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Challenging Traditional Legal Paradigms:
Is Technology Outpacing the Law? – March 12 & 13, 1999

Symposium Overview

The Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review is honored to have presented a timely discussion on the issue of technological innovation and the law’s responses to change. The two day symposium, “Challenging Traditional Legal Paradigms: Is Technology Outpacing the Law?”, addressed the question from the perspective of scholars, government officials, practicing attorneys and industry representatives.

Day One of the symposium examined challenges presented in the field of electronic commerce, focusing on the changes in the way money and information is exchanged in the modern era. Day Two was devoted to examining how intellectual property rights are granted and protected, how competition policy is applied to technology markets, and how well Congress copes with technological change.

Electronic Commerce

March 12, 1999

Opening Remarks – [Real Media Audio]
The Rise of Electronic Commerce – [Real Media Audio]
A presentation about the moves major companies are making online.
Jonathan Rosenoer, Director, Electronic Commerce Readiness, Arthur Andersen


Money, Markets and the Millennium – [Real Media Audio]
A roundtable discussion examining the stresses technology has placed on traditional business relations, including electronic money, online sales and the Y2K bug.
Ronald Mann, Professor, University of Michigan Law School
Michael Korybut, Lecturer, Stanford Law School
Carey Heckman, Professor, Stanford Law School
Linda Markman, Associate General Counsel, Compuware Corporation


Security, Standards and Privacy Protection – [Real Media Audio]
Panel discussion concerning barriers to electronic commerce including online security, content standards and the protection of personal information.
Paul Killey, Director of the Computer Aided Engineering Network (CAEN), University of Michigan College of Engineering
Paul Resnick, Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
Virginia Rezmierski, Director, Office of Policy Development and Education, University of Michigan

Intellectual Property and Antitrust

March 13, 1999

Property Rights in the Frontiers of Technology – [Real Media Audio]
An examination of the policy, structure and financing of intellectual property in high technology markets
David Brophy, Director of the Office for the Study of Private Equity Finance and Associate Professor of Finance, University of Michigan Business School
Marshall Van Alstyne, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
Marc Pearl, General Counsel, Information Technology Association of America
David Haarz, Partner, Dickinson Wright PLLC


Interface of Antitrust Analysis and Software Protection – [Real Media Audio]
An examination of two established bodies of law: intellectual property and antitrust, their interaction, and an analysis of their application to the software industry
Jack Brown, Founding Partner, Brown & Bain


How Well Does Congress Deal with Technology? – [Real Media Audio]
Discussion examining the ability of Congress to gather current, accurate and complete information, then deliberate and legislate on technology issues.
Julian Epstein, Minority Chief Counsel, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives
Hon. Louis Frey, Jr., Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed
Carey Heckman, Professor, Stanford Law School


Market Power and Competition in the Information Age – [Real Media Audio]
Panelists discuss antitrust analysis in technology markets from two perspectives: the companies of that market, and  the government agencies that oversee them.
Mary L. Azcuenega, Shareholder, Heller, Ehrman, White & McAullife
Mark Ostrau, Partner, Fenwick & West
David Butz, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Business School


The University of Michigan Law School
The University of Michigan School of Information

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Privacy, Technology and the Law
Saturday, February 21, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Symposium Program

Symposium Speakers

  • Shaun Spencer
  • Alan Rubel
  • J. Alex Halderman
  • Dennis D. Hirsch
  • Joel Reidenberg
  • Jonathon Penney
  • Colin Bennett
  • Margot Kaminski
  • Christopher Slobogin
  • Luke M. Milligan
  • Susan Freiwald
  • Ric Simmons

See the Speakers list for more details.

To Find Out More

To learn more about the symposium, please contact mttlr@umich.edu.

Symposium Schedule

  • 9:00 AM - Check-in and Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM - Panel #1: Theories of Privacy in Light of “ Big Data ”
  • 11:15 AM - Light snacks and refreshments
  • 11:30 AM - Panel #2: A Global Perspective on Technology, Privacy and the Law
  • 1:15 PM - Lunch
  • 1:45 PM - Panel #3: Technological Advances and Criminal Procedure

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