Meet the Team

The Director

Fred Lederer

Fredric (Fred) I. Lederer is Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT) at William & Mary Law School.

He received his B.S. from Polytechnic University in New York and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review and the recipient of the Archie O’Dawson prize (which provided for study with judges at each of the three levels of the federal courts, including Justice Harlan of the Supreme Court). He holds an LL.M. from the University of Virginia. His post-graduate work includes a year as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Freiburg, Germany. He served as an active duty of the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps until 1980 when he joined the William & Mary faculty. He has served as prosecutor, defense counsel, and trial judge.

Professor Lederer’s areas of specialization include evidence, trial practice, criminal procedure, military law, legal technology, and the legal implications of Artificial Intelligence and related technologies. He was one of the founders of the ABA prize winning William & Mary Legal Skills Program in which all students spent two years in practice (simulated) law firms in which they learned professional ethics, legal research and writing, interviewing, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and basic trial and appellate practice – much in the form of simulated client representation. He also teaches technology augmented trial practice using the sophisticated equipment in the McGlothlin Courtroom.

Professor Lederer is the author or co-author of twelve books, numerous articles, two law-related education television series, and a popular series of Fairytale Trials for elementary and middle school students.

Advisory Team

Nancy Archibald

Nancy Archibald oversees CLCT’s financial management, edits documents, and provides pertinent background information needed with respect to CLCT projects, William & Mary Law School, and the College of William & Mary generally. She served as CLCT’s full-time Associate Director for Operations and Administration until June 24, 2015, and she returned to assist CLCT part-time a month later. She originally joined the CLCT staff in July of 2000 after teaching for seven years in public schools.

Martin Gruen

Martin Gruen is the Deputy Director Emeritus for CLCT and the Managing Member of Martin E. Gruen Consulting, LLC. He brings over forty years of experience in providing court technology systems to the legal community. Initially concentrating in the areas of sound reinforcement and audio recording, Mr. Gruen has now emerged as a national expert in court-related high-technology legal uses. As founder and president of Applied Legal Technologies, Mr. Gruen designed many of the nation’s state-of-the-art court technology installations and has served as a consultant to several major legal technology manufacturers.

Honorable Herbert Dixon, (Ret.)

Honorable Herbert Dixon (Ret.), D.C. Superior Court is Senior Legal Advisor to CLCT.

Richard K. Herrmann, Esq.

Richard K. Herrmann, Esq. is director of the Center for Law Practice Technology and Visiting Professor at Delaware Law School.

Richard K. Herrmann has practiced various forms of complex litigation for more than 40 years. For 12 years, he chaired the Delaware Supreme Court Commission of Continuing Legal Education. Richard also served as Co-Chair of the Delaware Supreme Court Commission on Law and Technology and Director of the Center of Law Practice Technology at Delaware Law School.

In 1983 Richard began to lecture nationally for IBM relating to law firm technology. In 1989, as a member of the Superior Court Complex Litigation Task Force he developed the concept of electronic filing and electronic briefs. In 1999, he was appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Millennium Task Force, assisting in drafting rules relating to aspects of technology arbitration.

Richard began teaching technology related courses at Delaware Law School in 1993 and later at William & Mary Law School and the National Judicial College. He continues to teach electronic discovery and other aspects of technology at Delaware Law School, and to the Bench and Bar. He is the co-author of the book The Millennium Lawyer 2001, and continues to publish as a columnist for the Delaware State Bar Association’s Journal, and the American Inns of Court Bencher magazines.  Richard is on the Executive Committee of the Richard K. Herrmann Technology Inn of Court and serves as Senior Legal Advisor at CLCT.

Senior Research Fellows

Daniel Shin

Daniel Shin is the Cybersecurity Researcher at CLCT. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his M.A. from the University of Mannheim in Germany. He received his J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where he was a CLCT Graduate Fellow. Mr. Shin is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

While in law school, Mr. Shin focused his legal studies on the intersection of technology and law, including Fourth Amendment search and seizure jurisprudence, national security law, and Rules of Evidence on authenticating digital exhibits.

Currently, Mr. Shin is actively participating in activities of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative’s Coastal Virginia Node and curates CLCT’s Cybersecurity and Information Security Newsletter. His research area focuses on legal issues as they pertain to cybersecurity, blockchain technology, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. Specifically, his interests involve the implications of deep learning technology and its social and legal impact on privacy and civil liberties.

Chris Shenefiel

Chris Shenefiel is a CCI Senior Cyber Law Researcher and an Adjunct for Computer Science at William and Mary. He teaches a graduate and undergraduate course in Applied Cybersecurity for the William and Mary Computer Science Department and guest lectures and performs Cyber Law research in the Law School. Previously, he worked for Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for selecting, funding and managing cybersecurity research programs. He also served as a Data Scientist; uncovering security vulnerability trends and defining ways to improve Cisco’s cybersecurity.

Mr. Shenefiel has over 30 years of advanced technology experience in engineering, marketing, consulting and general business management with several of the world’s largest communications corporations including Motorola, Southwestern Bell, and AT&T Communications in capacities that include software design, user interface design, applied R&D, professional services, project management and product management. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters in Engineering Psychology and recently earned a Franklin Fellowship at William and Mary Law School.