Experts from business, government, legal practice and academia will examine autonomous technologies and the evolution of related law at the University of Virginia School of Law on April 3.

“Autonomous Technologies & the Law,” hosted by the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology and Law, Innovation, Security & Technology, will kick off at 1 p.m. with a barbecue lunch in the Purcell Reading Room.

Representatives from Amazon, General Motors, Uber, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI will offer their perspectives on how technology is shaping legal practice in fields ranging from drones to artificial intelligence.

Paul Misener, vice president of global innovation policy and communications at Amazon, will deliver the keynote address at 1 p.m. An Amazon executive for more than 18 years, and an engineer and lawyer by training, Misener will discuss how the company sustains its customer-focused innovation, and how that model can be applied in various business and legal contexts. A Q&A will follow the talk.


Wednesday, April 3

Purcell Reading Room

1 p.m.

Lunch Keynote

  • Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Innovation Policy and Communications, Amazon Inc.

2 p.m.

Panel 1: Autonomous Vehicles

  • Kenneth Abraham, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Matt Burton ’02, Legal Director of Emerging Technologies, Uber
  • Harry Lightsey, former Director of Emerging Technologies Policy, General Motors
  • Catherine McGhee, Director of Research & Innovation, Virginia Transportation Research Council

3:15 p.m.

Panel 2: Drones

  • John Gereski Jr., Counsel for Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Erin Joe, Cyber Section Chief, FBI
  • Timothy Longo Sr., former Charlottesville Chief of Police; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Greg Walden, former Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Authority; Aviation Counsel, Small UAV Coalition; Partner, McGuireWoods

4:30 p.m.

Business Ethics in AI

  • R. Edward Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; Academic Director, Institute for Business in Society

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