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Technology, Law, and Leadership Seminar – Fall 2021




For each class, three columns are listed. All three columns contain required reading, watching, and/or listening materials.

Each item is identified in one of three ways, to indicate how you can access it:

  • [WWW] indicates that the item is on the World Wide Web, that is, it’s free for reading and/or downloading on the open Internet. In almost every case, materials designated [WWW] below are also available as pdf documents in the TWEN site for this course.
  • [YouTube] indicates the the item is on YouTube. Each YouTube video listed below is approximately 1 hour long.
  • [Tw] indicates that the item can be found as a pdf document in the TWEN (“Course Materials” subsection) site for this course. Each reading is numbered to correspond to the appropriate class section and identified by the first author’s last name.

The readings are front-loaded, so that the workload is heavier at the start of the semester and lighter toward the end. The purpose of the front-loading is to give students more time and space to work their research papers into final form.

The biographies of the authors and speakers are provided here. Many of the works assigned below are related to larger works.

Recommended but not required: For continuing looks at the economic and technological challenges facing the legal profession today, I strongly encourage students to take a look at articles on these websites:

And, for podcasting fans, these podcasts:

Class 1 (the first day of class) (Wednesday, August 25) (read and watch what you can before class and catch up with the rest before Class 2):

Lawyers in history. Read the following:

Innovation and leadership. Read and watch the following:

The law and politics of technology. Read and watch the following:

Class 2 (Wednesday, September 1):

  • [Tw] Martin Campbell-Kelly, et al., Computer: A History of the Information Machine (2014) [34 pp.]
  • [Tw] Laura DeNardis & Andrea M. Hackl, Internet Governance by Social Media Platforms [9 pp.]

Class 3 (Wednesday, September 8):

Friday, September 10: The short summary of the research paper topic is due.

Class 4 (Wednesday, September 15):

Class 5 (Wednesday, September 22):

New roles for law and lawyers. Read the following:

Ethics, values, and power in leadership. Read the following:

Class 6 (Wednesday, September 29):

Systems thinking and problem solving in law. Read the following:

Leadership tools and skills. Watch the following:

Tools for governance. Read the following:

Class 7 (Wednesday, October 6):

Friday, October 8: The outline of the research paper is due.

Class 8 (Wednesday, October 13):

Class 9 (Wednesday, October 20):

Leadership tools and skills. Watch either of the following:

Who made it? Labor and employment in history. Read either of the following:

Class 10 (Wednesday, October 27):

Law as a service industry. Read the following:

Class 11 (Wednesday, November 3):

Teaching leadership. Read the following:

What’s at stake. Read the following:

Class 12 (Wednesday, November 10):

Optional: Building a Better Bar: Capturing Minimum Competence, a new (Oct. 29, 2020) report from IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System [114 pp.] (have a taste via this briefer version)


Friday, November 12: The first draft of the research paper is due.

Class 13 (Wednesday, November 17) (last class):

Pulling leadership together in a simple, useful, and usable package, the way that clever public intellectuals and management consultants do. Read and listen to the following:


Thursday, December 9: The final draft of the research paper is due.