American Bar Association
Cyberspace Law Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Cyberspace Law Committee

What is the Cyberspace Law Committee?

The mission of the Cyberspace Law Committee is to provide a forum for the analysis of corporate, transactional and regulatory issues related to the internet and digital technologies.

Committee Facts
  • The Committee works in a wide range of legal disciplines including electronic commerce and contracts, consumer protection, intellectual property, cybersecurity and privacy, jurisdiction, internet governance, and online financial activities
  • The Committee seeks to identify and address legal, business, and consumer issues affected by the implementation of emerging technologies and to facilitate the creation of legal infrastructures that protect and support electronic commerce
  • The Committee provides practical tools and guidance both for practitioners who regularly deal with cyberlaw issues and for those who encounter them only occasionally

Areas of Expertise

  • Privacy, information security and cybersecurity
  • Ecommerce, online contracting and international trade
  • Electronic banking, online financial transactions, and payments
  • Intellectual property protection in the digital world
  • Mobile/telecommunications, digital media and Internet infrastructure and governance

Welcome From The Chair

We are looking forward to the Business Law Section 2015 Spring Meeting, which will take place April 15-18 in San Francisco. Register and join us.

In addition to the 60+ CLE programs offered, the Cyberspace Law Committee has a wonderful agenda planned:

  • Arrive early on Wednesday, April 15, and join us for a short hike in the Redwoods in Marin County and/or dinner in Sausalito. See below for more details.

  • On Thursday, April 16, we have a full day of committee, subcommittee and task force meetings to move forward with the many projects that took shape at Winter Working Meeting. Access the schedule here.

  • We are sponsoring three CLE programs:

    • Remote Disablement via the Internet - coordinated by John Rothchild - Friday, April 17, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    • Right to Be Forgotten - coordinated by David Satola - Friday, April 17, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    • Data Privacy Due Diligence in M&A Transactions - coordinated by Robert Bond - Saturday, April 18, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

We also have the committee dinner planned -- a fun way to enjoy San Francisco street food and your fellow cyberspace lawyers.

See this month's newsletter for all the details, and register now. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

Ted Claypoole, Chair

The Not-to-Be-Missed Joint Committee Dinner at Spring Meeting - April 16

Once again, the Cyberspace Law Committee has coordinated what promises to be the most fun committee dinner at Spring Meeting. Thanks to our former co-chair (and San Francisco resident) Jon Rubens, we will enjoy dinner under the stars at SOMA StrEat Food Park on Thursday, April 16. We once again will be joined by the Corporate Compliance, Corporate Counsel, Health Law and Life Sciences, Intellectual Property, White-Collar Crime, and Young Lawyer Committees, who know whom to hang out with for a good time.

SOMA StrEat Food Park, located just a 5-minute cab ride south of the Marriott Hotel, is a park with a rotating supply of 15-20 upscale food trucks. We have reserved the "School Bus" (a large, indoor-outdoor party space). Your dinner ticket gives you entrance into the park and the reserved private party space, along with food and drink vouchers that you can redeem at any of the food trucks and drink trucks in the park. We are most grateful to Ernst & Young LLP for sponsoring our dinner, which means that your ticket for all this is just $30!

Don't miss out on this event! You need to buy your ticket in advance and can do so here.

Special Cyberspace Law Excursion in San Francisco - April 15

The Cyberspace Committee has planned a group hike in the Redwoods just north of San Francisco, in Marin County's famous Muir Woods National Monument, which was designated a National Monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and was the first federal or state park in the Bay Area.

A small bus will pick up our group from the Ferry Dock in Sausalito on Wednesday, April 15 at 3:00 pm., following the 2:30 ferry from the Ferry Building in SF. The bus will take us partway up the slopes of Marin's Mt. Tamalpais, for a fantastic view out over the Bay, and to a trailhead, from where we will enjoy a leisurely 1 1/2 - 2 hour hike down into Muir Woods. The bus will pick the group up at the Muir Woods entrance and drive us back to Sausalito for a (non-hosted / pay-on-your own) seafood dinner at the restaurant FISH in Sausalito by the boat docks on the North side of town (cash only so plan accordingly), after which the bus will take the group back to the Marriott in San Francisco.

The excursion will cost $30 per person, payable 1 week in advance, to cover the transportation, but not including the one-way ferry. The excursion is limited to 25 people, and the limit may have been reached by the time you read this. However, you can still join us at the restaurant for dinner. For more information, please contact Jon Rubens..

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Other Programs of Interest

Bitcoins: What You Need To Know About Virtual Currency
March 25, 2015
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Format: Webinar

Cloud Computing Issues That Trip Lawyers Up
March 25, 2015
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Format: Webinar


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