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 is a California Bar Accredited CLE Activity Provider.   Participants in this course may receive 5.25 MCLE Credit including 1 hour Legal Ethics + 1 hour Elimination of Bias


  1. CLE Information
  2. Required Reading

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Welcome

9:30 - 10:30

Ethics: Free Software Ethics Quiz Show! (Justin Colannino & Richard Fontana)

10:45 - 11:30

Open Source and Employment Law (Karen Sandler)

11:45 - 12:30

Litigation & Open Source: The Application and Enforcement of Open-Source Licenses (Andrew Hall)

12:30 - 1:45

Lunch Break

1:45 - 2:45

Caselaw Panel: APIs/CLIs: The current state of US copyright law (Tennille Christensen, Karen Sandler, David Fligor, Pamela Chestek)

3:00 - 4:00

Panel: Open Source Enforcement (Pamela Chestek, Karen Sandler, David Fligor, Richard Fontana)

4:15 - 5:15

Elimination of Bias: Supporting Diversity at Wikimedia (Zhou Zhou)


Networking Event

  • The compliance deadline for attorneys in Group 2: H-M is 2/1/2018. This event provides a method for attorneys in this group to obtain 5.25 hours of credit prior to the deadline.
  • Attorneys in other groups are encouraged to attend. MCLE credit can be reported towards the 1/31/19 deadline (Group 1: A-G). Please note that even though the California Bar Association extended the deadline for the Group 3 (N-Z), the deadline is March 1, 2017. As a result, this course will not allow you to comply with the due date for 2017.
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00

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