Business & Corporate
Message from the Chair
In September 2015 former Cyberspace Committee Chair Jeffrey Ritter gave a lecture at the Business Law Section’s annual meeting on what he called “Quantum Law;” basically the idea that legal systems could be integrated into technology systems. The talk attracted a large audience, and when he finished half the room left with a new vision of the future – while the other half left shaking their heads; convinced they had just spent an hour listening to the musings of a mad man. Jeffrey wasn’t alone in this vision though. Earlier that year Professor Oliver Goodenough had published Legal Technology 3.0, which contained the still to be prophetic line: “[w]e are, however, fast approaching 3.0, where the power of computational technology for communication, modeling and execution permit a radical redesign, if not a full replacement, of the current [legal] system itself.” And in Palo Alto, Chicago, and Michigan visionary leaders like Roland Vogl, Daniel Katz, and Dan Linna (more on him later) were building academic institutions designed to produce lawyers with the skills needed to bring to reality this new world of data and technology enabled law.