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ASU Law’s Center for Law, Science and Innovation: advancing science and technology law and policy for over 30 years

As science and technology assume central roles in our lives, economy, and legal system, the Center for Law, Science and Innovation is uniquely positioned as an innovator in teaching and applying science, technology and law. From robotics to genetics, neuroscience to nanotech, LSI’s innovative projects and programs constantly evolve to address challenging governance and policy issues through cutting-edge curriculum, practical experience, conferences and workshops, research projects, and scholarship.

Featured project: Soft Law Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Soft Law AI

This project, which has been made possible by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, gathers leading scholars in law, governance, and AI to investigate the use of “soft law” governance for AI as an alternative to outdated legal and regulatory frameworks that often hinder innovation. Through scholarship, expert workshops, and public engagement, the project will empower policymakers in the U.S. and elsewhere to adopt governance mechanisms that catalyze, not dampen, innovation in AI technology, while allaying fears based on public misperceptions and averting legitimate risks.

Learn more about the project

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation is an established leader in addressing the extraordinary legal and regulatory questions triggered by rapid developments in science and technology. ASU Law was the first in the country to create a center focused on the topics that now make headlines every day.

LSI’s mission is to use law to enable innovation for the betterment of society. By facilitating interdisciplinary efforts among students, faculty, professionals, policy-makers, and industries, the center tackles the shared challenges and themes of emerging technology governance, such as:

  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • Bioethics
  • International Coordination
  • Privacy and Security
  • Pacing Law with Science
  • Big Data, Analytics, and the Internet of Things
  • Human Enhancement
  • Soft Law / Standards
  • Technology and Access to Justice
  • Human Relationships and Technology
  • Technological Unemployment
  • Precautionary Principle
  • Sustainable Technology Development
  • Regulation and Reimbursement

The LSI network

LSI was built on, and continues to engage, a robust network of academics, policy-makers, professionals, and industry. Students and alumni fellows play a critical role in LSI projects, and have opportunities to learn from and work with interdisciplinary experts in their area of interest.

Joshua Abbott, Center Director

Gary E. Marchant, Faculty Director

Debb Relph, Program Coordinator

  • Michael Arkfeld
  • Arnie Calica
  • Dan Christensen
  • Larry Cohen
  • Kirk T. Hartley
  • James (Jim) Hennessy
  • Gerard (Jerry) Lewis
  • Keith Lindor
  • Dawn Marchant
  • Robert (Bob) J. Milligan
  • Roger N. Morris
  • Dr. George Poste
  • K Royal
  • John Shufeldt
  • Judge Roslyn O. Silver
  • Yvonne Stevens
  • Cory Tyszka

To help bridge the gap between rapidly advancing technologies and the laws, regulations, and policies that govern them, the center engages a robust network of academics, policy-makers, professionals, and industry leaders through our volunteer Research Fellows Program. Center Research Fellows contribute in a variety of ways to the work of the Center. A few examples include collaborating on substantive research, helping to organize Center events, and helping our students with networking and professional opportunities. Each Research Fellow’s contribution is valuable and unique, based on individual interests and resources, and each serves for a renewable term of two years. Below is our current roster of Research Fellows.

  • Raj Abhyanker
  • Arellano Alexis
  • Sarah Arnold
  • Casey Ball
  • Jamie Balson
  • Kalyn Behnke
  • Elizabeth Bertram
  • Samuel Blake
  • Benjamin Bryce
  • Lauren Burkhart
  • Michelle Burlin
  • Jennifer Chapman
  • Eric Chen
  • Danielle Chronister
  • Robert Clarke
  • Casey Clowes
  • Victoria Cook
  • Rachel Coor
  • Robert Copple
  • Alicia Corbett
  • Josh Covey
  • Michael Croweak
  • Rebecca DeWitt
  • Michael Donovan
  • Alek Emery
  • Alexandra Izuel Evans
  • Lauren Ferrigni
  • Diva Galan
  • Lundyn Garrett
  • Scott Gibson
  • Kia Grass
  • Chelsea Gulinson
  • Derek Hamilton
  • Katherine Hanna
  • Corey Harbison
  • Ashley Hardy
  • Tessa Hustead
  • Ross Kader
  • Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel
  • Lyn Gaudet Kiehl
  • Daniel Kolomitz
  • Peter Krehbiel
  • Vanessa Lancaster
  • Amanda Lewis
  • Daniel Libbey
  • Gabriel Abad Lim
  • Rachel Lindor
  • Kellie Manders
  • Ian McLane
  • Robert Makar
  • Anthony Marenna
  • Anthony Marino
  • Nathaniel May
  • Mason McCarty
  • David Medina
  • Courtney Moran
  • May Mowzoon
  • Jennifer Murphey
  • Neil Malamuth
  • Robin Nagele
  • Nisha Noroian
  • Justin Powley
  • Joshua Rayes
  • Rebecca Reiben
  • Brian Richardson
  • K Royal
  • Susan Russo
  • Heather Sapp
  • Daniel Schwiebert
  • Kristyne Shaaf-Olson
  • Angelica Simpson
  • Bridget Smith
  • Shauna Stein
  • Lauren Stewart
  • Tammy Thibodeau
  • Andrew Thiery
  • Lucille Tournas
  • Hannah Vice
  • Johnathon Webb
  • John Webster
  • Sarah Wetter
  • Kim Weidenaar
  • Racheal White Hawk
  • Gregory Wilmoth
  • Alan Witt
  • Karen Wohlgemuth

3L

  • David Carvalho
  • Zachary Cooper
  • Asha Devineni
  • Kaylee Hoffner
  • Ginger Sprong
  • Alec Tyra

2L

  • Mitchell Antalis
  • Madison Budinich
  • Alec Carden
  • Rachel Hill
  • Tyler Hughes
  • Joshua Kalanick
  • Jasmyn Kamal
  • Alexander Kearl
  • Timmy Lee
  • Kristen Morrill
  • Matthew Ruth
  • Sara Selvaraj
  • Austin Vale
  • Yuqing Xu

1L

  • Matthew Adler
  • Avery Cartwright
  • Alicia Curti
  • Jordan DeOrio
  • John-Tyler Iacovetta
  • John Klyver
  • Mitchell Lawler
  • Matthew Lutz
  • Ari Meldrum
  • Shane Padilla
  • Kelsey Weinman
  • Savannah Wix
  • Ken Abbott
  • Ira Ellman
  • Myles Lynk
  • Jonathan Rose
  • Ann Stanton
  • Larry Winer

LSI invites anyone interested in getting more involved, developing collaborations and partnerships, or simply learning more about the legal applications of emerging technologies, to join the LSI Community Board. The Board meets once per semester to educate members about current projects and topics of interest, and to serve as a catalyst for new ideas and community connections. To join, or for more information, e-mail Josh.Abbott@asu.edu.

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation serves as a resource to support and connect our students with unique content, contacts, skills, and resources to prepare them for modern legal practice. ASU Law offers more than 50 law, science, and technology related courses, supported and taught by our 50+ faculty fellows. Programs and projects include annual conferences, workshops and speakers, individual and group research activities, and sci-tech externships and clinical work.

LST Graduate Certificate Application.


Certificate in Law, Science and Technology

JD students can supplement and enhance their degree with the Law, Science and Technology (LST) Certificate. The certificate program includes focused coursework, mentorship, and extracurricular educational opportunities for preparing 21st century lawyers. Please note that this certificate is available only to JD students currently enrolled at ASU Law.

In addition to earning the general LST Certificate, students may choose one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Data, Privacy and Security

For more information on the Law, Science and Technology Certificate, click here.

Strouse Prize for outstanding law students

Each year an outstanding graduate is awarded the Strouse Prize for their exceptional academic strength, personal qualities, and contributions to the Center for Law, Science and Innovation. The Prize was created in memory of Professor Daniel Strouse, whose wisdom, wit, and warmth enhanced the education of hundreds of students. Meet some of our remarkably talented winners.

Contact us

For more information, contact LSI Director Josh Abbott.