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 flash ones responding to hot topics and current events—bring the real world into the classroom. They help students make connections between the study and the practice of law. They challenge students to understand relationships between public policies and positive law. And they invite students to explore differences between normative ideas about what the law should be and descriptive views of what the law is.
March 20, 2017: Inside the Energy Industry
Michael Haynes, General Counsel for Riata Corporate Group, discussed his experience as outside and in-house counsel for an energy company.
February 28, 2017: The Economics of Innovation
Lonnie Brist, a PhD economist and Transfer Pricing Partner from Ernst & Young spoke to students and professors about the nuances in law and tax policy when dealing with intellectual property.
January 26, 2017: Commercializing Technology for the Benefit of Patients
Frank Grassler, VP of Technology Development at UT Southwestern Medical School, spoke to the audience about his experience working for a large nonprofit institution such as UTSW, as well as his work as general counsel for Gilead, a large pharmaceutical company.
October 4, 2016: Legal Support of the Automotive Industry and Beyond
This Tsai Talk featured Nilay S. Dave' and Frederick Mau from Toyota Motor North America, Inc., who discussed the many technology areas within Toyota supported by Toyota's North America Legal Group, with an emphasis on support of research and development, transactions, and intellectual property.
September 6, 2016: Universities and Innovation
Guest speakers Teresa Schultz, of University of Texas at Arlington's Office of Technology Management, and Abigail Go, of University of Texas at Dallas' Office of Technology Commercialization, discussed their roles in their respective offices. They also discussed the purpose of technology transfer offices and the commercialization of research and entrepreneurship.
February 3, 2016: What Every Intellectual Property Associate Needs to Know
Lisa Evert, one of the founding partners of the intellectual property law firm of Hitchcock Evert LLP, discussed what every intellectual property associate needs to know to be a successful attorney.
February 17,2016: 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 Goals
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 from Thompson & Knight LLP discussed intellectual property issues related to the development and commercialization of a new product.
September 29, 2015: Recent and Significant Issues in Environmental Law: A Potpourri
Rick Addison from Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr discussed climate issues and the new Clean Water Act rule.
October 6, 2015: Technology's Role in the Changing Face of Healthcare
Michael S. Byrd from ByrdAdatto discussed the influence of technology on the changes occurring in healthcare.
October 21, 2015: Recent Invalidation of U.S. Safe Harbor Laws: Data/Privacy Implications for Certified Companies
Mina Saifi from Hewlett-Packard Company discussed the recent invalidation of U.S. safe harbor laws and the data/privacy implications for certified companies.
November 3, 2015: Patent Litigation Reform: Are We There Yet?
Christa Brown-Sanford from Baker Botts LLP discussed the status of pending patent litigation reform legislation.
November 10, 2015: The Role of Privacy in Emerging Technologies
Jamie Sorley from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discussed the role of privacy in emerging technologies.