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MSU College of Law

February 28, 2013

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Michigan State Law Hosts Silicon Valley Conference on Legal Technology and Entrepreneurship

Michigan State University College of Law welcomes legal professionals, students, entrepreneurs, scholars, and technology experts from around the globe to examine the future of technology in legal practice. ReInvent Law Silicon Valley will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on March 8, 2013.

The event is one in a series of conferences hosted by Michigan State Law devoted to technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the legal services industry. Attendees will discuss a wide range of topics, including new markets for legal services, new roles for technology, advances online and in the cloud, new media and new spaces, law and technology meets big data, and the challenges for innovation in law and technology.

“Attendees will benefit from hearing leaders in the fields of law, technology, and entrepreneurship address new ways of delivering legal services,” said Renee Newman Knake, associate professor of law and co-director of MSU Law’s ReInvent Law Laboratory. “Chief executives from many leading legal startups and informatics companies, leaders from large and small firms, and representatives from new alternative legal service delivery firms are confirmed to speak.”

“The conference builds on the success of similar events MSU Law has hosted in London and Dubai,” said Daniel Martin Katz, assistant professor of law and co-director of the ReInvent Law Laboratory. “Attendees will cultivate new networks and explore collaborations while hearing about innovative methods for the delivery of legal services through technology, design, and delivery.”

Professors Katz and Knake organized the event, with support from MSU Law, the ReInvent Law Laboratory, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Attendance is free, but seating is limited. Register online at

Confirmed speakers include:

  • David Estrada, Google
  • Josh Becker, Lex Machina
  • James Peters, LegalZoom
  • Raj Abhyanker, LegalForce
  • The Honorable Ann Aiken, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • William D. Henderson, Lawyer Metrics
  • Renee Newman Knake, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Andy Daws, Riverview Law
  • Timothy J. Stanley,
  • Nicole Auerbach, Valorem Law Group
  • Karnig Kerkonian, Mobilex Solutions
  • Silvia Hodges, TyMetrix
  • Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group
  • Ed Walters, Fastcase
  • Deven Desai, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Henry Jones, Axiom
  • John E. Murdock III, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
  • Josh Blackman, The Harlan Institute
  • Sol Irvine, Yuson and Irvine
  • Kingsley Martin, kiiac
  • Alex Hamilton, Radiant Law
  • Stephanie Kimbro, Burton Law
  • Chris Stone, EPIC Ventures
  • Daniel Martin Katz, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Sean McGrath, Propylon
  • Michael Bommarito, Bommarito Consulting
  • Ron Dolin, Stanford Law School
  • Richard Granat, Direct Law

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.


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