Open Source Legal Training

Our Open Source Legal Training program is designed to provide legal education to practicing attorneys and law students who seek education on open source legal issues. Our presentations include topics such as Open Source Licensing & Compliance, Traditional Copyright Law, Patents/Open Patents, etc. The presentations are intended to ensure in-depth understanding of the subject matter. Open Source is relevant to all attorneys working either in-house or at a law firm. This is because Open Source has become an instrumental part of technological development. Thus, both outside and in-house counsel would be benefited from understanding the legal implications that accompany these licenses. The event will provide instruction on these topics to help attorneys gain knowledge in the subject matter. To participate in this program, please select the Open Source Legal Training option during registration.

Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) has received CLE certification from CalBar. Participants in this course may receive 5.00 MCLE Credit hours, including 1 ethics credit.  SCALE can additionally provide assistance and materials for submitting reciprocal credit requests to the NY BAR assocation. 

Training Materials are available here.



8:45 - 9:00

Registration and Welcome

9:00 - 10:00

Free Software Ethics Quiz Show!
Justin Colannino & Richard Fontana

10:15 - 11:15

Trademarks - Explaining its importance to Engineering & Executives

Pamela Chestek (Moderator), Luis Villa, Jennifer Dumas & Stephen LaPorte

11:30 - 12:30

Employment Contracts - Addressing The Needs of Engineers & Companies
Karen Sandler (Moderator), Tennille Christensen, David Fligor & Andrew Hall

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30

Improving Communications between The Legal & Engineering Teams - Making Licenses Understandable to All

Tennille Christensen (Moderator), Jennifer Dumas, Pamela Chestek & Andrew Hall

2:45 - 3:45

F/OSS Enforcement

Luis Villa (Moderator), Richard Fontana , David Fligor & Karen Sandler

4:00 - 5:00

Bridging the Gender Gap in Tech & IP Law

Michelle Galloway


Networking Event

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00