LSI Scholar Profile: Kaitlin DiMaggio

The Center is home to an incredible faculty and host to the top minds at the intersection of law, science, and technology. But we also attract the brightest student scholars around; you should meet them.

Kaitlin DiMaggio
Class of 2020

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University

After receiving a Master’s degree in Counseling and obtaining a license to practice therapy, Kaitlin worked as a group and individuals therapist for several years, later becoming the Clinical Supervisor of an offender treatment program and a Program Manager for a government contract. She left counseling to pursue criminal law in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama, in which the Court held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders.

Personal and professional experience with adolescent offenders inspired Kaitlin’s career change and fueled her desire to become active in the legal movement to protect the rights of those enmeshed in the criminal justice system. She currently interns with the Arizona Justice Project and the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. Kaitlin is passionate about the intersection of mental health and the law in addition to helping those who have been overlooked, forgotten, and underrepresented.

Fun Facts:

  • Spent a semester as a college professor and taught a Career and Personal Development course at a local community college.
  • Created a Intimate Partner Violence Prevention and Psychoeducation Program that focused on educating college students about the prevalence, appearance, and prevention of domestic violence.
  • Loves podcasts and documentaries.
Kaitlin’s Top 5 Podcasts and Documentaries:
Revisionist History

Slow Burn

Pod Save America

The Daily

Stuff You Should Know
The Staircase

Survivor's Guide to Prison


Fahrenheit 11/9

Man on Wire
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Legal Analytics and Karjala Workshop Presentations

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation recently held two deeply engaging workshops on cutting-edge issues in emerging technology, governance, and legal practice. 

First, the Third Annual Legal Analytics and Big Data Workshop was held on November 2. Big data, legal informatics, predictive analytics, and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the practice, management, and study of law. This workshop featured more than 30 experts, academics, and practitioners discussing the present and future of legal analytics. 

The following day, the Center held the First Annual Dennis Karjala Memorial Workshop. This workshop honors passionate scholar and longtime member and friend of the Center, Professor Dennis Karjala. The Karjala Workshop will feature discussions on cutting-edge issues in innovation governance and emerging technology. This year’s theme was Blockchain in the Courts.

Presentation materials from those workshops will be posted here. New and updated materials will appear here as they become available.

Legal Analytics and Big Data

Legal Analytics: Where Are We Now?
– Gary Marchant, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
– Josh Covey, Quarles & Brady

Five Years of CAL. A Look at the Case Studies and What They Tell Us About Machine Learning for Document Investigations
– John Tredennick, Catalyst Repository Systems

Applying Vector-Based Text Analytics to Legislative Enactments
– Oliver Goodenough, University of Vermont Law School

Algorithms and Bias
– Yvonne Stevens, Arizona State University

AI and Arbitration (plus bit of blockchain)
– Mary Juetten, TrakLight

Collaborating Across Boundaries with Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Emerging Technologies
– Shawnna M. Hoffman-Childress, IBM Watson AI & Quantum Computing

Court Data Analytics: Public and Private Sector Perspectives
– Anne Thompson, Thomson Reuters
– Paul Embley, National Center for State Courts
– Diana Graski, National Center for State Courts

Blockchain in A2J: Global Access and You
– Aileen Schultz, Global Legal Hackathon


Blockchain in the Courts

Blockchain in Government: A Key Tool to Prevent Cyber Threats
– John Zanni, President, Acronis

Presentation Title TBA
– David Berger, CTO, Integra

Justice Use Cases for Blockchain: Opportunities and Challenges
– Paul Embley, National Center for State Courts
– Diana Graski, National Center for State Courts
– Anne Thompson, Thomson Reuters

Evidence in Smart Contract Dispute Resolution: Where Theory Meets Reality
– Carla Reyes, Michigan State University College of Law

Providing a Legal Framework for Blockchain Activities – and a Blockchain Framework for Legal Activities
– Oliver Goodenough, University of Vermont Law School

Admissibility of Blockchain Evidence
– Gary Marchant, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
– Grant Autrey, JD Candidate, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

“Discovering” Blockchain Evidence
– Antigone Peyton, Protorae Law PLLC

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Marchant Attends World Economic Forum Meeting in Dubai

The World Economic Forum is hosting the Annual Meeting of its Global Future Councils in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Councils are a network of more than 600 of the world’s leading minds from academia, government, business, and civil society. Participants meet to collaborate on long-term approaches to important global challenges and the impact of emerging technologies.

Faculty Director Gary Marchant is a member of the Global Future Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation. This Council builds consensus on best practices for technological development with collaboration among enterprise, policymakers, and social leaders.

A number of the large group sessions and presentations from the Annual Meeting are available on the World Economic Forum’s website.

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ASU College of Law Ranks 3rd for Legal Technology Education

The National Jurist magazine recently ranked the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law as the 3rd best law school for legal technology in the nation.

Emerging technologies are changing the face of business, regulation, and individual rights. The legal profession has to keep up. The National Jurist narrowed the law school field to 30 schools and looked at how their programs and curricula addressed the latest technology and prepared students to tackle real-world legal problems.

The magazine identifies the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law as one of the earliest adopters of technology-focused legal education. The Center for Law, Science and Innovation was founded in 1983 and had helped grow the law school’s science and technology offerings to more than 50 courses.

“Every company in this country is now a technology company,” said Faculty Director Gary Marchant. “The lawyers who represent, sue or counsel such companies must also be proficient in technology. Law schools need to step up their game and train law students who can succeed and provide value to firms and clients on day one in this technology-based world.”

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The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future with Andrew Maynard

Faculty Fellow Andrew Maynard is interested in what science fiction movies can tell us about technology and society. His new book – Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies – is out November 15.

Using popular movies to discuss emerging technologies and what they mean for our future, the book tackles many not-so-far-fetched technologies including: human cloning, predictive policing, enhanced intelligence, genetic manipulation, and more.

Professor Maynard is also hosting an evening at the movies. Join Professor Maynard at the Alamo Drafthouse Tempe as he discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies accompanied by clips from popular science fiction films. Sounds like a fun night out!

The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future with Dr. Andrew Maynard
     Where: Alamo Drafthouse Tempe
     When: November 27 | 6:30 pm
     How: Get Tickets Now

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Call for Abstracts: Seventh Annual GETS Conference

The Seventh Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS) will be held at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on May 22-24, 2019. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience for various emerging technologies.

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social, and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to):

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Nanotechnology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Gene Editing
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Digital Health
  • Geoengineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Robots
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Data Analytics
  • Telecommunications
  • Information Technologies
  • Surveillance Technologies
  • Technology and Privacy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Military Technologies
  • Algorithms
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Human Enhancement

We are currently accepting abstracts for proposed presentations. Those submitting abstracts need not provide a written paper, although provision will be made for posting and possible post-conference publication of papers for those who are interested.

Abstracts are invited for any aspect or topic relating to the governance of emerging technologies, including any of the technologies listed above.

Submit Your Abstract

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must contain your name and email address. The sponsors will pay for the conference registration (including all conference meals and events) for one presenter for each accepted abstract. In addition, we will have limited funds available for travel subsidies (application included in submission form).

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LSI Scholar Profile: Steven Laxton

The Center is home to an incredible faculty and host to the top minds at the intersection of law, science, and technology. But we also attract the brightest student scholars around; you should meet them.

Steven Laxton
Class of 2020

Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas

Education: B.S. and M.Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M

Laxton earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering at Texas A&M, where he researched photonic integrated circuits. His engineering work on optical amplifiers has been published by SPIE, The International Society for Optics and Photonics. Laxton is currently studying intellectual property law, with a focus in patent law. He serves as an editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, works in the Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic, and is an intern at The Noblitt Group, PLLC. After graduation, Laxton plans to work at firm doing patent prosecution and litigation.

Fun Facts: 

  • Department of Defense funded his grad school photonics research.
  • Loves to cook, especially low carb recipes.
  • Favorite movies include Starship Troopers and anything with Jack Nicholson.
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