Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation

SMU Dedman School of Law's Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation is a research-focused academic center exploring how law and policy affect scientific research and discovery as well as the development and commercialization of new technologies. The Tsai Center also explores the converse—how scientific discoveries and new technologies affect ethics, society, private industry, and governmental institutions and agencies. The Tsai Center presents education programming, facilitates academic research, and provides educational opportunities that engage students and the academic and business communities interested in law, science and innovation. In short, the Tsai Center exists to engage the public, scholars, students, scientists, policy.


2019-2020 Schedule of Upcoming Tsai Center Programs and Events 

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Thursday, Sept. 19th: Tsai Talk: Art Law and Copyright: How a Small Firm Takes on National Cases

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m, Florence Hall Room 100

Thomas Maddrey '14 is the founding partner and lead attorney for Maddrey PLLC, a boutique firm dedicated to art law and creative business law. Mr. Maddrey will discuss his transition from full-time artist to attorney, and how he built a three attorney firm that has written briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court and been involved in copyright and art law cases throughout the world. Complimentary lunch from East Hampton Sandwich Company will be provided to those who RSVP by 5:00 pm on Sept. 18th! RSVP to TsaiCenter@smu.edu . 

Monday, Sept. 23rd: Leadership Lecture Series featuring The Honorable Scott R. Boalick, Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Space is limited. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

 Complimentary boxed meals from East Hampton Sandwiches will be provided to those who RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Sept. 20th to TsaiCenter@smu.edu.  

Tuesday, October 1st: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Oral Arguments, Q&A and Reception

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  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    • Doors Open: 1:30 p.m.

    • Oral Arguments: 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

    • Q&A and Reception: 4:15 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Event Details
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    • Courtroom Decorum Notice: Please read the policy in its entirety. Please note appropriate attire is required and no bags, computers, food or drink are allowed.  
    • Overflow Seating:  Overflow seating with a livestream of the proceedings will be held in Karcher Auditorium in Storey Hall, 3315 Daniel Avenue. 
      • If you will not be able to remain in the room for the entirety of the arguments, please observe the proceedings from Karcher Auditorium.
    • SMU students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the general public are welcome to register and attend.