Friday, June 29, 2018

Cleveland-Marshall launches new "tech lab" to teach students, alumns, and lawyers about blockchain and artificial intelligence


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law launches tech lab, offers courses on blockchain, artificial intelligence


Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law opened a new technology lab on Wednesday which looks to educate students, alumni and lawyers on new concepts like blockchain and artificial intelligence. 


Beginning this school year, the center -- dubbed the C|M|LAW Tech Lab -- will launch the only law-school based interdisciplinary Cybersecurity and Data Privacy certificate, and a new C|M|LAW Tech certificate. 


Officials hope that the lab can provide new opportunities for lawyers to become familiar with different technologies and how they can use them in their practice.


Staying in step with new tech can be difficult for law professionals; The American Bar Association has different publications and a whole section of their website dedicated to resources for it.


Dean Lee Fisher did not immediately return call for comment.


The lab, housed in the law school's library, was created in partnership with Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (TCDI), a legal services software company headquartered in North Carolina.


"This unique on-campus program will help train the next generation of legal professionals and provide our clients with an alternative to costly services including document review, exhibits coding and legal research," said CEO Bill Johnson. 


The lab will also offer: 


  • A "Distinguished Technologist-in-Residence" program
  • The eDiscovery Online Professional Certificate Program, one of the first targeted at the growing field of legal support professionals
  • A "Continuing Legal Education" series with programs on current technology topics including cybersecurity, blockchain and the "Internet of Things," which refers to devices wirelessly connected that send data to one another
  • New courses in artificial intelligence, privacy law and management, blockchain and legal technology entrepreneurship

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