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

Two notes for January, one happy and one sad.

To start on a positive note, the Cyberspace Law Institute & Winter Working Meeting in San Diego at the end of this month promises fantastic CLE speakers and legal discussions, a peek at the technology of contemporary satellites, and work on publication and thought projects important to moving cyberspace law forward. We are also hosting the first ever Legal Prototype Jam on Thursday, January 26. Join us.

Please also note the passing of our friend, colleague and cyberspace law pioneer, Elaine Ziff. Former Committee Chair Candace Jones has written a thoughtful and moving tribute in our January newsletter. We are considering projects reflecting Elaine's contributions to the history of Internet contracting, and will discuss the possibilities at the Winter Working Meeting. Elaine's legacy of groundbreaking work and wry humor will be also be toasted at the meeting. We miss her.

Stay warm this month, and if you can't do that, join us in San Diego.

Ted Claypoole
Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee

Do you want to work with hackers to help small businesses better use SaaS?

Then join the San Diego tech community and fellow cyberspace attorneys on January 26, 2017, 6–8:30 p.m. for a Prototype Jam!

Small businesses often struggle to get the legal support they need. This unique Prototype Jam, sponsored by two
American Bar Association groups (the Cyberspace Law Committee and the Legal Analytics Joint Working Group), will help entrepreneurs take advantage of SaaS and cloud service contracts with appropriate legal protection.

Held the evening before the ABA’s Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting, the jam will be hosted by WeWork San Diego at its new 600 B Street location. Prizes will be awarded for the designs that best prototype ideas for helping small businesses review and evaluate SaaS and cloud service contracts. Registration is FREE! No technical skills are required (of the lawyers or law students). Dinner and refreshments will be served.

Kira Systems, LexPredict, and Bloomberg BNA are generously sponsoring the event and will provide judges to evaluate the prototype designs generated during the jam. Additional support is provided by WeWork and Legal Hackers.

And don’t forget to register for the Cyberspace Law Institute taking place on January 27-28 at the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.

Registration for both events is open now:

For just the Prototype Jam, January 26, 6-8:30 p.m.,
register here. Questions? Contact Warren Agin at

For the Cyberspace Law Institute, January 27-28, (with or without the jam) register here. Questions? Contact Cheryl Balough at


Cyberspace Committee Publications and Programs

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ABA Business Law Section Programs

Section Events

    Beyond the Promise to Pay: How Security Interests Help Ensure a Successful Lending Transaction


    Even a well-drafted loan agreement can spell losses for your lending clients if the borrower fails to pay or becomes insolvent. To help avert such problems, many lenders take a UCC Article 9 security interest in the borrowers personal property assets (including inventory, equipment, receivables and/or ...

    2017 Cyberspace Law Institute

    San Diego

    Advance Registration is now CLOSED. Registration for the meeting, event and dinner ticket purchases must now take place onsite at the U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego, CA. Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be granted for all written ...

    2017 Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Meeting

    Montage Laguna Beach
    Laguna Beach

    Advance Registration is now CLOSED. Registration for the meeting and event ticket purchases must now take place onsite at the Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA beginning 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Cancellation Policy: Refunds ...

Other Programs of Interest

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