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Update: IAPP’s ‘Privacy Law Specialist’ designation

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates will consider in August the unanimous resolution of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Specialization to grant accreditation to the IAPP’s Privacy Law Specialist designation. For more information about the Privacy Law Specialist designation and the IAPP’s application to the ABA, please click on the ABA Whitepaper May 2017 and web conference recording now available.

IAPP Research Director Rita Heimes’ has additional details in this The Privacy Advisor article.

Privacy Bar Section Forum 2017

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Danielle Citron and George Jepsen

Attendees at the sold out Privacy Bar Section Forum 2017 heard from peers and speakers on a variety of privacy law topics ranging from the future of lawyering to regulatory activity. Keynote Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen closed out the event.

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Getting started in privacy law?

HowToGetIntoPrivacyLaw_IMGThis tip sheet from the IAPP offers ideas on how to increase your knowledge, visibility and marketability as you get started with a career in privacy law.

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This free, hour-long web conference will provide a crash course in the legal foundations of privacy in the U.S. along with practical examples from the daily lives of privacy attorneys. Speakers: Ariel Brio, CIPP/US;  Arielle Brown, CIPP/US; and Kelsey Finch, CIPP/US; Moderated by IAPP Westin Fellow Cobun Keegan, CIPP/US, CIPM

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Upcoming Events

Great stuff is happening—check it out

Privacy. Security. Risk. 2017

Workshops October 16 l Conference October 17–18
San Diego, CA
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Data Localization— Legal and Practical Considerations

FREE web conference recording
Panelists: Chantal Bernier, Dentons and James Koons, dotDigitalGroup

Message from the Chair

The Privacy Bar Section hosted a sold-out event at the Washington, D.C. offices of Hogan Lovells on Friday, April 21, following the Global Privacy Summit. The second annual Privacy Bar Forum featured content developed by the Privacy Bar Section for its lawyer members and offered excellent networking opportunities as well.

 Topics included a panel discussing the past, present and future of privacy law practice, featuring Robert Belair, Tonya Forsheit, and Eduardo Ustaran. The speakers encouraged lawyers entering the rapidly-changing field to continue to read and learn, to be aware of legal developments around the world, and to be good lawyers first – the privacy part will come!

 Emilio Cividanes, Janis Kestenbaum, Divonne Smoyer, and Marc Zwillinger provided insights on working with state and federal privacy regulators, including advice to meet with state regulators before an incident happens if possible to ease communication and facilitate understanding in case of a breach.  Professor Danielle Citron then led a conversation with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who agreed that open communication lines makes life easier for companies and regulators alike, stressing that his office cares about consumer protection and business development and tries to balance them both.

The Privacy Bar Section is poised to become a networking hub for attorneys seeking to find foreign counsel to help their clients navigate global legal privacy issues. The IAPP hosts several conferences throughout the year and around the world, and by 2018 will program many of them with Privacy Bar Section sessions. We hope that our attorney friends outside the United States will continue to join the Privacy Bar Section and help us grow the network of privacy lawyers globally.

 Christopher Wolf, Chair

IAPP Privacy Bar Section

About the Section

Privacy law pros gather here

This is where privacy lawyers, including practitioners and judges, academics and students, find the resources they need to discover, discuss and debate the latest legal developments, such as CJEU and Supreme Court jurisprudence; international, federal and state court decisions; new legislation, legislative bills and more.

For members, the Privacy Bar Section is the hub of activities, including programming, publications and networking opportunities for privacy law developments in the U.S., EU and around the globe.

Join Us

Looking to join an IAPP Section? Great. It’s easy and affordable, and IAPP section members get access to tons of great benefits. Benefits that include a boatload of networking opportunities and specialized content, plus access to ongoing web conferences, exciting special events and a lot more. 

It’s all waiting for you, so don’t put it off.

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Advisory Board

Privacy pros at the helm

Guiding the Privacy Bar Section, the Advisory Board—chosen from your nominations—represents a diverse group of leaders with a broad range of privacy law expertise.

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Katherine Gilchrest

Member Engagement Manager