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Law Review Symposium Panels

The University of San Francisco Law Review 2014 Symposium, Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech, and Money on Friday, Jan. 31, will explore the professional responsibility implications of attorneys using internet-enabled technology and business tools to communicate, advertise, raise funding, and conduct practice. The day’s three panels, and Keynote Address by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicographer Bryan A. Garner, will feature experts in the field discussing both pragmatic ethical considerations in using technology, as well as the jurisprudential skills attorneys must cultivate to remain competent and professionally ethical when navigating technology in the 21st Century. 

Registration  7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions  8:30 a.m.

John Trasviña, Dean, USF School of Law

Panel 1: Funding the Fight: Ethical Alternative Litigation Funding  9 a.m.

The continued intermingling of business ventures and the practice of law, the JOBS Act's third-party investment provisions, the SEC's recently released rules on crowdfunding private equity, and the potential use of online tools in raising litigation funding make this panel topic prescient in its discussion of the ethics of Alternative Litigation Funding in its evolving online context.    

Moderator: Professor Maya Steinitz, University of Iowa College of Law

Carol M. Langford, Law Office of Carol M. Langford, Walnut Creek

D. Inder Comar, Legal Director, Comar Law

Manuel Gomez, Associate Professor, Florida International University College of Law


Panel 2: Whatever the Widget: Ethical Constants in the New-Tech World  10:15 a.m.

Professors Geoffrey Hazard and Richard Zitrin join California State Bar Deputy Executive Director Robert Hawley to talk through the questions an ethics bar advisory board might encounter involving lawyers using new and emerging internet-enabled products and services, parsing and analyzing the ethical underpinnings of the factual situations, and discussing how best to navigate the grey areas. The panel will also discuss how best to cultivate reliable ethical instincts as a successful practicing attorney facing new technological resources.

Moderator: Robert Hawley, Deputy Executive Director, State Bar of California

Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Professor of Law Emeritus, UC Hasting College of the Law

Richard Zitrin, Lecturer in Law, UC Hastings College of the Law


Lunch  11:45 a.m.


Keynote Address  1 p.m.

United State Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicologist Bryan Garner will deliver the keynote address. Justice Scalia and Garner have authored several books together, including Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.


Panel 3: What Can I Say?  Borderless Communication in a Jurisdictional Profession  2:30 p.m.

Given the ease with which people can broadcast their communications over the internet, and in light of recent cases like Hunter v. VA Bar, this practical panel will focus on attorney advertising, regulated social communications, free speech, the ethical use of technology in practice, and how the current tangle of inter-jurisdictional advertising and solicitation rules might be reworked in the modern context.

Moderator: Mark L. Tuft, Partner, Cooper, White & Cooper

Bruce E.H. Johnson, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 

Charles W. Wolfram, Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor Emeritus, Cornell Law School

Stephanie L. Kimbro, M.A., J.D., Co-Director of the Center for Law Practice Technology and 

Co-Founder of Curo Legal, LLC.

Rex Perschbacher, Daniel J. Dykstra Chair in Law, UC Davis School of Law, King Hall


Law Review Reception  4 p.m.