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eDiscovery Leaders Live at Legalweek: April Dawson of North Carolina Central University School of Law

George Socha
George Socha

eDiscovery Leaders Live at Legalweek: April Dawson of North Carolina Central University School of Law

April Dawson, Associate Dean of Technology and Innovation and Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law, joins George Socha, Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, for a specialACEDS#eDiscoveryLeadersLive from Legalweek in New York. 

Key Highlights

      • [1:05] April’s background and current role. 
      • [1:31] The law school’s new Technology Law & Policy Center. 
      • [2:12] Expanding law students’ worlds: Bringing them to Legalweek and the ABA Techshow. 
      • [4:59] About North Carolina Central University School of Law. 
      • [5:20] Pursuing diversity, including in the legal tech sector. 
      • [6:26] What’s going on at the law school’s tech center. 
      • [7:44] Coming attractions: a new artificial intelligence team-taught course for law students and information science students. 
      • [8:45] Making sure students can gain data privacy, cybersecurity, and other certifications while in law school. 
      • [9:35] Comparing their legal tech offerings with those of other law schools – part of a collaborative initiative. 

Key Quotes by April Dawson

    • The mission of the law school is to make sure the practice of law is diverse. When we think about serving our community, we want to make sure that we train lawyers who are dedicated to giving back and serving those underserved communities…. When we think about the tech center, we want to engage in projects that are aligned with the mission of the law school. 
    • “[At the tech center] we have a law and technology certificate program…. We expose them to all things law and tech so there are some foundational courses that they have to take, one of which is a course that I teach which is Law, Technology, Equity and Leadership…. We talk about eDiscovery, we talk about artificial intelligence, we talk about data privacy, we talk about tech policy…. And there’s another foundational course where the students get a chance to get their hands dirty.” 

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