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ABA LogoThis is a repost to remind readers that tomorrow, June 24, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon Pacific time (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern) I am moderating a teleconference on “Why Virtual Worlds Matter for Lawyers” sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Science & Technology Law and Section of Intellectual Property Law. We have four outstanding panelists who will address key issues in virtual law and take your questions, and I hope a lot of readers can make it either via the traditional dial-in system or in-world in Second Life.

The audio teleconference will be available via the traditional dial-in system (and registration for that is the only way to get CLE credit), but the conference will be actually taking place in Second Life at the new Justice Center (SLURL), where participants will be able to participate in “backchat” during the call and meet other legal professionals interested in virtual worlds.

Anyone can attend the session free in Second Life. We don’t know how many will attend the in-world event, so arrive early if you want to make sure you get a seat.

We have a great line up of panelists, each of whom brings a different perspective. The panelists are:

  • David Elchoness, Executive Director, Association of Virtual Worlds; Founder and CEO,, Boulder, CO
  • Lauren Gelman, Executive Director, Stanford Law Center for Internet and Society; Lecturer in Law, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Steve Mortinger, VP & Associate General Counsel, IBM Systems & Technology Group, Somers, NY
  • Francis Taney, Chair, Technology Litigation Practice Group; Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, Philadelphia, PA

The teleconference is part of the ABA’s ongoing continuing legal education (CLE) series, and is offered for a fee of between $80 and $165 depending on your ABA and section membership status. Participants will earn 2.0 or 2.4 hours of CLE credit hours in most states, and the Justice Center in Second LifeABA is also offering people who register for the teleconference 20% off my book, Virtual Law.

You do not have to sign up for the teleconference to attend the in-world event, though CLE credit and the book discount are only available to those who sign up for the telecon. Similarly, attendance at the in-world event is not necessary for participation in the teleconference, though it is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in a virtual world if you haven’t yet. Although the event will be targeted at attorneys, I suspect it will be of interest to most VB readers, and I encourage you to either sign up for the teleconference or drop by the Justice Center in Second Life (SLURL) tomorrow, if you’re interested.

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5 Responses to “Reminder: ABA Teleconference “Why Virtual Worlds Matter for Lawyers” June 24, 10 AM Pacific”

  1. on 23 Jun 2008 at 4:31 pmKenan Farrell

    Looking forward to this. I’d better go suit shopping for my avatar.

  2. on 23 Jun 2008 at 10:02 pmDan Rosenthal

    Wish I could make it, sorry.

  3. on 24 Jun 2008 at 1:00 pmStephanie Kimbro

    This has been a really fascinating conference in SL. I hope there is a transcript of the conversation available in the near future.

  4. on 24 Jun 2008 at 1:32 pmBenjamin Duranske

    Great turnout, both on the phone and in world. Thanks, everybody, for coming. And particularly, thanks to the panelists, who did a fantastic job covering a lot of material in two hours.

    For ABA members, there’s a discussion going on here:

    Also, here are a few screenshots:

  5. on 25 Jun 2008 at 7:13 amDave Elchoness

    The conversation was very informative and fun. Thanks for including me, Ben.

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