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ABA Smart Cities Conference


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February 22, 2019 | Beus Center for Law and Society | 111 E. Taylor Street Phoenix AZ |

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Innovation and technology are rapidly shaping our cities and regions. How are urban areas using artificial intelligence (AI) and CleanTech to make their communities more livable, healthier, cleaner, and productive? And what are the legal issues that Smart Cities need to be smart about?

Join us for this important, first-of-its-kind conference on “Smart Cities,” sponsored by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the American Bar Association’s Section of Science & Technology Law.

  • Find out how forward-thinking local and regional governments are using AI and smart technologies to improve transportation and public services, enhance livability, and become more sustainable.
  •  Learn about legal issues arising from AI in urban environments.
  • Discover how sports facilities, college campuses, and other buildings are using smart technologies to improve customer experience, transportation, and safety..
  • Understand the importance of cybersecurity in smart cities and structures
  • See how major technology companies are helping cities and regions deploy cutting edge technologies, including AI and cleantech, to develop and improve smart cities and regions.
  • Obtain CLE credit as experts discuss the most important legal issues affecting smart cities


8:00-8:10         Welcome remarks: Bob Carlson, President, American Bar Association

8:10-8:30         Keynote Address: Bill Gates, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

8:30-9:45         Smart Cities – What’s Happening Now

Smart cities have emerged as a vital way for metropolitan areas to use modern technology to accommodate congestion and the demand for public services.  Learn about the cutting edge trends that smart metropolitan areas, including the Phoenix area, are implementing today.

  • Moderator: Di Bowman, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law
  • Dominic Papa, Institute for Digital Progress
  • ASU Professor: Professor Erik Johnston, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

9:45-11:00       Smart Transportation and CleanTech

Clean technologies can work with smart transportation systems to allow people to move through metropolitan areas efficiently, economically, and in environmentally sensitive ways.  See what legal issues cities and businesses are facing as they build modern transportation systems, and what they are doing about them.

  • Moderator: Lois Mermelstein, Law Offices of Lois D. Mermelstein
  • Mike Widener, Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C.
  • Lina Karam, ASU Engineering, School of Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
  • Greg Rodriguez, Best Best & Krieger
  • Monica Barone, Qualcomm

11:00-11:15    Break

11:15-12:30     Smart Construction: Buildings, Stadiums, and Campuses

Smart technologies make new buildings energy efficient and user friendly, but have their own set of legal issues.  Learn what major institutions, such as Arizona State University and the Chicago White Sox, learned as they built smart buildings and stadiums.

  • Moderator: Matt Henshon
  • Chris Richardson, Deputy CIO – IT Development, Arizona State University
  • Adam Klein, Katten Muchin (Chicago)

12:30-1:30       Lunch & Speaker: Tbd

1:30-2:45         Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in Smart Cities

Smart cities operate on data, much of which is very personal in nature.  Find out what privacy issues are posed by the implementation of smart technologies, what security risks they present, and what legal requirements govern securing that data.

  • Moderator: William Baker, Potomac Law Group
  • Kristin Madigan, Crowell & Moring
  • Jamie Winterton, Director of Strategy for ASU’s Global Security Initiative
  • Hoyt Kesterson, Terre Verde
  • Professor Gary Marchant, ASU

2:45-3:00         Break

3:00-4:15         What Next (Planning Goals, AI, and Big Data)?

Leading cities have already made major strides in implementing smart technology, but what is coming next.  Government officials and industry representatives discuss the next phase of smart cities, and what legal issues will likely dominate in the years to come.

  • Moderator: Josh Abbott, Arizona State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation
  • Matt Arvay, City of Phoenix CIO
  • Representative David Schweikert [invited]
  • K Royal, TrustArc
  • Professor Katina Michael, ASU


The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement  This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.


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