daniel Martin Katz, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Karnig Kerkonian, Mobilex Exchange
  • Renee Newman Knake, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Geoff Wild, Kent County Council
  • Lisa Webley, University of Westminster
  • Mahmoud Abu-Wardeh,

The conference builds on the success of a similar event held in London, England, in late June 2012. Along with Michigan State Law and its new ReInvent Law laboratory, the event is made possible with support from the Musthafa & Almana Law Firm. Katz and Knake organized the event, together with MSU Law Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Sammy Mansour.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. Its ReInvent Law laboratory strives to cultivate a community of innovation and entrepreneurship in the delivery of legal services. Visit to learn more about MSU Law’s LL.M. and M.J. degree programs in Dubai, which allow students to earn an advanced degree in as little as two years of part-time study at MSU Dubai’s Knowledge Village campus.


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648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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