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 need your proposals for presentations in Chicago next fall at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting. What topics interest you? Are we all prepared for the new European privacy rules? Are the old ones working for U.S. business? Is there more to financial technology in 2017 than blockchain? Will the change in administration affect regulation of U.S. cyberbusiness? Is cyberinsurance necessary? How have cloud contracts evolved to support customer needs? Pull together a talk or a panel discussion and advance legal thinking. We need the proposals before the end of April.

The Spring Meeting in New Orleans went well, with several excellent meetings and CLEs and a terrific creole dinner at Mother’s restaurant. The Section Dinner included a ride around the Crescent City on Mardi Gras floats.

Two of our committee’s books are nearly ready for publication, so keep an eye out for the release of Social Media Law, edited by Val Surgenor and John Isaza, and for Cyberspace Due Diligence in M & A Transactions, edited by Tom Smedinghoff and Roland Trope. Both should be released by the Business Law Section this spring or summer. And what about you? Is there a cyberspace legal book that is welling up inside you? Let us know. We can release it together.

Ted Claypoole
Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee


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Recent Program Documents

ABA Business Law Section Programs

Section Events

    Small Business Capital Formation after the JOBS Act: Where Do We Stand?


    The program will review the small business capital-raising initiatives made possible by the JOBS Act, and focus on the ways in which the markets have developed to accommodate these offerings. The initiatives that will be reviewed will be crowdfunding, offerings under revised Regulation A, and placements ...

    Nonprofit Law Basics


    The program will involve an overview of legal issues relating to nonprofit corporations with a focus on formation of nonprofit corporations, tax issues (including tax-exempt applications and annual filings) and governance

    2017 Business Bar Leader Conference

    Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel

    Registration and Thursday Night Dinner is complimentary for Registrant On-Line Event Registration Release In the interest of furthering the ABAs creation, promotion and distribution of educational/informational materials (both now and in the future), I understand ...

Other Programs of Interest

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