Legal Ethics and Technology in the Digital Age

Speaker Biographies

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Lisa Mebane Barnett joined United Educators in July 2014 as Claims Counsel where she works with Colleges and University as well as K-12 schools to prevent and manage litigation.  Prior to joining United Educators, Ms. Barnett was an attorney in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area where she concentrated her practice in the areas of general liability, higher education law, employment, commercial litigation, and product liability representing several Fortune 500 companies in both state and federal court matters, and she was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law. 

Before beginning her legal practice, Lisa worked as administrator for Chatham College (now Chatham University) in Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from Duquesne University.  Lisa is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Michael Downey

Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly represents lawyers, their clients, judges, and other professionals in high stakes and complex civil litigation and disciplinary proceedings. Michael also serves as outside general counsel to numerous law firms. In 2013, Missouri Lawyers Weekly named Michael a 2014 Most Influential Lawyer as the “go-to legal ethics counsel in Missouri.

Rob Tyler
Rob Tyler is Associate University Counsel and Senior Assistant Attorney General at the University of Virginia, where his practices includes intellectual property, information technology and business transactions. He was appointed in 2015 after twenty years of private practice as an intellectual property lawyer. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.