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

Following a successful first Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Chicago last month, the Cyberspace Committee is preparing for an interesting year in 2015. While we are actively seeking new book ideas, we already have the makings of a strong cyberspace mini-theme of articles in November’s Business Law Today, and a terrific set of law-review caliber articles in The Business Lawyer. We also anticipate publishing special items on cloud security and on data privacy concerns in mergers and acquisitions. Please contact us if you want to work on any of these projects or if you have a new project suggestion.

U.S. cyberlaw is seeing an explosion of different state legislative action, from banning biometrics in Florida schools to the California right to clean up teen social media indiscretions to the multi-state effort to ban companies from forcing employees to reveal social media passwords. The U.S. Supreme Court addressed the sanctity of smart phones, and may reach further into the tech world this year. Repercussions of NSA spying are moving through the courts. The Cyberspace Committee will address these issues and more over the next year, through CLE presentations and round table discussions at our Winter Working Meeting, January 23-24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting April 16-18, 2015 in San Francisco, and at the Business Law Section Annual Meeting September 17-19, 2015 in Chicago.

We plan an increased emphasis on international cyberspace legal issues as we follow the Internet’s changing control structures and open a new task force to examine the cyber laws of other countries. Our committees and task forces continue to produce strong presentations at each of the meetings and important writing projects. We welcome yours.

There will also be a new emphasis on finding and retaining the talent of interested lawyers as our new Membership Chairs Lixian Hantover and Mital Patel help expand our outreach to new legal groups and communities. So join us. Add your voice to the growing conversation on law, technology, business and society, and make a difference in the life and thought of Cyberspace.

I look forward to seeing you in Charlotte.

Ted Claypoole, Chair

Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting, January 23-24, 2015

We hope that you have January 23-24, 2015 set aside for the 2015 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting. We will gather in Charlotte, NC at the Omni Hotel. The meeting will include 4-5 hours of CLE programs, roundtable discussions, and work time, as well as chances to mingle and network. Please plan to attend ALL DAY on both January 23 and 24 as the days will be packed.

We still have one or two spots available for CLE programs and openings for several roundtables. Please submit your proposals to us right away, noting that:
1. CLE sessions will be 20, 30, or 40 minutes long; this means no more than 1-2 presenters per program, who must be “live” at the meeting.
2. For CLE programs, original written materials will be required; the deadline for materials is tentatively November 15, 2014. Scholarly papers are welcomed, but not necessary, and detailed PowerPoints are accepted.
3. The audience will be acquainted with the basic knowledge, so in-depth, concentrated (geeky), and cutting-edge cyberlaw topics are especially welcomed.
4. Roundtable moderators will not prepare CLE materials but will prepare a discussion outline and facilitate the group discussion on a topic. This is a great opportunity to review new cases, unresolved issues, and emerging theories with a small but interested group.

If you're new to the committee, this is also a great way for us to get to know you and your expertise! If you have a proposal (or maybe just an idea), please let us know. Please submit all proposals to Cheryl Balough ( and Ted Claypoole ( with the following:

· Tentative title
· Paragraph description (consider a half-hour time frame when defining scope)
· Explanation of how this is cutting edge

For a WWM Roundtable
· Project description
· Whether this is a current or proposed project
· Whether there is currently a Subcommittee associated with it
· If you are willing to moderate, or if not, a suggested moderator

Please don't hesitate to email either Cheryl or Ted with questions. We look forward to your proposals and to seeing you in Charlotte. Registration will open in November.

Cyberspace Committee Publications and Programs

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Claypoole, Theodore


Balough, Cheryl

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Other Programs of Interest

Dividing Digital Assets in Divorce
Date: November 19, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar

Moving Target: Cybersecurity Legal Requirements and Liabilities
Date: August 26, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar



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