Tsai Talks

The Tsai Center sponsors periodic presentations and discussions at the SMU Dedman School of Law by professors, judges, and attorneys on topics at the intersection of law, science, and innovation. Organized by the Tsai Center Scholars and typically occurring over lunch, these presentations and discussions—often responding to hot topics and current events—bring the real world into the classroom. Tsai Talks help students make connections between the study and the practice of law, and challenge students to understand relationships between public policies and positive law. Tsai Talks invite students to explore differences between normative ideas about what the law should be and descriptive views of what the law is.

2022-2023 Tsai Talks

October 27, 2022 

Tsai Talk - Health Law Series: Opioid Litigation: A View from the Inside with Darren Nicholson

October 6, 2022

Tsai Talk: Get Connected: The Internet of Things with Luke McLeroy

September 22, 2022

Tsai Talk - Health Law Series: The Future of Medicine, Today. A Conversation with Bethany McGaha '10, Director and Managing Attorney - Healthcare Transactions, UTSouthwestern Medical Center

2021-2022 Tsai Talks

October 6, 2021

Tsai Talk: Let them Play (and get Paid): Name, Image and Likeness Deals and NCAA Compliance. Damilola Sule, SMU Director of Compliance, and Rob Heuer, SMU Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, discussed the effects of the recent Supreme Court decision in NCAA v. Alston on name, image, and likeness deals for student athletes, the innovative ways that student athletes can pursue these deals, and careers in NCAA compliance.

September 9, 2021

Tsai Talk:White Coats and Black Robes: Pharmaceutical Innovation and the Law. Frank Grassler, a Member of Martin Fulton, PLLC, discussed his career in pharmaceutical innovation and law, including his transition from a pharmacist to working as a patent attorney for GlaxoSmithKline.

March 16, 2021

Tsai Talk: Regulating an Evolving AI Landscape with Yoon Chae, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie

January 28, 2021

Tsai Talk Series – COVID-19 and the Law: Technology & The Health Surveillance State, presented by Professor Chris Jenks

November 12, 2020

Tsai Talk Series – COVID-19 and the Law: with Director of the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center and Professor of Law Pam Metzger VIDEO

October 28, 2020

Tsai Talk Series – COVID-19 and the Law: COVID-19 and the Constitution with Professor Dale Carpenter VIDEO

October 8, 2020

Tsai Talk Series – COVID-19 and the Law: Voting in the Pandemic with Professor Grant Hayden VIDEO

September 24, 2020

Tsai Talk Series – COVID-19 and the Law: Observing Online Courts: Lessons from the Pandemic with Professor Beth Thornburg VIDEO and PRESENTATION SLIDES

July 31, 2020

Tsai Talk Series – COVID-19 and the Law: Law and the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine with Professor Nathan Cortez. 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, 7/31 Recording of Presentation

January 23, 2020

Tsai Talk: Leggo My Logo! Using Trademarks to Protect a Brand featuring guest speakers Charles Phipps and Joe Unis of Locke Lord

2019 Tsai Talks

November 15, 2019

Tsai Talk: IP in the Sky: Uber Elevate and Autonomous Driving Technology featuring Chris Storm, IP Legal Director for Uber's Emerging Technology Programs

October 30, 2019

Tsai Talk: Tales from the Crypt(o): How Cryptocurrency is Resurrecting the Legal Market

October 24, 2019

Law, Ethics & Autonomy featuring Professor Chris Jenks and Dr. Rain Livoja, University of Queensland

October 1, 2019

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitOral Arguments, Q&A and Reception

September 25, 2019

Leadership Lecture featuring the Honorable Scott R. Boalick, Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

September 19, 2019

Tsai Talk: Art Law and Copyright: How A Small Firm Takes on National Cases featuring Thomas Maddrey

Past Tsai Talks

November 15, 2019

IP in the Sky: Uber Elevate and Autonomous Driving Technology

Chris Storm, IP Legal Director, Uber Emerging Technology Programs

October 30, 2019

Tales from the Crypt(o): How Cryptocurrency is Resurrecting the Legal Market

Lacey Shrum, Vela Wood

September 19, 2019

Art Law and Copyright: How A Small Firm Takes on National Cases

Thomas Maddrey '14, Maddrey PLLC

March 5, 2019

Tsai Talk: #Trending: Cybersecurity in Social Media and Advertising

Brittany DeGan, General Counsel for rewardStyle
Ryan Summer Parley, Director and Senior Counsel at Neiman Marcus Group

March 21, 2019

Tsai Talk: A Talk with IBM: Unconscious Bias and Artificial Intelligence

Emi Olsson,Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer
Michael Riep, Vice President, Sector Delivery Executive

 October 23, 2018

An Inside View of Startup Law

Timothy J. Harris, Managing Partner, Morrison Foerster, Palo Alto, CA

 September 5, 2018

AT&T: Technology, Lawyers, & the Law 

David Huntt Baker, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T 

 March 1, 2018

Is That Fair (Use)? Third Party Trademarks in Film, Print, Video Games and other Media

Tamera H. Bennett, The Bennett Firm

 January 25, 2018

A Discussion of Privacy Regulation and Cybersecurity

Jim Elliott, Assistant Regional Director, Southwest Region, Federal Trade Commission
Richard "Jay" Johnson, Partner, Jones Day

 November 2, 2017

Advice for Practicing Technology Law In-House

Irwin Barnes, SVP and Deputy General Counsel, Fidelity Investments (ret.)

 October 26, 2017

Technology and Data Protection in the Aviation Industry

Donald Broadfield, Jr., Chief Intellectual Property & Data Counsel, American Airlines, Inc.

 September 12, 2017

Creating Growth-Oriented IP Strategies for Startups

Michael Henry '12, Principal, Henry Patent Law Firm 

 March 20, 2017

Inside the Energy Industry

Michael Haynes, General Counsel for Riata Corporate Group

 February 28, 2017

The Economics of Innovation

Lonnie Brist, a PhD economist and Transfer Pricing Partner, Ernst & Young

 January 26, 2017

 Commercializing Technology for the Benefit of Patients

Frank Grassler, VP of Technology Development at UT Southwestern Medical School

October 4, 2016 

Legal Support of the Automotive Industry and Beyond

Nilay S. Dave' and Frederick Mau, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

September 6, 2016

Universities and Innovation

Teresa Schultz, University of Texas at Arlington's Office of Technology Management, and 
Abigail Go, University of Texas at Dallas' Office of Technology Commercialization

February 3, 2016

What Every Intellectual Property Associate Needs to Know

Lisa Evert, Hitchcock Evert LLP

February17, 2016

Healthcare Employment Contracts

Martin Merritt, an attorney at Friedman & Feiger, addressed unique aspects of employment contracts in the healthcare industry.

March 2, 2016

Oh, There Goes Gravity...The Effects of Alice on a Software-Focused Patent Practice

Brian McCormack and Sreenivas Vedantam, attorneys at Baker & McKenzie LLP, discussed the impact of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on the law governing patent eligibility in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International.

March 23, 2016

From a Single Patent to a Corporate Strategy: How Companies Use IP Assets to Further Business Goal

Brianna Hinojosa-Flores, Senior Manager and Patent Counsel with Blackberry, Inc., discussed how companies use their intellectual property assets--patents and trademarks in particular--to further their business goals.

March 30, 2016

The FAA's New Drone Regulations

Vincent Allen, an attorney at Carstens & Cahoon LLP, discussed the FAA's new regulations of drones.


 September 9, 2015

Food, Drugs, and Rock and Roll – The FDA and the Evolution of Deference, Due Process, and the First Amendment

Michael Walsh from Strasburger & Price, LLP discussed the recent decision of the 2nd Circuit to curtail the FDA’s power to bar a manufacturer from disseminating scientific and medical information.

 September 15, 2015

Legal Issues Arising During the Construction of a Methanol Plant

Ashley Duffie from Celanese Corporation discussed the legal issues that arise during the development and construction of a methanol production plant.  

 September 22, 2015

Innovation—Thoughts on a Lawyer's Role

Max Ciccarelli, Thompson & Knight LLP 

 September 29, 2015

Recent and Significant Issues in Environmental Law: A Potpourri

Rick Addison, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr

 October 6, 2015

Technology's Role in the Changing Face of Healthcare

Michael S. Byrd, ByrdAdatto 

 October 21, 2015

Recent Invalidation of U.S. Safe Harbor Laws: Data/Privacy Implications for Certified Companies

Mina Saifi, Hewlett-Packard Compa

 November 3, 2015

Patent Litigation Reform: Are We There Yet?

Christa Brown-Sanford, Baker Botts LLP 

 November 10, 2015

The Role of Privacy in Emerging Technologies

Jamie Sorley, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services