ABA committee approves IAPP’s new ‘Privacy Law Specialist’ designation

IAPP-4-5-2016_923Are you a U.S. lawyer looking to call yourself a specialist in privacy? Good news: On Oct. 22, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Specialization voted unanimously to recommend the IAPP’s new “Privacy Law Specialist” designation for formal ABA accreditation. Much work remains to be done, and many states have their own processes separate from the ABA’s, but the path is clear for the Privacy Law Specialist designation to be conferred upon applicants sometime in the first quarter of 2017. IAPP Research Director Rita Heimes’ has all the details in this The Privacy Advisor article.

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Message from the Chair

In its short history, the IAPP’s Privacy Bar Section is already off to a running start. We kicked off the Privacy Bar Section at a forum immediately following the Global Privacy Summit 2016, an event we’ll repeat after Summit 2017.

Since then, the Privacy Bar Section has produced webinars for attorneys—including one in French—and has helped the IAPP in its application for ABA accreditation of the Privacy Law Specialist designation. We’ve had networking events at the Privacy.Security.Risk. Conference and the Europe Data Protection Congress, and are working on a privacy curriculum project and other outreach events for law school faculty and students.

 These projects demonstrate an active, committed and global base among the IAPP’s membership and underscore the importance of creating programming for legal-focused privacy professionals within the IAPP’s membership and content services. There is much work to be done and many opportunities for members of the Privacy Bar Section to get involved.

Christopher Wolf
Partner, Hogan Lovells
IAPP Privacy Bar Section Chair

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