AI on Trial Showcase: Featuring Andy Warhol

A mock trial showcase presented by AEIVA and the UAB Pre-Law Program

In this mock trial, the Prosecution is bringing charges of copyright infringement against Artificial Intelligence for appropriating images from Traditional Artist without permission.  You as an audience member are part of the jury and following the trial, you can participate in deliberations on the verdict.


Judge Jim Hughey

Attorney for Artificial Intelligence
Christian Brown

Attorney for the Traditional Artist
Emmy Rains

Jan van Reebleheuser (Traditional Artist)
Maggie Cole Stewart

Jury Foreperson
Dr. Stacy Moak

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
ChatGPT on smartphone

Order of Events

  • Welcome
    John Fields –
    Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol endowed Director of AEIVA
  • Introduction
  • Judge calls trial to order
  • Opening Arguments
  • Examination and Cross-examination of witnesses
  • Closing Arguments
  • The judge instructs the jury/audience on the law
  • Jury/audience deliberations with facilitator
  • Jury/audience vote
  • Closing remarks

Thank you for attending tonight’s mock trial and for your participation!


Judge Jim Hughey
Judge Jim Hughey serves as a Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama in Jefferson County. He earned degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Alabama Law Review and received the prestigious Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award for exceptional academic performance, legal writing, and scholarship. Before becoming a judge, he worked in private practice for over a decade, earning recognition as one of the Best Lawyers in America and an Alabama Super Lawyer. Judge Hughey is passionate about advancing the next generation of legal professionals; he has done this by serving as a judge for student speaking contests and conducting mock trials for elementary and middle school students. He has earned numerous accolades for his contributions to the legal profession, including the Judge Drayton James Award from the Young Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association.

Emmy Rains – Attorney for Artificial Intelligence
Hey, my name is Emmy Rains, and I am in my final semester at UAB. My college journey started at Jeff State, where I was on the debate team and placed as the 3rd best speaker in the nation at the IPDA National Tournament in 2022. At UAB, I have had the chance to focus on furthering my writing and research skills with my Professional Writing degree. My next step is to go to law school, where I hope to use my voice, both spoken and written, to help tell the stories of others who struggle to tell their own. My areas of interest include disability advocacy, women’s rights, and litigation. Shout out to my family and my two dogs, the best part of my life

Christian Brown – Attorney for the Traditional Artist
Hi, my name is Christian Brown. I am a senior from Atlanta, GA, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Legal Affairs. I plan to continue my academic journey by attending law school after graduation. My interests include constitutional law, civil liberties, and employment law advocacy. My involvement on campus has been my driving force for advocacy, and I plan to continue supporting those in need as I enter my legal career. You can find me in the gym, at Lister Hill Library studying, at work, somewhere watching Netflix or at the Chick-fil-A drive-thru!


Maggie Cole Stewart – Jan van Reebleheuser (Traditional Artist)
Hey, I’m Maggie Stewart, a freshman from Pike Road, Alabama. I am majoring in Criminal Justice with minors in Legal Affairs and Political Science. As the youngest member of the UAB competing mock trial team, I’m eager to soak up knowledge and insights from anywhere that I can. Which is why I plan to attend law school after I graduate from UAB!


Dr. Stacy Moak – Jury Foreperson
Stacy Moak is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Alabama Birmingham and holds secondary appointments in Criminal Justice and Social Work. She received a juris doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Moak is a member of the American Political Science Association, the European Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her primary research focus concerns offender reentry and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is also a faculty associate with the Institute for Human Rights and an active advocate for the Offender Alumni Association.