April 2019

ICC West Coast Conference

April 29, 2019

San Francisco, CA, USA

Save the date for ICC’s annual West Coast programme in San Francisco to discuss recent developments in international arbitration.

SVAMC’s First Annual All-Member Meeting

April 30, 2019

235 Montgomery St., 17th fl., San Francisco, CA

The first annual SVAMC All-Members Meeting will be held in San Francisco on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Registration for the program is complimentary.
The All-Members Meeting will take place from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Farella Braun + Martel at 235 Montgomery Street, 17th Fl., San Francisco. Rod Thompson will be our host for the meeting.

 The All-Members Meeting will feature three panels on the following topics:

    1. Third Party Funding Comes to Tech Arbitration and Mediation
    1. Technology in Arbitration and Arbitration in Technology- New perspectives
  1. Smarter, Faster, and Cheaper- Can You Get All Three in Tech Arbitration?

Confirmed speakers include:

Steve Andersen- Vice President, ICDR
Alexa Austin- Corporate Counsel, AMN Healthcare
Gary Benton- SVAMC
James Blick- Director, Head of US Operations, The Judge Global
Paul Cohen- SVAMC
Steve Gilbert- SVAMC
Jan Martinez- Faculty Director, Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program, Stanford Law School
Claire Morel de Westgaver, Senior Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Kathleen Paisley- Partner, Ambos Law, Brussels
Sarah Reynolds- SVAMC
Victoria Sahini- Associate Professor of Law, ASU, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Liz Snodgrass- Partner, Three Crowns, Washington DC
Yarko Sochynsky- SVAMC

Rod Thompson- SVAMC

Please register your attendance to the meeting with amy@svamc.org.

May 2019

CLA International Commercial Arbitration Academy

May 29, 2019
Live in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Telecast in San Francisco, CA, USA

Sponsored by SVAMC, the California Lawyers Association (CLA) is hosting a program live in Los Angeles, CA, or via telecast in San Francisco, CA, on May 29, 2019. The program includes two panels:

  1. Strategic Guide to International Commercial Arbitration Agreements
  2. Effective Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration

Tech List presenters include Gary Benton, Grant Kim, and Barbara Reeves.

June 2019

2019 San Francisco Summit

June 28, 2019
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco
Union Square 335 Powell St- San Francisco, CA, USA

October 2019

ITechLaw Conference

October 30, 2019- November 1, 2019
Ireland, Dublin

Building on the great success at the 2018 European Conference in Milan, we invite you to submit proposals to speak the 2019 European Conference in Dublin, Ireland. This conference boasts attendees from more than 40 countries and a forward-looking conversation on the most cutting-edge legal tech topics. Speaking at an ITechLaw conference is an honor, and the conference planning committee carefully considers all proposals to select the best for this year’s conference. Please see topics below and consider proposing in one of these main areas.


  1. Artificial Intelligence Topic Themes: To highlight current developments and innovation in AI across a range of sectors including financial services and healthcare and to examine the legal and ethical challenges of commercialising and using AI.
  2. BlockchainTopic Themes: Blockchain touches every country and provides an opportunity for a very global comparative discussion on how it can deliver commercial benefits and what regulatory or risk considerations are impeding adoption of blockchain.
  3. Data Protection (a)Topic Themes: How international political developments (including Brexit) and increased regulatory intervention and powers are influencing corporate decision making in relation to data protection compliance.
  4. Data Protection (b)Topic Themes: Comparative analysis of regulatory enforcement trends and developments.
  5. Legal Tech Topic Themes: How technological innovation is shaping the legal services market, new legal tech solutions, examples of successful legal service delivery transformation, and the challenges law firms face in procuring and getting value from new Legal Tech solutions.
  6. FinTech Topic Themes: The evolution of FinTech start-ups, trends in relation to collaboration with established FS institutions, and a comparative analysis for regulatory trends in fintech, particularly those to stimulate FinTech innovation.
  7. Trends in Technology Sourcing Topic Themes: The commoditization of technology lowers cost but doesn’t necessary reduce risk or regulatory requirements in relation to contracting. What is trending in smart sourcing and risk management, including a comparative analysis of regulatory perspectives and consequences of big IT failures and practical lessons to learn from such failures.
  8. Cybersecurity Topic Themes: An examination of the increasing proliferation of cyber-security breaches and their sophisticated nature, and how companies can manage these risks and the related regulatory burdens.
  9. Government Cybersecurity Topic Themes: What are governments doing to manage cyber risks to key services and infrastructure including a review of EU NIS Directive.
  10. IP Dispute Resolution Topic Themes: Selecting the right forum and recent trends in IP dispute resolution.
  11. eSports/gaming Topic Themes: Examining legal developments and frameworks for supporting eSports and gaming.
  12. eMobility  Topic Themes: From e-scooters to autonomous vehicles: exploring the novel and complex issues emerging.
  13. Government Agencies Access to Data Topic Themes: Reconciling the desire for governments to access personal data held by companies including tech companies with individuals’ rights to privacy and data protection: where is the line drawn?
  14. Digital Transformation Topic Themes: A cross-sector analysis of digital transformation, case studies of successful digital transformation projects and how new legislative developments e.g. the EU Digital Single Market are shaping such projects.
  15. Export Control Topic Themes: When are software and hardware capable of military applications? Analysis of emerging trends in export control of dual use technologies.

Deadline to submit papers is February 8.

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