New technologies and IT-infrastructures arriving more and more rapidly. Is our legislation to slow or the development to fast and how do you prepare your students for the practice according to this?
Prof. Joseph A. Tomain: Law will always lag behind technological development. One way I help prepare my students is to emphasize the importance of both the theoretical and practical aspects of law. One example I use is the collaboration between attorney Carrie Goldberg and law professors Danielle Citron and Mary Anne Franks in the development and passage of Non-Consensual Pornography laws. These individuals, along with others, worked together to have Non-Consensual Pornography laws passed in almost all the 50 states in the U.S. This is just one example of research and practice coming together to help the law develop to face new challenges resulting from technological development.
Artificial Intelligence – Our final invention. What is your opinion about this phrase according cybersecurity?
Prof. Joseph A. Tomain: One of my favorite quotes comes from the Contracts casebook that I used as a law student and require my current 1Ls to read. The preface concludes: "No study of law is adequate if it loses sight of the fact that law operates first and last for, upon, and through individual human beings." Like all technology, AI can be used for beneficient and malicious purposes. Certainly, AI raises some unique challenges because of the nature of AI, but it also raises the same or similar concerns with all technology.
Ultimately, our focus should be on whether it serves individual human beings. If not, then the law could play a role in limiting uses that could be used to harm actual, living, human beings.
How are your curriculums included inside the LL.M. program?
Prof. Joseph A. Tomain: There are multiple options. Students can specialize in cybesecurity or information privacy. They can specialize in other areas of law as well. Or, they can take a general approach and select courses from across the substantive law spectrum. One of the beauties of Maurer's LL.M programs is in its flexibility. Director Goodwin, myself, and others are always happy to have conversations with individuals about their particular interests and how Maurer can help them achieve their specifc goals.
Compared to other law schools, what is the most outstanding feature of Indiana University to choose for LL.M.?
Prof. Joseph A. Tomain: The flexibility in the curriculum. The faculty and the staff. The diversity of the the student population. The chance to live in lovely Bloomington, Indiana.
Is there an example for a success story started with your program you would tell us?
Prof. Joseph A. Tomain: I have literally never heard any student express regret about choosing Maurer School of Law for their LL.M program. Moreover, I have had many students tell me how much they have enjoyed their legal education at Maurer and living in Bloomington.
Is there a last advice you want to give to our readers who are not sure if they want to choose this program?
Prof. Joseph A. Tomain: My general advice is that people should do what they love. If you are interested in information privacy law or cybersecurity, Maurer School of Law and Indiana University generally are leaders in the field. At the very least, I encourage folks to give Maurer School of Law serious consideration. Finally, I am happy to answer any questions.