The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence, Plus a Special Online Benefit Concert

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Friday, October 2: Seminar: 6:00 pm | Concert: 7:00 pm ET
  • Online Benefit Concert Plus Optional CLE
MCLE Credit 1.0 (Ethics: 1.0 Pending)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee:

Concert only - $10 per household
Concert and CLE combined - $65                                       


Why Attend?

Virginia CLE® in collaboration with the Nashville Songwriters Association International and our signature sponsor Sensei Enterprises, Inc., are pleased to continue our “concert plus CLE“ series.

The 1-hour online CLE Program is The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: What Lawyers Need to Know taught by national experts Sharon Nelson and John Simek, on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 6 p.m. ET. Our fifth online concert in this series will follow, featuring Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Tim Nichols at 7 pm ET.

Sponsored by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: What Lawyers Need to Know

Artificial intelligence has been a huge boon to the legal profession. But there’s a reason that the experts are talking about “dark AI” crimes (spoiler alert: the most dangerous crimes involve deep fakes) and fretting about the decisions made by “black box” AI.

To be competent, an attorney needs to understand how AI works – and may indeed be required to use AI if it would reduce costs/produce faster, more reliable results, etc.  How does an attorney measure the transparency and trustworthiness of AI? How would a lawyer know whether AI technology reflects the biases and prejudices of its developers and trainers, leading to skewed results?

In August 2019, the American Bar Association adopted a long-awaited resolution urging courts and lawyers “to address the emerging ethical and legal issues related to the usage of artificial intelligence (“AI”) in the practice of law.”

Developments since then have been fast and furious. Join our experts as they explain a lawyer’s ethical considerations when evaluating and using AI in your law practice.


Inducted into the 2017 class of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, award winning songwriter, Tim Nichols has been writing hit songs and entertaining audiences for over two decades. A veteran in the country music industry, and a well-known personality across the country, he’s become one of the genre’s most respected and well-liked members.

He’s known for an easy-going, honest manner, creative lyrics and comic banter onstage when playing live shows. Much like what’s playing on the radio, Nichols’ music has evolved over the years. He has won countless BMI awards as well as accolades from CMA, ACM and NSAI organizations.

While fans of classic country music appreciate his number one hits for artists like Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Keith Whitley, Lee Ann Womack and multiple others, newcomers are just as thrilled about his recent work. You might recognize a current Nichols cut by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, or Jana Kramer when he takes the stage in a writer’s show.  

And of course, crowd favorites always include record setting hits like Jo Dee Messina’s ‘Head’s Carolina, Tails’ California’, Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys and Angels”, his Grammy Award winning “Live Like You Were Dying” recorded by Tim McGraw, and Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to Be”. YOU CAN LISTEN TO "THE MAN I WANT TO BE" HERE.

Cost for the CLE program and the online concert is $65. Cost for the online concert only is $10. And as always, the entire share of VACLE revenue will support Virginia Law Foundation grants made to underfunded law-related not-for-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth. 

Nashville Songwriters Association International

Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and aspiring, for over 52 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. To join our dear friends at NSAI as a member, or simply for more information about all they do to make our world more special, please visit

Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Sensei Enterprises, Inc. is a nationally-known cybersecurity, managed IT services, and digital forensics firm, founded in 1997 by Sharon Nelson and John Simek. Sensei provides information technology to hundreds of businesses in the DC Metro area. Sensei provides digital forensics and managed cybersecurity services nationwide. Sharon D. Nelson is a practicing attorney and the president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. She is a past president of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Fairfax Law Foundation. She is a co-author of 18 books published by the ABA. John W. Simek is vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Ethical Hacker and a nationally known expert in the area of digital forensics. He and Sharon provide legal technology, cybersecurity and digital forensics services from their Fairfax, Virginia firm.


Registration Deadline: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for this seminar the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests will be honored through midnight of SEPTEMBER 30. Full refunds may be requested through OCTOBER 5 if you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


CONCERT AND CLE SCHEDULE (October 2) (Eastern Time)

6:00 Online CLE: The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: What Lawyers Need to Know
7:00 Tim Nichols Concert Begins!
8:00 Adjourn



Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics, cybersecurity and information technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia.   

Ms. Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” as well as “Digital Detectives.”

She is a frequent author (eighteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, cybersecurity and electronic evidence topics. She was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013 – June 2014 and a past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation and the Fairfax Bar Association.

She may be reached at

John W. Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax

Mr. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., an information technology, digital forensics and information security firm located in Fairfax, VA. Mr. Simek has a national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has testified as an expert witness throughout the United States. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Simek holds the prestigious CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certifications. He is also holds multiple technical certifications for diverse technologies to include Microsoft, Novell, mobile devices, digital forensics and computer networking environments. Mr. Simek is also a member of the High Tech Crime Network as well as the American Bar Association and the Fairfax Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Law Foundation and Fairfax CASA.

He is a past chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2019, co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives, and a co-author of eighteen books to include Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, 2nd Edition (American Bar Association 2016), Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers (American Bar Association, 2015) and The 2008-2020 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide: Critical Decisions Made Simple (American Bar Association, 2008-2020) as well as other titles. He is a frequent author and speaker on information security, legal technology and electronic evidence throughout the country. He blogs at and may be reached at

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