Tsai Events

2019 Schedule of Events


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February 6, 2019: Tsai Center Leadership Lecture featuring Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Event Photos

February 19, 2019: Technology, Innovation and Law--Designing Legal Apps Student Showcase 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Hillcrest Classroom, Underwood Law Library RSVP by 2/17

March 5, 2019: Tsai Talk: #Trending: Cybersecurity in Social Media and Advertising Brittany DeGan, General Counsel for rewardStyle and Director, Ryan Summer Parley, Senior Counsel at Neiman Marcus Group 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m, Florence Hall, Room 207 RSVP by 3/5

March 21, 2019: Tsai Talk: IBM 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.Florence Hall Room 100, RSVP by 3/19

2018 Events

October 19, 2018: Leadership Lecture featuring the Honorable Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Video

September 21, 2018: 15th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues - Disruptive Ideas and Emerging Technologies

  • A one-day symposium exploring the latest news, legal developments, and judicial decisions, including panels on: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and The Dallas Innovation Ecosystem
  • Symposium Agenda

March 21, 2018: Tsai Center Innovation Lecture featuring Oculus VR CTO John D. Carmack

 January 18, 2018: Technology, Innovation and Law - Designing Legal Apps Student Showcase

February 16, 2018: Bitcoin - Business Opportunities and Regulatory Risk Panel Discussion



  • 10/23/18  Tsai Talk: An Inside View of Startup Law
    Timothy J. Harris, Managing Partner, Morrison Foerster, Palo Alto, CA

  • 9/5/18 Tsai Talk: AT&T: Technology, Lawyers, & the Law
     David Huntt Baker, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T 

  • 3/1/18 Tsai Talk:  Is That Fair (Use)? Third Party Trademarks in Film, Print, Video Games and other Media
    Tamera H. BennettThe Bennett Firm

  • 1/25/18 Tsai Talk: A Discussion of Privacy Regulation and Cybersecurity
    Jim Elliott, Assistant Regional Director, Southwest Region, Federal Trade Commission
    Richard "Jay" Johnson, Partner, Jones Day


Each year the Tsai Center organizes and holds various conferences and symposia directed to the intersection of law, science, and innovation.  In addition, the Tsai Center welcomes various groups holding their own conferences at the SMU Dedman School of Law. 

Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues

For the last fifteen years, the SMU Dedman School of Law has held an annual “Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues.” On September 21st, 2018, the Symposium addressed "Disruptive Ideas and Emerging Technology".  6 hours of CLE credit. Registration included breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. 

Annual SMU Science and Technology Law Review Symposium
April 9, 2018 "Cypo Currency Collateralization"

The SMU Science and Technology Law Review also holds an annual symposium addressing a hot topic in the field of law and technology.    

Other Conferences and Symposia

The Tsai Center also welcomes outside groups wishing to hold their own conferences at the law school.  These groups have included the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has held multiple events at the law school, and the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA), which held an Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit at the law school in the summer of 2015.  Another recent example of a conference held at the law school is the Food Law Forum held in the spring of 2015 and a forum on the Patent Prosecution Highway in 2016. The Tsai Center was proud to co-sponsor a panel discussion on cyber security, liberty, and privacy in February 2017 with the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. 



The “Leadership Lecture Series” contributes to the Tsai Center’s mission by bringing thought-provoking and dynamic speakers to the law school, serving as a platform for faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners to engage with distinguished leaders in the area of law, science, and innovation. The inaugural Leadership Lecture in October 2016 was given by the Honorable Sharon Prost, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals in patent infringement litigation.  In 2018, the Tsai Center was proud to host The Honorable Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  In 2019, the Leadership Lecture featured Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.