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

Welcome to the summer, cyberspace lawyers. Keep an eye on the website and this space because over the summer we expect to be starting a new book project and will need all the serious volunteers we can find to write chapters or parts of chapters for our new publication. Topics and leaders to be discussed and described soon. We will make an announcement on the listserv.

We are officially set to hold the Cyberspace Law Committee’s Winter Working Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 29-30. We’ll have content meetings and CLE at the brand new conference center that Dean Jon Garon has built in the Nova College of Law, and hotel at the beach with shuttles in between. We are also thinking about supplementing the meeting with a half-day Enterprise Resilience Workshop, to focus on the next important topic in data security. Please let me know your thoughts on the possibility of this workshop and how it fits into the Committee’s mission.

Committee leadership just proposed a fistful of CLE panels for the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Chicago this September, and a group of others we will co-sponsor. Chicago should turn out to be an excellent meeting with cutting edge presentations. We will have a special Chicago-based speaker at the Committee Meeting -- Michael Heilmann, Executive Vice President, Wi-Tronix, LLC, who will talk about his company’s digital, Internet-based train management system which can be used to prevent accidents like the recent Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. Wi-Tronix is a perfect illustration of how the Internet of Things can change the way that our old-school industries operate and grow, marrying the cyber world with the industrial world.

If you weren’t able to join the Cyberspace Law Committee-sponsored Business Basics webinar on the nuts and bolts of data privacy law, we will likely offer other webinars in the coming months. The “Nuts and Bolts” webinar, organized brilliantly by past Committee chair Jon Rubens, hosted more than 500 attendees and spawned some terrific privacy conversations. We are considering webinars on the law surrounding social media and on an introduction to data analytics, so let me know if you are interested in participating in any of these topics.

Stay tuned. We plan to be very active this summer and we would love your participation.

Ted Claypoole, Chair


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