A Roadmap for Law School Modernity: Teaching Technology Competence

St. Thomas Law Journal Fall Symposium.

Date & Time:

Friday, November 4, 2022
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM



University of St. Thomas School of Law
Moot Court Room

In 2012 something occurred that some have described as “a sea change in the legal profession.” In that year the American Bar Association approved a change to Model Rule 1.1 by adding Comment 8 which, some have written, “make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in law and its practice, but also in technology.” In the ensuing ten years, forty states have adopted the “duty of technology competence.”

But now, a decade since the duty was introduced and more than two decades into the 21st century, why are lawyers struggling with technology competence?

At the core of this conundrum is the need for law students to gain technology competence. Law Schools are well positioned to embrace teaching technology competence but must overcome resistance to curriculum change and tradition. In addition, it also incumbent on the bar to clarify what is meant by technology competence.

The Fall Symposium of the University of St. Thomas Law Journal seeks to provide a Roadmap for Law Schools to develop technology competent lawyers. The Symposium speakers will help craft the Roadmap and describe major steps that Law Schools can adopt to achieve the goal. The focus will be on explaining what needs to transpire to increase law school administration and faculty awareness that legal technology is a real path for future opportunities and employment. Included in this discussion will be practical steps practicing attorneys can take to assist law schools to achieve this desired outcome.


  • Kathleen Brown, Associate Dean for Information Resources at Charleston School of Law
  • Jessica de Perio Wittman, Director of the Law Library, Associate Professor of Law, and Cornelius J. Scanlon Scholar at the University of Connecticut School of Law


  • Ashley Arrington, Associate Librarian of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Artie Berns, Head of Public Services and an Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Illinois School of Law
  • Eliza Boles, Assistant professor and digital resources librarian at the University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Jennifer Brobst, Assistant Professor at Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at The University of Memphis in Tennessee
  • Justice (ret.) John Browning, Partner, Spencer Fane LLP
  • Amy Emerson, Assistant Dean for Library and Information Services and Associate Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Iantha Haight, Electronic Resources & Research Librarian at BYU Law School’s Howard W. Hunter Law Library
  • Peter Hook, Associate Director for Faculty Services, Instruction, and Outreach at the Kresge Law Library of the University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Michelle Hook Dewey, Legal Technologies Librarian at Georgia State College of Law
  • Korin Munsterman, Professor of Practice and director of the Legal Education Technology program at UNT Dallas College of Law
  • Kris Niedringhaus, Associate Dean for Library, Information Services, Legal Technology & Innovation and the Faculty Director of the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative at Georgia State University College of Law
  • Beth Parker, Associate Dean for Information Services, Director of the Law Library, and Asst. Professor of Law at the Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • Patrick Parsons, Associate Director for Legal Technology & Innovation and Executive Director of the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative (LAII) at the Georgia State College of Law
  • Stacey Rowland, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and the Assistant Director for Collection & Technology Services at the University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Jacob Sayward, Director for Collections, Faculty & Scholarly Services at Cornell Law Library and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School
  • Drew Simshaw, Assistant Professor at the Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Jenny Wondracek, Director of the Law Library and a Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Capital University Law School

Panels will be introduced by Damien Riehl, Vice President of Litigation Workflow and Analytics Content at Fastcase.

This event has been approved for 6.0 standard CLE credits.



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