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June 04, 2021

Innovation and Technology Law Conference

9:00 a.m.  -  4:00 p.m.

Seattle University School of Law will host a virtual event for lawyers, students, policymakers, and innovators: the 4th annual Innovation and Technology Law Conference. This year's theme is "Innovating for the Social Good." The event is co-sponsored by the Seattle Journal of Technology, Environmental and Innovation Law (SJTEIL), which hopes to publish some of the proceedings.

All lawyers interested in access and equity issues, as well as those specifically working with clients in areas such as financial and health services, will benefit from attending and hearing from local and national thinkers and doers. Register here.

This year's conference highlights three access barriers fundamental in law and society — access to legal services (and more generally, justice), access to health and health care, and access to financial services for the unbanked or underbanked.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Utah's access to justice oriented reforms, to be addressed by Anna Carpenter, director of the Justice Lab at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • The Arizona model of tiered legal services in the nonprofit /social service sector through licensed paraprofessionals, discussed by Stacy Butler, director of the Innovation for Justice Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rodgers College of Law
  • Miguel Willis '17, Innovator in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law, where he runs the Access to Justice Tech Fellows program, will address the technology side of providing legal services to the underserved
  • Michael Cherry '11, chair of the WSBA Practice of Law Board, will supply a local perspective on access through online legal services.

A panel of legal experts, moderated by Dean Annette Clark '89, will discuss access to health and health care services with the discussion encompassing intellectual property constraints on global access and equity. The panel will feature noted health law expert Ana Santos Rutschman, a law professor at St. Louis University School of Law, as well as panelists addressing the Washington vaccine experience and the role of blockchain technology in vaccine distribution and tracking, and more generally the ethics and equality of vaccine distribution.

The day's final panel on access to financial services — moderated by Joseph Vincent, who recently retired from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions — will address FinTech platforms (lending, deposit, and payments) that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Speakers will include experts drawn from law and the business of launching and operating "challenger banks," their tech partners, and professional advisors, including Jonice Gray Tucker from the law firm of Buckley LLP.

The innovation conference is part of the law school's SITIE program (Summer Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship). Register here.