Future Law: Michael Madison

November 5, 2019

Michael Madison is training lawyers to succeed in the 21st century as leaders and collaborators in the legal profession, in their communities, and in the innovation economy.  He’s always been on the cutting edge, whether it be the internet in the 1990s or artificial intelligence of today.  His upbringing in the Silicon Valley may have something to do with it.  However, in the 1960s and 70s when people were jumping into advancing computer and tech industry, Madison decided on a different trajectory.     

About Madison

Michael Madison, JD is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Madison is also a Senior Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security.


Key Highlights:

  • 1:20 What it was like growing up in what is now known as Silicon Valley
  • 2:10 Mother was a journalist 
  • 3:30 Why he decided to major in political science
  • 4:30 Transitioning from political science to law   
  • 5:45 First jobs as a practicing lawyer   
  • 7:00 Law before and after the internet
  • 8:50 Teaching the next generation of lawyers to be more proactive and dynamic  
  • 11:20 A big topic that’s always top of mind:  infrastructure
  • 14:30 Pittsburgh uniquely embraces its past.
  • 16:00 Getting different disciplines to come together and talk with one another
  • 17:45 Combining strengths in science and technology with the arts and culture
  • 20:00 A podcast he hosts with colleagues in Australia - The Future Law Podcast
  • 21:45 Soccer is a big part of his life and goes way back to when he was a kid  
  • 23:05 One word to describe himself