MSU Law’s Center for Law, Technology & Innovation Under New Interim Leadership

Dennis Kennedy will lead MSU College of Law’s Center for Law, Technology & Innovation (CLTI) as its interim director.

Professor Kennedy has been a member of the faculty at MSU Law since 2018, serving as an adjunct professor of law covering topics such as entrepreneurial law, technology, and legal service delivery.

His appointment follows the departure of the previous director, Carla Reyes, in 2020 who led the Center during her time as a professor of law at MSU. The Center’s mission is to develop ways to bring the law to everyone through the work accomplished by law students and other academics in its three complementary arms: the LegalRnD Lab, the Innovation Hub, and the Emerging Technology Research Node.

Professor Kennedy’s vision for the Center moving forward is to build upon the groundwork of his predecessors and to continue the legacy of a program that he’s admired since before he joined the faculty.

“I want to maintain the momentum of what’s been created because this program is so highly respected and well known,” Professor Kennedy said. “Looking forward, I want to continue to raise the bar on performance and increase the CLTI’s visibility, so that any conversation about programs in innovation or technology in law must include Michigan State.”

The CLTI was founded at MSU nearly a decade ago as the ReInvent Law Program (later renamed Legal RnD) and since its inception it has been enriched by hundreds of alumni who are contributing scholars in the fields of intellectual property and legal technology today.

Professor Kennedy is eager to continue investing in the Center via the creative alumni and students who are essential to its history and future success. “Thanks to the experiences we are able to offer, our students who emerge from this program are often already known in the legal community and go on to have exciting careers in law, sometimes in areas that haven’t existed before. They’re great ambassadors for Michigan State. Continuing the engagement with current students and alumni is critical to the success of the CLTI.”

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