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An #ignite preview: Elizabeth M. Renieris

Leading up to Vanderbilt Law's Summit on Law and Innovation on April 30, 2018, we're sharing brief teasers of the provocative ideas our speakers will explore. Today, we get a glimpse into Elizabeth Renieris' #ignite talk. Enjoy!

About Elizabeth M. Renieris (@hackylawyER)

Invest in yourself first. Don’t give away your power. You have to be a better, stronger, more resilient human before you can be effective at anything, including "lawyering" in the way the future demands. A proud alumnus of Vanderbilt Law School, Elizabeth has learned these lessons by forging an unconventional career path in law. With a particular interest in blockchain, distributed ledger technologies (DLT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, she frequently advises clients on these subjects in her role as Principal at boutique blockchain practice Ouroboros LLP and as Global Policy Counsel to identity startup Evernym, Inc. In addition to her legal and consulting work, Elizabeth is actively involved in a number of blockchain-related academic initiatives, including through projects with the MIT Media Lab, the Stanford CodeX Project, and various Legal Hackers chapters. As a polyglot who has lived and worked in five countries on three continents, Elizabeth has a global perspective on law and policy.

What ideas will Elizabeth ignite at SoLI?

Law and tech are converging. The statements “code is law” and “law is code” are both increasingly true. As the space between our physical and digital lives continues to erode, an arms-length relationship with technology becomes less tenable for lawyers—as it is for everyone else.

As the pace of digital evolution quickens, we will need to hack more and pontificate less. Hacking more doesn’t mean thinking less or acting recklessly. Rather, it means that we have an obligation to lay the foundations necessary to think on our feet and be agile. This foundation requires us to know ourselves better, trust ourselves more, and to be willing to be vulnerable (in other words, ​to be wrong and to fail fast). This means that our legal education must be viewed in the broader context of our growth and self-development to enable these qualities to emerge and develop.

Elizabeth will challenge us as legal educators, law students, and legal practitioners alike to find ways of becoming “hacky” lawyers.

Join us at SoLI2018! Learn about big ideas, share your own, and be part of breaking down silos and building connections across the legal profession. Radical collaboration: we go faster, and farther, together.

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