Erika Concetta Pagano

DIRECTOR, LawWithoutWalls
lecturer in law, university of miami
guest faculty, IE UNIVERSITY


Erika is a lawyer, culture creator, innovator, and educator. Her mission is to explore and develop the future of the legal profession through communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Erika is also a speaker, independent consultant, and facilitator to law firms and corporate legal departments, focusing on problem solving, culture creation, teaming, technology, and cross-border initiatives. 

At Miami Law, Erika teaches Innovation, Technology, and the Law with Michele DeStefano. Erika also teaches an Innovation, Technology, and the Law course as Guest Faculty at IE University.

She is a Miami Dean & Trustee for the Awesome Foundation, sits on the National Advisory Council for Law School Transparency, is an active member of the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program, co-chair of the Class of 2008 Alumni Committee, and serves as faculty advisor for the Miami Law chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

She received her B.S.F.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she served on the boards of GUSAGIRC, and NAIMUN, and completed coursework at Peking University and East China Normal University. She received her J.D., Magna cum laude, from the University of Miami, where she was Managing Editor of Miami Law Review, Law School representative to the University Board of Trustees, and a James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Scholar. Erika is also an LWOW alumna (2012). 

Recent Press, Publications, and Appearances


(Autumn 2018) Publication: Transforming Lawyer-Client Collaboration and Creating Lasting Change through LawWithoutWalls (working title; co-authored with Michele DeStefano), a chapter in Legal Tech: Die Digitalisierung des Rechtsmarkts (International Edition; edited by Markus Hartung, Micha-Manuel Bues, Gernot Halbleib)

APRIL 2018

@ Democratic Women's Club of Indian River County (Vero Beach, FL); Press: "Vero native Erika Pagano to address scholars at luncheon," (TCPalm, Mar. 30, 2018)

march 2018

@ Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, ON) Erika guest speaks in Monica Goyal's course on the power and potential of the ignite presentation format in the context of the changing legal landscape. 

@ IE University (Madrid, Spain); YouTube videos: Long form, Teaser

@ Legal Innovation and Education Workshop, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, ON) Erika presents on lessons as, from, and by a millennial law professor teaching across 5 generations, and opens a session on innovation in legal education.

february 2018

@ University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) Erika served as a judge for the Sydney edition of the Global Legal Hackathon

@ University of Florida College of Law (Gainesville, FL) Erika guest lectures in the "What Every Lawyer Should Know about Business" course.

@ Hacking the Future, University of Miami Law Review Symposium (Coral Gables, FL) Erika opens and moderates a panel on AI and the law.

october 2017

@ Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (Denver, CO) Erika is a panelist on how legal services are adapting to the needs of legal consumers.

@ Ross Intelligence #LegalTechLives (Press) Erika is interviewed on LWOW, legal tech, legal ed, and her background.

February 2017

@ University College London (London, UK) Erika guest lectures the 2017 LawWithoutWalls UCL Cohort.


@ University College London (London, UK) Erika guest lectures incoming LawWithoutWalls students.

JULY 2016

@ #JDHorizons by Janders Dean (Sydney, Australia) Erika speaks on transforming today's law students into tomorrow's 21st century lawyer leaders through LawWithoutWalls.

@ ILEC 2016, Fordham University (New York, NY) Erika speaks on innovation, technology, and LawWithoutWalls. 

@ Legal Hackers World Summit (New York, NY) Erika speaks on innovation, technology, and LawWithoutWalls. 

MARCH 2016

@ Diversity in Law Day at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) Erika speaks to local high school students and Big Brothers Big Sisters participants on looking ahead to law school and present-day skill-building. 

@ Miami Scholars Conference at Greenberg Traurig (Miami, FL) Erika speaks on approaching law school while continuing to hone 21st Century professional skills.


@ Lawlapalooza, Columbia University (New York, NY) Erika speaks on innovation, technology, and LawWithoutWalls. 


@ Powerful Conversations, Panelist (Voice America) with Monica Bay, Elaine Johnson James, and Monica Phillips on women, technology, and the law. 

@ III Points, Activation: On the Grid/Off the Grid (Miami, FL) Erika joins Mikhail Shvartsman and Paul Souferis on an Activation focusing on issues surrounding online presence and privacy.

@ Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (Denver, CO) Erika speaks on student and community outcomes after five years of LawWithoutWalls.

september 2015

@ Ignite Law Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV) Erika was selected, by popular vote, to speak at #ignitelawlv. Her ignite is entitled "Coding, Chinese, and Cinematography: Portrait of a 21st Century Lawyer?"

Courses Taught


LWOW Original, LWOW X (co-taught with Michele DeStefano)

FALL 2017

Guest Faculty @ IE University: Innovation, Technology, and the Law Workshop


LWOW Original, LWOW X (co-taught with Michele DeStefano)


LWOW Original, LWOW X (co-taught with Michele DeStefano)

spring 2015

LWOW Original, LWOW X, LWOW X Compliance (co-taught with Michele DeStefano)

FALL 2014

Innovation, Technology, and the Law (Miami Law; co-taught with Michele DeStefano)


LawWithoutWalls, LWOW X (co-taught with Michele DeStefano)

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