I'll describe some of my culture shock in going from being a computer scientist to a licensed attorney in CA. After having worked at various international labs and Silicon Valley firms as an engineer, I left to attend law school. Originally thinking that I'd work in IP law, I ended up discovering that I continued to bring an engineer's perspective to the legal system -- legal education and scholarship, the profession, and most importantly, the implementation. In addition to describing some of the cultural challenges, I'll discuss some of the (cool) technical problems facing the legal system, the unique barriers to adoption of innovation, where disruption is succeeding, and what types of interesting engineering jobs are opening up. Finally, I'll briefly describe some of the technology I present to law students in my Legal Technology & Informatics seminar at the law school.
Notre Dame Law School
Ron Dolin received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCSB and is a licensed attorney in California. His dissertation was on scalable search and he was one of the first 100 employees at Google. He is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology start-ups, and has taught legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School and Notre Dame Law School. He is a Research Fellow at Stanford Law's Center on the Legal Profession, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Notre Dame Law School. More information is available at Ron's Radical Concepts blog: http://radicalconcepts.com