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California Western School of Law Hosts Symposium on AI Regulation

Mar 26 2024
Students and community members in attendance at CWSL's symposium on AI regulation.
Students and community members in attendance at CWSL's symposium on AI regulation.

SAN DIEGO (March 26, 2024) – California Western School of Law’s Law Review and International Law Journal co-hosted their annual symposium, bringing together experts across the fields of law and technology to discuss this year’s topic: “Accountable AI: The Responsible Governance of AI and Emerging Technologies.” The symposium was intended to address the nexus of law, technology, and evolving global regulations on artificial intelligence.

The symposium featured two keynote speakers. First, Scott Colesanti, professor at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, who discussed his most recent research into the possible impact of AI on securities law and insider trading cases. And Fernando Garibay, a renowned executive producer and artist at Interscope Records, who has collaborated with iconic artists such as Lady Gaga and U2, who discussed the ways AI can encourage and support creative problem-solving. 

The first panel of the day addressed AI and bias and introduced a number of methods being developed to identify and mitigate bias in AI within the framework of international law. Moderated by Shawn Fields, Associate Professor of Law at CWSL, the panelists included Cynthia Boyer, Assistant Professor of Law at INU Champollion-Framespa/Université de Toulouse; Vera Raposo, Assistant Professor of Law and Technology, Nova School of Law, in Lisbon, Portugal; and Edoardo Raffiota, Professor of Law, University of Milan, Bicocc, AI & Cybersecurity Expert, and Legal Advisor in AI Regulation.

“AI Regulation & Copyright - International Challenges” was the theme of the second panel, providing an overview of the challenges AI poses to copyright law in the international context. Moderated by CWSL’s Professor James Cooper, the panel featured Adele Barzelay, Counsel for Data and Digital Development, World Bank’s Legal Operations Unit (LEGOP); Kashyap Kompell, Founder, RPA2AI Research & AI Profs; and  Anuaragini Shirish, Professor of Management of Information Systems at the Institute Mines-Télécom Business School, France. 

The ”Cyber Security and Privacy Law” panel discussed emerging issues in this area of the law given how developments in AI are affecting the cyber landscape. Moderated by CWSL’s Brenda Simon, Professor of Law, the panelists included Justine Phillips, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Steve Millendorf, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Nick Ginger, VP and Senior Counsel, City National Bank; and Jonathan Fairtlough, Principal, Advisory, Cyber Security Services, KPMG US.

The fourth panel of the day tackled the implications of AI on legal ethics, discussing recent relevant malpractice cases and California ethics rules in accordance with Ethics CLE requirements. The discussion was moderated by Earll Pott, Shareholder at Klinedinst Attorneys. The featured panelists were David Majchrzak, Shareholder and Deputy Genera lCounsel, Klinedinst Attorneys; David King, Visiting Associate Professor of Law at CWSL; and Maresa Talbert, CWSL alumna and founding attorney at Talbert Law Office, APC.  

For the final panel, titled “eDiscovery and AI,” participants discussed the implications of recent developments in AI on eDiscovery practices and procedures. CWSL’s Professor Niels B. Schaumann moderated the panel, which featured Hon. Allison H. Goddard, Magistrate Judge of the Southern District of California; James Sherer, BakerHostetler Partner, Co-Chair Emerging Tech Team, Leader Information Governance and Artificial Intelligence Practices; and Stuart Eisler, Partner (Construction Section) and E-Discovery Counsel at Hanson Bridgett LLP; and Kevin Mokhtari, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California.