Legal Tech's Transformation of the Practice of Law

Approved for 1.5 CLE credits

Technology is transforming what it means to be a lawyer. It has touched nearly every aspect of the practice. But with that transformation comes a lot of hype. Every firm and service provider seems to boast some sort of revolutionary tech tool for lawyers and others in the legal field.

This panel is an attempt to cut through that hype and answer the questions: How is technology actually changing the day-to-day practice for most lawyers today? How can we expect the nuts and bolts to change in the near future? And what technology skills and tools should we be investing our time in?

Our panelists represent diverse views on this topic from several angles. We will be welcoming legal tech thought leaders from international law firms, a CEO of a legal tech company, an innovation expert from one of the biggest e-discovery companies in the world, and a judge interested in the court's perspective on legal tech. The panel will be moderated by Professor Joe Regalia

This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about legal tech or how technology and innovation can help you be a better lawyer. Click here to register.


Professor Joe Regalia's research and teaching focuses on legal writing, persuasion science, technology and innovation, environmental law, and insurance law. Joe is currently developing a pilot project in partnership with leading legal tech and innovation experts across the globe. The project aims to train law students and lawyers how to leverage cutting-edge technology and innovation in their practice. Joe also founded and runs the Pro Se Bootcamp, a project that trains pro se litigants how to navigate the legal system. Joe graduated first in his class at the University of Michigan Law School. He went on to clerk for the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before joining the faculty at Boyd, Joe practiced at the international firms of Wilson Sonsini, Sidley Austin, and King & Spalding. He also taught at Loyola University Law School Chicago and the John Marshal Law School. Joe frequently consults for law firms, courts, agencies, nonprofits, corporations, and other organizations on legal writing and technology. He is also a contributing editor at the Law Profs Blog, where his running column on legal writing has received several awards and consistently ranks as one of the top-read columns. Joe holds positions in each of the legal writing organizations, including the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and the Legal Writing Section of A.A.L.S. His work has been featured in publications like the Kentucky Law Journal, the New Mexico Law Review, the University of Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and others. 


Speakers and Panelists

Lori Gonzalez is legal tech lover, process nerd and promotor of access to justice--as well as recently named a 2020 Women of Legal Tech Honoree by the ABA. Lori founded The RayNa Corporation, a company designed to assist lawyers with finding lost time – both efficiency and true work-life balance. She focuses her energy on testing, using and improving legal tech, as well as, process and efficiency improvement. She is a frequent speaker at state and local bar associations, presents at national conferences and facilitates staff trainings for firms. Her service includes the Tennessee Access for Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Committee, an organizer of the Music City Legal Hackers and a subject matter expert for the Nashville chapter of SCORE. Her most recent service includes creating new tools for A2J needs with Code for America’s Nashville brigade and serving on the State Bar of California’s Access Through Innovation of Legal Services Task Force.  

​​​Caroline Hall is the client advocacy manager at DISCO, a leader in legal technology. She serves as an evangelist for DISCO’s products and services and works closely with clients to ensure that they achieve the highest levels of success and delight with their technology investments. Earning her BA in Philosophy from the University of Texas inspired an existential crisis that led her to Baylor Law School, where she earned her [more useful] JD. After practicing construction litigation at a boutique construction law firm, Hall took her frustration with the inefficiencies and bad technology common in the legal field and came to DISCO to focus on developing better products and services to improve the practice of law [and to make lawyers’ lives easier!] Hall is active in her community, where she serves on the Austin Baylor Lawyer Alumni Association Steering Committee and is involved with the Texas Minority Counsel Program, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, Women in Ediscovery, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Rose Hunter Jones is King & Spalding’s Global Director of e-Discovery Project Management and Technology and co-leads the firm’s Discovery Center.  Ms. Jones practice focuses on e-discovery with particular expertise in global e-discovery protocol development and implementation, international e-discovery issue counseling and guidance on selection and implementation of e-discovery technology.  Rose has extensive experience representing clients as the lead e-Discovery lawyer in complex investigations and litigations and serving as global eDiscovery counsel for clients providing strategic advice and oversight on all investigations and litigations.  She is a faculty member for the EDI/Duke Law Advanced e-Discovery course.  She is a frequent speaker and author, including co-authoring a chapter, “Predictive Coding from the Defense Perspective:  Issues and Challenges, for a 2016 ABA book on predictive coding titled Perspectives on Predictive Coding and Other Advanced Search Methods for the Legal Practitioner.   See…. Rose is active in the Sedona Conference serving as Committee Chair of WG6 Technology Committee and as a committee member and faculty advisor for the e-Discovery Negotiation Training Program.  

Liv Kiser is a trial lawyer resident in Los Angeles and Chicago who defends companies in enterprising-threatening litigation.  She and her teams use a variety of legal technology tools to gain efficiencies, identify winning and cost-effective strategies and advise clients on how best to achieve desired outcomes.  She is a member of the federal trial bar and admitted to practice in Illinois and California and before many federal courts and courts of appeal, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  Prior to attending law school, she implemented Unix-based electronic healthcare and billing record systems in medical offices and hospitals.  She heads King & Spalding’s Trial and Global Disputes practice in Chicago and handles all types of consumer litigation, including claims arising from data privacy, ransomware, consumer fraud, products liability and economic product defect proposed class actions, mass torts and other viral litigation.  

Judge Michael P. Villani was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada in April 2007.  Judge Villani received a B.A. in Psychology, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1979.  Thereafter, he attended California Western School of Law and graduated in 1982.  Following law school Judge Villani was a Deputy District Attorney and upon leaving the District Attorney’s office he entered into private practice handling both civil and criminal cases.  While in private practice Judge Villani was appointed to be an Alternate Municipal Court Judge, Justice of the Peace Pro Tem, Small Claims Court Judge and Certified Court Arbitrator.  Also, while in private practice he was appointed by the State Bar of Nevada to the Fee Dispute Committee and Disciplinary Board.  Upon taking the Bench Judge Villani has twice served as a Group Facilitator/Leader for the National Judicial College General Jurisdiction course for new judges.  He has served in the same position for their courses in Advanced Ethics For Judges and Advanced Search and Seizure Law.  Judge Villani has been on the Court’s Executive Committee for the last three years.  Presently, Judge Villani is the Criminal Presiding Judge.  Judge Villani lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, children and grandchildren.

March 9, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
BSL Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility