Add this to the list of another in-person drone event coming back. On the heels of news that the F1RST UAS Symposium — a hands-on workshop designed for public safety/first responders — is scheduled to run in Florida this June, there’s another brand-new event to add to your calendars, and this one covers the legal side of drones: the Law-Tech Connect Workshop.
The Law-Tech Connect Workshop will be a co-located event with AUVSI XPONENTIAL ’22, which is scheduled to run April 25 – 28, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center-West in Orlando, Florida.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL is one of the biggest annual drone conferences. And in 2021, a year when many drone events either were virtual-only or called off completely, AUVSI’s 2021 conference was one of just a few that still went, albeit as a hybrid event (with the option to attend virtually or in-person). And in 2022, it’s set to expand with targeted, industry-specific workshops including the Law-Tech Connect Workshop.
About the Law-Tech Connect Workshop
This one-day educational event is scheduled for Monday, April 25 (which is the first day of AUVSI XPONENTIAL ’22) and is intended to connect attorneys and other unmanned ecosystem thought leaders with legal, regulatory and policy knowledge relating to not just drones, but general autonomy and advanced air mobility.
Among its agenda topics: drone law/regulation updates, artificial intelligence policy, public-private partnership legal authorities, the law of the air/land/sea, intellectual property and aviation and privacy law.
“This year’s XPONENTIAL focus is on facilitating the successful integration of unmanned and autonomous systems at scale in our society,” AUVSI Director of Industry Education, Keely Griffith said in a prepared statement. “The intersection with law and policy is a critical point in our targeted educational programming, and we are pleased to partner with P3 Tech to offer attendees a deep dive into the issues that will impact the industry’s long-term success.”
The workshop qualifies as an accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for attorneys. The Florida Bar has certified the day-long program for a total of 8 CLE credits (7 General credits and 1 Substance Abuse credit). This may be also used to self-certify in other states. Though, its organizers designed the event to be valuable for more than just attorneys, as it will include top-tier legal and policy information for everyone with an interest in the critical legal, regulatory and policy aspects of the drone industry.
The Law-Tech Connect Workshop will be led by Colorado-based P3 Tech Consulting, which is a veteran- and woman-owned business led by Dawn Zoldi (Colonel, USAF Retired), a licensed attorney and globally renowned industry expert who dedicated 28 years of service to the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate, Associate General Counsel and U.S. Air Force Academy leader and the host of the popular weekley Dawn of Drones podcast. Among the panelists and faculty set for the 2022 Law-Tech Connect Workshop:
- Federal Aviation Administration’s “Drone Guy” Kevin Morris
- Greg Reverdiau of the Pilot Institute
- Glen Lynch, CEO Volatus Aerospace
- Jon Damush, CEO Iris Automation
- Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly
- Lisa Ellman, Global UAS Practice Chair at Hogan & Lovells
- Sarah Nilsson, Associate Professor of Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
- Jennifer Richter, Partner at Akin Gump
- Commander Tracy Reynolds, JAG USN,
- Susan Eccles, Special Counsel at Adams & Reese
- Mary-Caitlin Ray, Aviation Attorney at Crowell Moring
Registration fees start at $349, which include the program, all meals and an XPO Hall pass, though they go up after early registration ends on March 25. Other add-ons can also be purchased, including the VIP Influencer reception and the ability to purchase Zoldi’s newly-released drone law text book.
Discounts may be available upon request for government employees, active duty military, students, American Bar Association and Florida Bar members and non-profits.
Expect AUVSI XPONENTIAL ’22 to see a big comeback this year after many skipped business travel in 2020 and 2021. AUVSI says it expects to host thousands of attendees at this year’s conference, which is anticipated to showcase more than 650 exhibitors sprawling across more than two football fields of exhibit space.