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

The Winter Working Meeting in Charlotte went very well, with constructive and interesting subcommittee and task force events and thought-provoking roundtable discussions. The CLE was exceptional – we learned about everything from an up-to-date report on cyberinsurance to regulation of new electronically based payment systems, and from false advertising online to the legal issues in the emerging business of game streaming. We heard a well-presented Year-in-Cyberspace-Law presentation from John Ottaviani, and discussed changes in foreign cyberlaw with Robert Bond. For those of you who want to listen to these presentations, audio recordings are available.

We had a huge attendance for our Publications Board meeting, discussing the book projects currently underway, as well as law review articles in our survey section of the Business Lawyer, and our mini-themed selections of smaller articles in Business Law Today. We considered new white papers and checklists for practitioners. Please write me or Sarah Jane Hughes if you want to participate in any of these projects. We will also be soliciting for survey articles soon.

See you in San Francisco at the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section, where we will be presenting CLE relevant to your practice and next steps for the subcommittee and task force projects.

Ted Claypoole

Business Law Spring Meeting

We are looking forward to the Business Law Section 2015 Spring Meeting, which will take place April 15-18 in San Francisco. If you haven’t yet registered, do so now. The early bird discounted rate ends February 13!

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

Register now. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

Pre-Meeting Outing

Come join the Cyberspace Committee for an excursion on the eve of the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in San Francisco. We are planning 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.

We will have a small bus 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. But others can join us, as can those who are arriving later or who don’t want to walk in the redwoods, at the restaurant for dinner.

Please RSVP By March 1 to Jon Rubens:

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Claypoole, Theodore


Balough, Cheryl

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