The Practice of Law in the Twenty-first Century: The Intersection of Law and Technology

Editor's note: What follows is a press release regarding the South Carolina Law Review's upcoming sympsoium on the intersection between law and technology. Technology and e-discovery are major topics in business, law and the public sector. Six U.S. judges as well as Google's head of e-discovery will participate in the SC Law Review symposium, offering media excellent reporting opportunities.


 The rate of technological innovation is accelerating, with each advance presenting new legal challenges. So why is the law often playing catch-up, and what can be done about it?

The South Carolina Law Review will explore this gap during its upcoming symposium “The Practice of Law in the 21st Century: The Intersection of Law & Technology.”  The event will take place Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1, at the University of South Carolina School of Law auditorium.

The symposium will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a keynote address by Bill Neukom, former executive vice president of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, past president of the American Bar Association and founder, president and CEO of the World Justice Project.  

Neukom will offer his insights on how the law and the legal profession can keep pace with technology, as well as share his views on the changing legal and geopolitical landscape and its impact on corporate counsel and private attorneys. He’ll also discuss the Rule of Law, a cause to which he has devoted time, energy and attention in recent years.

Friday sessions will take place 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and focus on emerging trends and technologies in electronic discovery, technology’s impact on the ethical obligations of attorneys and how the rules of evidence and civil procedure have each attempted—perhaps unsuccessfully—to keep step with recent technological advances.

The symposium features six U.S. judges and Google’s head of E-Discovery, including:

  • Joseph F. Anderson Jr., U.S. District Court Judge in South Carolina
  • Nathan Crystal, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • John Facciola, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Washington D.C.
  • Paul Grimm, U.S. District Court Judge in Maryland
  • Jack Halprin, head of E-Discovery, Google
  • Shiva Hodges, U.S. Magistrate Judge in South Carolina
  • Richard Marcus, professor, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Sarah Montgomery, senior litigation counsel for E-Discovery, U.S. Department of Justice
  • David Norton, U.S. District Court Judge in South Carolina
  • Shira Scheindlin, U.S. District Court Judge in the Southern District of New York
  • Kenneth Withers, director of judicial education, The Sedona Conference
  • Derek Witte, adjunct professor, John Marshall Law School; Of Counsel at Talcott Franklin, P.C.
  • Charles Yablon, professor, Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law

While Thursday’s opening address is free and open to the public, attendance to the Friday sessions requires registration. Admission is free for USC students and faculty. The event is approved by the S.C. Bar for 5.25 CLE credits, including 1.17 hours of ethics credit. Practitioners who register by Feb. 25 will pay $75. After this date, registration will be $100. A discounted registration is available for practicing government employees, USC Law alumni and those not seeking CLE credit.

For more information and to register online, go to  Information is also available from Kim Cochran and Jess O’Neill, symposium editors, at 803-777-5874 or via email at

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