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Rise of the Machines – Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $35.00

Deadline to Register: February 7, 2016

What is It? How Might It Change the World? What Every Lawyer Needs to Know.

The assembled panel will start from the birth of artificial intelligence and tell the story of how AI and Robotics have and will continue to change our World and profession. Panelist Brian Wallenfelt will present a mini AI and Robotics 101 course and then focus on key game changing technological advances in the space. Panelist Miguel Azar will then use history, current industry plans, developments and a crystal ball laying out where the technology may leave humanity. Finally panelist Patrick Pazderka will provide real world insights, practice pointers and contractual provisions to aid attorneys practicing in the current changing environment, and what and how the profession will need to continue to adapt and change.

The Computer and Technology Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the CLE at Noon.


Miguel Azar is a graduate of the University of Chicago, BA Economics, and the University of Minnesota School of Law.  Miguel is licensed in both Minnesota State and Federal Courts.  Miguel has served in various legal capacities spending part of his early career as a criminal defense and civil litigator.  Miguel then transitioned his career and served as in-house counsel for numerous Minnesota corporations with a primary focus on contracts relating to computers, software and intellectual property.  A long time member, presenter and past Chair of the Computer and Technology Law Section, Miguel now spends his time counseling select clients and trying to manage his family’s busy schedule.

Patrick Pazderka is a Partner practicing in Fox Rothschild LLP’s Corporate and Emerging Companies Groups.  Pat provides legal and strategic guidance for clients ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.  He regularly represents his clients in various types of technology matters—including license agreements, SaaS agreements, technology services agreements, hardware acquisition agreements and joint venture agreements.  He earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Brian Wallenfelt is a registered patent attorney with Merchant & Gould P.C. He protects inventions in computer-related technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics. Brian has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. Outside of work, Brian enjoys spending time with his family and running on two legs (an activity which he can do faster than any currently existing robot).

CLE Credit:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied | Event Code: 215744 


Computer and Technology Section (CTLS) Member:  FREE
MSBA Member (but not member of CTLS):  $15
Non-MSBA Member: $35
Law Student: FREE

Join the Computer and Technology Law Section and attend the CLE for FREE: $30
MSBA members who are not members of the Computer & Technology Law Section can join the section for $30 and attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your MSBA membership and then contact Tram Nguyen | 612.278.6316 to register for this meeting at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Participation by teleconferencing and webcasting is available.  Please indicate remote participation when registering.  Instructions will be sent via email one day prior to the CLE.

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