David K.A. Mordecai, President of Risk Economics, was appointed as American Bar Association (ABA) Technical Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) Study Committee on Use of Tokens or Other Similar Products in Real Property Transactions. The committee studies the need for and feasibility of a uniform or model act addressing issues related to the use of non-fungible tokens (or other similar products) in the transfer and financing of real property.
David K.A. Mordecai was appointed in 2020 as an ABA technical advisor to the ULC Committee on Mitigation of Public Health Emergency Business Disruptions, which studies the need for and feasibility of one or more uniform state laws providing special rules and procedures to mitigate the impact of an epidemic, a pandemic or other public health emergency on the operation of businesses. He has also served since 2019 as an ABA technical advisor on the ULC Study Committee on Event Data Recorders in Cars which is studying the need for and feasibility of uniform or model state legislation concerning event data recorders and generated vehicle data.
Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Economist of Risk Economics, was appointed in 2020 as an ABA technical advisor to the ULC Committee on Public Health Emergency Authorities committee, which studies and reports on the need for and feasibility of one or more uniform state laws addressing the authority of state governments to respond to epidemics, pandemics and other public health emergencies.
David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda are both active ABA members. Dr. Mordecai serves as Chair of the Science & Technology Law Section Space Law Committee and Co-Chair of Nanotechnology Committee, having previously served as Vice-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee from 2018 to 2022. Ms. Kappagoda is Vice-Chair of three Science & Technology Law Section committees: Insurance Technology and Risk, Big Data and Internet of Things.
Dr. Mordecai has been an invited speaker at the AI & Robotics Institute in both 2021 and 2020. Both Kappagoda and Mordecai were invited speakers at the 2019 American Bar Association Annual Meeting and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference (ABA-IPL) in Crystal City, Virginia.
Kappagoda and Mordecai have recently published an article in the ABA SciTech Lawyer Fall 2022 Unintended Consequences issue entitled Objects May be Closer Than They Appear: Uncertainty and Reliability Implications of Computer Vision Depth Estimation for Vehicular Collision Avoidance and Navigation (Part 1 of 2).
In addition, Dr. Mordecai authored the article Automated Personal Assistants with Multiple Principals: Whose Agent Is It? in the Winter 2020 edition of ABA SciTech Lawyer.