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Rediscovering Drones: Partners in a Pandemic and Beyond


Speaker(s): Gail Gottehrer, Jamie Winders
Recorded on: May. 4, 2020
PLI Program #: 299549

Jamie Winders is the Founding Director of Syracuse University's Autonomous Systems Policy Institute. Trained as an urban geographer, Jamie brings more than 15 years of experience in creating and facilitating interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives. She has devoted her career to finding ways to cross methodological and disciplinary lines in her own scholarship and to linking insights from academic scholarship to wider policy and advocacy conversations. Jamie's research interests and expertise in autonomous systems include questions related to data ethics, ownership, and governance; impacts on marginalized communities and the built environment; the future of work; and public perception/acceptance.


After practicing law at law firms for over 20 years, Gail recently founded her own firm, where her practice focuses on emerging technologies-related litigation and counseling, including autonomous vehicle regulation, drones, robots, artificial intelligence, AI ethics, biometrics, facial recognition, the IoT, data privacy, and cybersecurity.  She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.

Gail teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Rutgers University’s Leading Disruptive Innovation Program, and a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.

In addition to being appointed to the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, Gail serves as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Technology and the Legal Profession Committee, and is a member of NYSBA’s Transportation Committee.  She is the New York Regional Co-Chair for the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Co-Chair of the Programming Committee of the ABA’s Woman Advocate Committee, Vice-Chair of the ABA-TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ IP & Technology Affinity Group, Editor of the ABA’s Pretrial Practice and Discovery Newsletter, and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.

Gail was selected as one the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM and one of the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.  Gail is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.