Emerging Technologies: A Primer

Friday, February 1, 2019

11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Overview of Workshop

As the use of technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things rapidly become ubiquitous in modern life, judges will be, and in fact already are, called upon to answer challenging questions about whether, and how, the legal system can accommodate these new technologies.  Not only that, but as courts begin to use technology enabled tools, they will also have to consider the risks imposed by using such tools.  This webinar is designed as a primer to introduce (1) what these emerging technologies are and the basics of how they work, and (2) how to begin thinking about the liability risks posed by the technologies, focusing on contract and tort law.

Workshop Facilitators

Fredric I. Lederer is Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology at William & Mary Law School. He received his B.S. from Polytechnic University in New York and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review and recipient of the Archie O’Dawson prize. He holds an LL.M. from the University of Virginia. His post-graduate work includes a year as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Freiburg, Germany. He served as an active duty member of the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps until 1980 when he joined the William & Mary faculty. He has served as prosecutor, defense counsel, trial judge, and law reform expert.  Professor Lederer’s areas of specialization include evidence, trial practice, criminal procedure, military law, legal technology and the legal issues related to artificial intelligence and related technologies. He was one of the founders of the ABA prize-winning Marshall-Wythe Legal Skills Program in which all students spent two years in practice (simulated) law firms in which they learned professional ethics, legal research and writing, interviewing, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and basic trial and appellate practice – much in the form of simulated client representation.   Professor Lederer is the author or co-author of twelve books, numerous articles, two law-related education television series, and is the author of a popular series of “fairy-tale” trials for elementary and middle school students.

Iria Giuffrida is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School. She received her Ph.D. and LL. B from Queen Mary, University of London, and LL.M from William & Mary Law School. She was the 2001 Draper Scholar at William & Mary Law School. Professor Giuffrida is admitted to practice in the State of New York, is a Solicitor in England and Wales, and she has also qualified as a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland.  She practiced law as a commercial litigator for nearly 10 years in the UK and abroad, and gained substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) having been involved in a number of ICC and LCIA arbitrations concerning competition law, international joint-venture disputes, energy disputes and construction law.  Prior to practicing law, Professor Giuffrida taught law in the US and in the UK, and worked for the European Ombudsman in Brussels. She worked for Dechert LLP (in the London and Brussels offices) and for Enyo Law LLP, a big-ticket specialist litigation firm in London. She teaches International Business Transactions, International Commercial Arbitration and Artificial Intelligence at William & Mary Law School.


Register for this workshop by emailing Mary Beth Poma at or by calling her at 757-221-2228. Please register by Friday, January 25, 2019.