Jay E. Ray
Co-Director, Institute for Law and Technology

Jay E. Ray is Director of the Institute for Energy Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Technology. Prior to joining CAIL he was General Counsel for Pipeline Integrity Resources, Inc. (“PIR”) Before becoming PIR’s first General Counsel in 2012, he was a commercial litigator and appellate attorney in Dallas and Collin counties for fifteen years. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He has extensive experience in managing non-profit legal associations. He served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s 150,000 member Young Lawyers Division in 2006-07 and served as an officer or council member of that organization for ten years. He has served on the Council of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division since 2006, including its Executive Committee for the past three years. He has also served in the ABA House of Delegates for eleven years as a delegate for the State Bar of Texas and two ABA divisions and served on numerous other ABA boards and committees. He previously served on the board of directors of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. He has worked with numerous young lawyer associations in the United States, Canada and Europe, including as a facilitator of strategic and tactical planning sessions. He has been a keynote or program speaker at numerous bar conferences in the United States, Canada and Europe. He lives in McKinney with his wife, Susan, and son, Joshua, and has been active in his community, including serving as Chair of the City of McKinney’s Park, Recreation and Open Spaces Advisory Board and as President of the McKinney Ice Hockey Club.

Mark P. Smith
Vice President, The Center for American and International Law
Co-Director, Institute for Law and Technology

Mark Smith is Vice President of The Center for American and International Law. He serves as Dean of The Center’s Academy of American and International Law, and directs The Center’s Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law as well as the Institute for Law and Technology. He is also responsible for The Center’s programs on Actual Innocence. Mark previously was the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar and served as Assistant to the Executive Director of the American Bar Association. He has chaired the Dallas Committee for International Visitors and was President of the Volunteer Center of Collin County. He has taught public sector strategic planning and contemporary American conflicts at the University of Texas at Dallas and served on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Mark received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and law degree from Yale University.