MJLST welcomes you to attend the symposium it will host at the University of Minnesota Law School on Friday, March 2, 2018 on The Legal Landscape of the Internet of Things.



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3 Ethics Credits. 2 Standard CLE Credits.




Speakers and Moderators:*

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Justin Grammens

Bio: Justin lives at the intersection of emerging technology and leading communities on the Internet of Things. He is a Co-Founder of Lab 651, where he helps companies use data from the physical world and mobile applications to drive business change. He is the owner of IoT Weekly, a free curated newsletter with industry expert perspectives on the Internet of Things, a co-founder of IoT Fuse, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to position Minnesota as a leader on the Internet of Things and an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Thomas teaching a graduate level course on the Internet of Things.


A proven leader and builder of technology, Grammens was named one of the 2016 (Real) Power 50 by Minnesota Business Magazine, speaks at countless technology conferences, co-launched Minnesota’s first Internet of Things Hack Day where inventors compete to build the best Internet enabled product in 12 hours and is a mentor to students of all ages through CoderDojo Twin Cities and Macalester College’s MacStartups program. Most importantly, he enjoys family movie nights with his wife and two boys. You can keep up to date with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Panel 1 Speakers:

Professor Sharon Sandeen

Bio: Professor Sharon K. Sandeen is the Robins Kaplan LLP Distinguished Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the IP Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is an internationally recognized expert on trade secret law, having written (with E. Rowe) the first casebook on the subject in the United States (Cases and Materials in Trade Secret Law), Trade Secret Law in a Nutshell, and Trade Secrecy and International Transactions.

In addition to her books, Professor Sandeen has written numerous articles and book chapters on intellectual property and Internet law topics, including detailed examinations of the drafting histories the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Article 39 of the TRIPS Agreement, and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.   

A native of northern California, Professor Sandeen earned two degrees from the University of California Berkeley: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and an LL.M. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She began full-time teaching in 2002 at Hamline University School of Law. Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Sandeen practiced law for over seventeen years in Sacramento, California, where she became a partner of two successive law firms. Her practice focused on business litigation in both state and federal courts, including trade secret litigation.

Professor Sandeen is a member of the California State Bar, a fellow of the American Bar Association, and member of the American Law Institute.


Professor W. Keith Robinson

Bio: W. Keith Robinson joined SMU Dedman School of Law in 2011. Before SMU, Professor Robinson was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School. Professor Robinson teaches and writes in the areas of property, intellectual property, patent law and technology law. His current research focuses on analyzing the challenges small firms face in obtaining patent rights in the U.S. Patent system. He has written or lectured on patent lawsuit avoidance, the patenting of business methods, joint infringement and the USPTO’s examination guidelines. One of Professor Robinson’s most recent articles appeared in the American University Law Review. The article was judged one of the best law review articles related to intellectual property law published in 2012 and was reprinted in the 2013 Intellectual Property Law Review.

Professor Robinson practiced law at Foley and Lardner LLP as a member of the electronics practice group in Washington, D.C. There, he assisted clients in various areas of patent law including counseling through negotiations, opinions, prosecution and strategic IP issues including evaluating emerging technology.

Professor Robinson has counseled clients in a variety of technical areas including computer software, consumer electronics, display technology, signal processing, telecommunications, wireless communications, network architecture, application specific electronic devices, semiconductor devices and manufacturing, data mining, search technology, vehicle safety systems, RFID technology, Internet applications and business methods.

Prior to practicing law, Professor Robinson was a technology consultant for Ernst & Young LLP and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLC. He counseled clients on software development processes, developed customized software solutions and designed and implemented web application architectures.

Professor Robinson is a graduate of Duke University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2004). He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering (B.S. 1999). While attending law school, Professor Robinson served in the Duke Law Community Enterprise Clinic, where he provided counseling on copyright and trademark protection and advised entrepreneurial clients on business formation.

Professor Robinson is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


David Axtell

Bio: David Axtell practices in the areas of intellectual property and information technology counseling and litigation at Stinson Leonard Street.

David’s intellectual property litigation experience focuses on patent disputes while also frequently representing clients in the areas of trademark, copyright, trade secret, and related complex business disputes. His patent cases have involved technologies such as medical devices and procedures; computer software, hardware, networking, and storage; radio-frequency identification (RFID); mapping and geospatial technology; molecular biology; animal and human health feed and supplements; insurance industry systems; mechanical devices and production methods; and consumer products. He regularly defends clients of all sizes against claims brought by nonpracticing patent and copyright entities and provides those clients insight into methods for efficiently and cost effectively resolving such disputes.

David’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 clients. He regularly litigates and advises on issues such as intellectual property ownership; employment, independent contractor, and joint development intellectual property and confidentiality issues; intellectual property licensing; software end user license agreements; privacy policies and website terms of use; strategic intellectual property portfolio management; transactional due diligence related to intellectual property and information technology issues; software development agreements and disputes; online infringement; mobile device application development and protection; social media related disputes; managing your online reputation and brand; e-discovery techniques and forensic data investigations; data breach incident response and mitigation; data privacy; and governmental investigations related to privacy, consumer protection, and information technology. David is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As a seasoned litigator and licensed patent attorney, David is able to offer clients with patent disputes the courtroom litigation alternative of post-grant review (PGR) and inter partes (IPR) contested case proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

David is also a dedicated member of the firm’s pro bono community, having received pro bono service awards from both this firm as well as his prior firm. He represents clients referred to him from the firm’s Deinard Legal Clinic, Volunteer Lawyers Network, Legal Aid and other community organizations, particularly for issues related to housing and criminal expungement.


Panel 1 Moderator:

Professor Chris Turoski

Bio: Professor Christopher M. Turoski (’98) is director of Patent Law Programs and brings almost two decades of progressive, real-world experience to lead the Master of Science in Patent Law and the LL.M. in Patent Law programs. In this role, he makes certain both the programs and the students are prepared to excel in the modern business environment.

Previously, Turoski held a series of executive-level positions at Cargill Inc. As a vice president at Cargill Animal Nutrition Technologies, he led all intellectual property aspects of a multibillion-euro acquisition of the company’s primary competitor. As secretary and counsel for Format Solutions, a Cargill subsidiary, he was responsible for a worldwide multimillion-dollar intellectual property and software licensing program. He also served as managing senior counsel at Cargill, leading a global team of lawyers and professionals in adding value through the management of all legal affairs of the business.

Turoski has served on the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He began his legal career providing counseling on complex business issues at Foley & Lardner, an international law firm. He graduated magna cum laude from the Law School, where he was a member of the Minnesota Law Review. He earned his B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His volunteer experience includes serving as secretary and general counsel for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.


Panel 2 Speakers:

Eran Kahana 

Bio: Eran Kahana is a cybersecurity and intellectual property lawyer at Maslon LLP as well as a Fellow at Stanford Law School. He counsels clients on a wide variety of matters related to cybersecurity, technology law, trademarks, patents, and copyright issues. Eran also serves in a variety of cybersecurity thought-leadership roles and works closely with the FBI, Department of Justice, Secret Service, and colleagues from the private and academic sectors to set, promote, and sustain cybersecurity best practices. Eran serves as both general counsel and as a director on the Executive Board of InfraGard (MN Chapter).

At Stanford Law School, Eran writes and lectures on the intersect between law and artificial intelligence and is a frequent speaker at Stanford’s annual E-Commerce Best Practices Conference. He has been interviewed on cybersecurity, privacy, and technology law at Bloomberg Law, BBC, KABC radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Twin Cities Business magazine, Star Tribune,, and Stanford University Radio, KZSU FM.


Professor Scott Shackelford

Bio: Scott J. Shackelford is an associate professor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, where he teaches cybersecurity law and policy, sustainability, and international business law. He is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Program on Science and International Affairs, and Director of the Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance at Indiana University. He is also an Affiliate Scholar with Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Shackelford has written more than 100 books, articles, and essays for diverse outlets including the American Business Law Journal, University of Illinois Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review, which have been covered by National Public Radio, The Atlantic Wire, Politico, and Newsweek. He is also the author of Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations: In Search of Cyber Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and has written op-eds for the Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Times.

Both Professor Shackelford’s academic work and teaching have been recognized with numerous awards, including a Hoover Institution National Fellowship, a Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Fellowship, the 2014 Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, and the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Award. Professor Shackelford has presented his research on cybersecurity at diverse forums including universities such as Harvard, Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, University of Texas-Austin, and Stanford, as well as for the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office of the Government of Australia, NATO, and the Harvard Business Review.


Professor David Levine

Bio: David S. Levine is an Associate Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School (CIS). He has also been named the Jennings Professor and Emerging Scholar at Elon University School of Law. Dave was a fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) from 2014-2017. He is also the founder and host of Hearsay Culture on KZSU-FM (Stanford University), an information policy, intellectual property law and technology talk show for which he has recorded over 250 interviews since May 2006. Hearsay Culture was named as a top five podcast in the ABA’s Blawg 100 of 2008 and can be found at His scholarship, which has been published in several law reviews including Florida, North Carolina and Stanford Online, focuses on the operation of intellectual property law at the intersection of technology and public life, specifically information flows in the lawmaking and regulatory process and intellectual property law’s impact on public and private secrecy, transparency and accountability. He has spoken about his work in numerous venues, from the American Political Science Association annual meeting to the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and internationally.

Active in policy analysis, he has made presentations to the negotiators at several negotiating rounds for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), testified before the Library of Congress, co-authored influential law professors’ letters regarding the TPP, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and is a past member of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission’s Protection of Trade Secret and Proprietary Information Study Group that was tasked with writing the state’s hydraulic fracturing regulations. Having been interviewed and quoted in many media outlets, including NBC News, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times, and he is a recurring contributor to Slate. He was previously a resident fellow at CIS, legislative aide in the New York State Assembly, assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York and in private practice in Manhattan. He holds a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Professor Alan Rozenshtein

Bio: Alan Rozenshtein joined the Law School as a visiting professor in 2017, having taught most recently as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. From Oct. 2014 to April 2017, he served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Law and Policy in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where his work focused on operational, legal, and policy issues relating to cybersecurity and foreign intelligence. From Oct. 2016 to April 2017, he served as a special assistant United States attorney for the District of Maryland.

Before joining the Justice Department, Rozenshtein clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. While attending Harvard Law School, he was a Heyman Fellow, served as articles editor for the Harvard Law Review, and was a contributor to Lawfare. Prior to attending law school, he studied philosophy at Balliol College, University of Oxford.


Panel 2 Moderator:

Professor William McGeveran

Bio: Professor William McGeveran specializes in information law, including data privacy, intellectual property, communications and technology, and free speech.

Professor McGeveran’s current research focuses on legal and other rules governing digital identity and data privacy, ranging from online impersonation to the privacy features of Facebook and other social networks. Additional aspects of his research include modernizing trademark law, comparing European and American approaches to data protection, and navigating the tension between transparency and privacy in areas such as election regulation or open records laws.

Professor McGeveran teaches courses in Data Privacy Law, Internet Law, Trademark Law, Civil Procedure I and II, and Law in Practice. He is an affiliated professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and he has been a resident fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute of Advanced Study and a visiting professor at University College Dublin School of Law. He frequently uses Twitter (as @BillMcGev), comments in the media, and teaches continuing education courses. He also serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.

Professor McGeveran earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University and a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science from Carleton College. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Professor McGeveran was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He previously clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced as an intellectual property litigator at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Before law school, Professor McGeveran worked in national politics for seven years, primarily as a policy aide to Democrats in the United States House of Representatives. He grew up in New York City.



Panel 3 Speakers:

Professor Gary Marchant

Bio: Gary Marchant, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.P., serves as the Regents’ Professor and Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics, and Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (ASU). He also serves as a Professor at the School of Life Sciences and Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

Professor Marchant’s research interests include the governance of emerging technologies, legal aspects of personalized medicine, use of genetic information in the legal system, legal aspects of risk assessment and risk management, and the application of science and technology in the legal system.  He teaches courses such as Law, Science & Technology; Artificial Intelligence & the Law; Genetics and the Law; Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy; Health Care Technologies; and Big Data, Privacy, and Emerging Technologies.  

Prior to joining the College faculty in 1999, Professor Marchant was a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis, where his practice focused on environmental and administrative law. During law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and was awarded the Fay Diploma (awarded to top graduating student at Harvard Law School).

Professor Marchant frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters on various issues relating to emerging technologies. Among other activities, he has served on five National Research Council committees, has been the principal investigator on several major grants, and has organized dozens of academic conferences and workshops on law and science issues.


Professor Jane Kirtley

Bio: Jane E. Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. She is also Director of The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law and is an affiliated faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School.  

Prof. Kirtley was a Fulbright Scholar teaching U.S. media law and media ethics at the University of Latvia’s Law Faculty in Riga during Spring 2016. She was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2015.

Prof. Kirtley was Executive Director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for 14 years. Before that, she was an attorney with the law firm Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle in Rochester, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. She is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and Virginia bars. Prof. Kirtley also worked as a reporter for the Evansville (Indiana) Press and The Oak Ridger and Nashville Banner (Tennessee).

Prof. Kirtley speaks frequently on media law and ethics issues in the United States and abroad.  Her J.D. is from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.


Shannon M. Heim

Bio: Shannon M. Heim is a Shareholder at Moss & Barnett with a national telecommunications practice.  She represents rural telephone cooperatives, electric cooperatives and municipal utilities offering broadband and telecommunications services.  She advises companies on full range of regulatory issues.

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and dangerous, Ms. Heim’s practice has grown to include guiding clients through cyber security and privacy challenges. Ms. Heim also advises clients in the negotiation of commercial contracts involving complex and contentious issues of business and law. Ms. Heim provides extensive counseling to Alaska companies and companies exploring business opportunities in Alaska.

Ms. Heim was appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband on June 1, 2015. The Task Force develops policies to promote the expansion of broadband access throughout Minnesota.  It is responsible for developing an action plan to identify and correct disparities in access and adoption of broadband in all Minnesota communities, with the goal of ensuring that homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need.



Panel 3 Moderator:

 Professor Ralph F. Hall

Bio: Professor Ralph F. Hall is a professor of practice at the Law School.  He concentrates his teaching, research and writing in the area of FDA regulation and health care.  He is also a principal with Leavitt Partners, a health care policy and consulting firm.  At Leavitt Partners he works with coalitions and clients focused on improving FDA and health care regulation and advancing value based health care.  He also serves as CEO of MR3 Medical LLC, a start-up medical device company. He is a frequent speaker on FDA regulatory issues and compliance matters and has testified a number of times before Congressional committees.

Prior to his association with the University of Minnesota Law School, Professor Hall served in various capacities with Guidant Corporation including Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel—Litigation and Compliance and General Counsel of the Cardiac Rhythm Management group. During this time, Professor Hall also served as Special Counsel to the Guidant Board of Directors Compliance Committee and as Counsel to the Guidant Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Guidant, he was with Eli Lilly, including serving as the head of Lilly’s worldwide environmental law group. He has also served in an Of Counsel role with the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels.

Professor Hall received his B.A. magna cum laude from Indiana University in 1974 and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan where he was a Weymouth Kirkland Scholar. Professor Hall’s interests include FDA regulation, corporate compliance and governance, negotiations and the interface between corporate practice and the academic world.




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