Spring 2016: The Transformation of Transportation

Hosted by Michigan State University Professor Nicholas Wittner, this symposium discussed the legal issues, including liability, privacy, and regulation, involved with vehicle-to-vehicle safety communications and autonomous vehicle technology. This exciting symposium merged new vehicle technology and legal implications, bringing together great minds from the legal field and auto industry to discuss the current issues.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 7, 2016

12:30 p.m. Lunch & Welcoming Remarks

Dean Joan Howarth, Dean & Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

1:00 p.m. Technology

Mr. John Maddox, Director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Dr. Fred Sejalon, Engineering Manager, Robert Bosch LLC

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Google Car

Mr. Thomas Lue, Legal Counsel, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects Group and Google [x] & Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School

2:50 p.m. Keynote Address

Professor Bryant Walker-Smith, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law & Chair of the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies

3:20 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Regulatory Challenges

Director Kirk T. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation

Mr. Stephen Wood, General Counsel, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

4:30 p.m. Automaker Perspectives

Ms. Emily Frascaroli, Counsel, Ford Motor Company & Lecturer, University of Michigan Law School

6:00 p.m. Speakers’ Dinner at the Marriott, sponsored by Dykema

Detroit-born Dykema has been partnering with our automotive industry clients since the first automobiles rolled off the Motor City's assembly lines. With decades of industry experience, Dykema fields one of the most extensive automotive-related legal practices in the United States. With more than 100 professionals with industry-related experience, Dykema's Automotive Industry Group anticipates the needs of our clients as they embark on the transformation of transportation. Exceptional Service. Dykema delivers. www.dykema.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

8:30 a.m. Ethics, Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Criminal Law

Professor Dorothy Glancy, Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law

Professor Frank Douma, Director, State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Insurance Liability

Professor Robert W. Peterson, Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law

Mr. Mike Scrudato, Senior Vice President & Strategic Innovation Leader, Munich Re

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Product Liability

Professor Nicholas J. WittnerProfessor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law

Mr. Paul Laurenza, Office Managing Member, Dykema

1:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks & Lunch

Professor Nicholas J. Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law