Law and Entrepreneurship Association 10th Annual Retreat Featuring Edward J. Walters

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Law and Entrepreneurship Association 10th Annual Retreat Featuring Edward J. Walters

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Date and Time

  • Friday, January 22, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110


Free, but reservation required


"The Law of Robots" – People often think of robots as the stuff of science fiction — but we’re surrounded by them every day. Siri makes suggestions on your smartphone; IBM’s Watson is the world’s Jeopardy champion; Google is perfecting self-driving cars; DaVinci robots have made surgery more precise; drones carry out military missions a world away, all with increasing autonomy. How do we regulate and police a world in which actions are increasingly taken by machines, using laws drafted sometimes centuries ago? Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase, will discuss the implications of artificial intelligence, robots, and law — not for some remote future, but for the systems invisibly surrounding us right now.

About Edward Walters

Edward J. Walters is the CEO of Fastcase, a legal publishing company based in Washington, D.C. Fastcase is one of the world’s largest publishers, serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches The Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology.

Before founding Fastcase, Walters worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, where he advised Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation. Walters worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The University of Chicago Law Review, The Green Bag, and The Legal Times.

Walters earned an A.B. in government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He served as an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. From 1996-97, he served as a judicial clerk with the Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar, and he has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuit.

About Fastcase

As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase has democratized the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Fastcase has also published Fastcase for the iPhone and iPad, one of the most popular legal apps in the world. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 600,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit



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