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2023 PILT Annual Seminar

32nd Annual Program in Law and Technology Seminar

PILT Seminar 2023

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's PILT Seminar! We hope to see you next year!

The Program In Law and Technology (PILT) Seminar will be held in person on Friday, June 9 at the University of Dayton School of Law on the topic, "Regional Innovation Ecosystems: The Role of the Military, University and State."

CLE credit of 7.0 hours (including 1.0 hour of ethics) has been approved. Non Ohio CLE credit available upon request to state bar authorities (at the discretion of the state).

Keynote Speaker

James Bieryla, Deputy Director of AFWERX, Department of the Air Force

James Bieryla is the Deputy Director of AFWERX. AFWERX transitions agile, affordable and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with Airmen and Guardian talent. AFWERX is the innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force and works to accelerate agile and affordable capability transitions by teaming innovative technology developers with Airman and Guardian talent. The three core arms of AFWERX - AFVentures, Spark and Prime - serve to expand the defense industrial base for advanced technologies, empower Airmen and Guardian talent, and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. AFWERX teams internationally across academia, industry and government to develop technology, expand talent, and transition dual-use capabilities.

Mr. Bieryla is a former United States Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot, having flown almost 3000 hours in the F-15, F-117, F-22, F-16, and 35 other airplanes. Following his retirement from active duty, he transitioned to the Air Force Research Laboratory where he led classified technology development efforts. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy as well as Masters Degrees from both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Registration For Seminar

Registration Closed

The fee for the 2023 seminar is $295.

Scholarship registrations are available for full-time judges, government employees, and professors (non-UD) for $150. All military personnel, full-time students (including non-UD), and UD faculty and staff may register for free. 

The registration fee, less a handling charge, will be refunded if cancellation is received by May 29, 2023. There will be no refunds after that date.

CLE Financial Hardship: The University of Dayton School of Law is dedicated to offering high-quality Continuing Legal Education opportunities at a reasonable cost to attendees, but will grant full or partial fee-waivers based upon a demonstration of financial hardship.

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Seminar Description

Entrepreneurs and Innovators are described in origin myths as solitary actors, driven by a unique creative spirit and sheer grit and personality. The truth is that innovations happens within networks and systems in which individuals and firms create and generate new ideas, concepts and businesses. Bursts of innovation in particular regions such a Silicon Valley in the 1960s and 1990s, represent a confluence of factors including capital, skills and talent, regulatory frameworks and legal resources. The 2023 PILT Seminar brings together actors in academia, practice and the arenas of government, universities and the military to examine how actors in these innovation systems, especially in Central and Southwest Ohio can play a role in supporting a regional innovation system.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. | Registration | Atrium

Continental breakfast will be available during registration

8:30 - 8:40 a.m. | Welcome to the 32nd Annual PILT Seminar | Courtroom

Welcome: Professor Dalindyebo Shabalala, PILT Director

Introduction: Dean Andrew Strauss, University of Dayton School of Law

8:40 - 9:25 a.m. | Panel Introduction | Courtroom

What Are Regional Innovation Ecosystems?

Prof. Camilla Hrdy, University of Akron School of Law

9:25 - 9:30 a.m. | Break | Atrium

5 minute break

9:30 - 10:45 a.m. | Panel 1 | Courtroom

The Role of the Military in Regional Economic EcoSystems

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher M. Hocking: Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (DAF RCO), Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Professor Dalindyebo Shabalala, PILT Director

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. | Break | Atrium

15 minute coffee break in the Atrium

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Panel 2 | Courtroom

The Role of the University in Regional Economic EcoSystems

Dr. Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin, Professor of Law, Syracuse University School of Law, Director – Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute

Mathew Willenbrink, University of Dayton Research Institute

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Tanner, Program Manager and Materiel Leader, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote | Atrium

Lunch (provided)

Keynote Speaker:

James Bieryla, Deputy Director of AFWERX, Department of the Air Force

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Panel 3 | Courtroom

The Role of the State in Regional Innovation EcoSystems and Military/State Relations

Joseph Zeis, Aerospace and Defense Advisor, Office of the Governor, OH

Paul Jackson, Vice President of Strategic Programs, Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC), Dayton, OH

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. | Break | Atrium

15 minute break

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Patent and High Technology Breakout
Military Patenting: Non-FAR IP Agreements, Cooperative Agreements and Licensing with DoD

Deborah Davis-Brutchen, Esq., Air Force Intellectual Property Manager, Air Force Research Lab

Creativity and Arts Breakout
Access to Legal Advice for Early Stage Artists/Musicians and the Arts Ecosystem

Patrick J. Nugent, PhD , President & CEO, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. | Break | Atrium

15 minute coffee break in the Atrium

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Ethics | Courtroom

Engaging with Industry and IP: Government Employees and Ethics

Sabra L. Tomb, Attorney-Advisor, Air Force Research Laboratory

4:30 - 4:45 p.m. | Adjournment | Courtroom

Seminar ends

Parking Information

Parking for the Program In Law and Technology Seminar is free and available in the S1 lot off Brown Street. From there it is a short walk from the main entrance of the University off Stewart Street to Keller Hall where the seminar is being held.

PILT Parking Map


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School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760