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Speakers added to June 20 Symposium focused on connected and autonomous vehicle advances

The Third Annual Butzel Long Connected Car Symposium will provide key insight on the latest developments from top southeast Michigan experts including: Paul Krutko, President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, Renee Phillips, Counsel, General Motors; Houman Shadab, Co-Founder, New York-based Clause.IO; Will Orlewicz, Corporate Counsel; Magnum Manufacturing, and, Butzel Long attorneys.

A half-day program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Zingerman’s Greyline, located at 100 N. Ashley Street in Ann Arbor.
The cost is $99 per person and includes a networking lunch.

Program topics include:

• The Future of Mobility Standards, Guidelines, and a Patchwork of State Laws: Adapting to a Moving (or Stalled) Regulatory Target;

• So You Want to Design Driverless Car Components: Helping Engineers Manage New Legal Design Considerations and Ethical Implications;

• Staying Ahead of the Digital Curve: Hot Topics in Automotive Privacy, Cyber and GDPR;

• New Methods of Contracting: Blockchain as the Backbone for Smart Contracts; and,

• Who’s Responsible? A Pane Discussion on Liability and the Autonomous Vehicle

Feature presenters include Butzel Long attorneys Jennifer Dukarski, David DeVine, Catherine Karol, Claudia Rast, Daniel Rustmann, David Devine and Mitch Zajac.

“This month, more than 30 automotive and tech companies joined forces on an automotive blockchain initiative,” said Jennifer Dukarski, leader of Butzel Long’s Connected Car Working Group. “Blockchain is so much more than cryptocurrency. It could drive our new mobility future.”

“We will explore potential uses of blockchain and smart contracts in the auto industry through a live demo, led by one of the leaders in smart contracts: Houman Shadab of,” she said. “Engineers and designers will also benefit, as we will discuss the ethical and technical challenges facing the design decisions they make in autonomous and connected vehicles. We will highlight unique concerns and tools to reduce the risks in product design.”

This program is designed for anyone in the connected automotive world including: automotive executives, automotive supplier executives, engineering teams, in house legal teams, compliance officers, insurance professionals, IT professionals and risk managers.

Register online at For inquiries, contact Tina Raia at 313-983-6985.

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