Legal Update: Commercial Use of Drones

Event Description

The Computer & Technology Law Section Annual Meeting and Elections will be held at this event.  All section members are encouraged to attend.

Deadline to Register: May 14, 2017


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Social Hour
6:00 – 6:15 p.m.  Section Annual Meeting & Elections 
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.  CLE Program

Uses for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, UAV or drones) abound. Drones can collect data crucial for precision farming and monitor herds on ranches. They can help assess the condition of transmission lines, structures, mining projects, and storm damage. They can handle costly and dangerous inspections, collect topographical data, and monitor stockpile inventories. But they also raise unique safety concerns and present novel privacy and intellectual property rights challenges. The Federal Aviation Administration, as well as numerous states and municipalities, is active in regulating commercial drone use.

Join a panel discussion on current and future drone use. The panel will provide tips on navigating the legal and regulatory hurdles presented by drones and will discuss the future of drone regulation under the Trump Administration.


Thad Lightfoot, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Jamie Nafziger, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Sean Harrington, Attorney Client Privilege LLC

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved  | Event Code: 239863


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

Join the Computer and Technology Law Section and attend the CLE for FREE!
MSBA Members who are not members of the Computer and Technology Law Section can join the section 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 is available.  Please indicate remote participation when registering.  Instructions will be sent via email one day prior to the CLE.


2017-2018 Section Council Elections:

The 2017-2018 slate of Officers and Council members for the Computer & Technology Law Section as recommended and nominated by the Elections Committee is available here . Please either vote for the slate in its entirety or, alternatively, vote for your choice of candidates or write-in the name of other candidates on the lines provided. Please bring your completed ballot to the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 .  If you will not be attending the Annual Meeting, please follow the ballot instructions below.

Ballot instructions for those NOT attending the Annual Meeting:

Place scan and email your ballot to Tram Nguyen at or fax it to her attention at 612-333-4927. If you wish to send a secret ballot, place your ballot into an unmarked envelope and place it into another envelope addressed to Tram Nguyen c/o MSBA, 600 Nicollet Mall, #380, Minneapolis, MN 55402 by Monday, May 15, 2017.

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Questions? Contact Tram Nguyen | 612-278-6316

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Tram Nguyen at or 612-278-6316. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this meeting.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Seattle Room / Dorsey & Whitney LLP Minneapolis, MN United States