Distinguished Speaker Series in Law, Technology & Innovation

The distinguished speaker series in Law Technology & Innovation brings together leading policymakers, industry leaders, academics to discuss emerging trends in law, technology, and innovation.

Scott Shapiro, Yale Law School, New York City, November 28, 2023 

The Institute of Law, Technology & Innovation hosted a book launch event for Yale Law School’s Scott Shapiro on November 28, 2023, to celebrate the publication of “Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age, in Five Extraordinary Hacks.”

In conversation with Richard Harper, the AI practice group leader of Baker Botts who teaches AI and the FSU Law, Shapiro discussed two hacks retold in the book – the Morris worm, a science experiment gone wrong that crashed the internet in 1988, and the hacking of Paris Hilton’s phone in 2005, which not only broke the internet at the time but also showed the vulnerabilities of cloud computing.

Shapiro hopes that his book will equip future lawyers and policymakers with the technical knowledge required to understand and regulate our new digital world. While he does not minimize the harm done by hacking, Shapiro finds widespread alarmism to be unfounded. In the Q&A session, Shapiro explained why he thinks the fear of cyberwarfare is inflated and that the threat of generative AI to humanity’s survival is hyperbolic – a welcome post-Thanksgiving message to the audience consisting of businesspeople, lawyers, academics, and diplomats.

The invite-only event began with welcoming remarks by Executive Director Dr. Aaron Voloj Dessauer and took place at Steinway Tower in New York City.


Jay Clayton, former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Miami, November 2, 2023 

For its inaugural event, on November 2, 2023, the Institute of Law, Technology & Innovation was pleased to host Jay Clayton, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Clayton, who served as the SEC’s chair from 2017-2020, discussed the past, present, and future of crypto and blockchain regulation in the United States with Katya Fisher, a Miami-based attorney who taught a course at FSU Law on "Law and Technological Innovation" during the fall 2023 semester. Clayton discussed a number of topics, ranging from the SEC’s current treatment of stablecoin, to the prospect of a uniform international law regarding crypto to the potential use of AI technology in regulatory agencies.

The event included welcoming remarks by Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez, and Lourdes Castillo, president of the Miami Economic Club, and Dean Erin O’Hara O’Connor.

This invite-only event took place at Mana Tech, an innovation hub in Downtown Miami, and drew an audience from the thriving Miami tech community. The discussion was followed by a reception sponsored by Amelia "Mel" Rea Maguire (‘86), president and CEO of REA International and a board member of the Stoops Center of Law and Business.