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Clinical Trials and the Financial Markets

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• Nominees for Section Officers and Council Positions

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• Student Opporunity at 2009 ABA Annual Meeting

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Section News

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nominees for 2009-2010 officer and council member elections

The 2009-2010 Nominating Committee, chaired by Christine M. Grant, is pleased to announce the following nominees for Section Officer and Council Positions for the 2009-2010 bar year:

Chair-Elect   Stephen S. Wu
Vice-Chair Eric Y. Drogin
SecretaryLucy L. Thomson
Budget OfficerJorge L. Contreras
Delegate to the
House of Delegates 
Bonnie Fought
Council Isabel Davara
Eileen Smith Ewing
Hugh Wellons

Christine M. Grant, current Chair-Elect, will automatically assume the office of Chair at the close of the 2009 Annual Meeting.
Each nominee has stated that he or she has no personal interest or obligation which would, or would likely, conflict in any material way with impartially promotion the objectives and activities of the Section.  Each nominee has agreed to promptly notify the Council if this should change.  The election will be held during the Section Business Meeting during the ABA Annual Meeting, July 31, 2009 in Chicago, IL.

Incoming Section Chair
Christine M. Grant
Christine Grant JD MBA, joined the Section in 1997 after speaking on the Section's Presidential Showcase Program “ Science and Technology for the New Millennium.” She is currently the Section Chair-Elect. She previously served as Section Secretary, Vice Chair, Section Council member, and member of the 2008 Section Strategic Planning Committee, which produced the current Strategic Plan. She serves on the ABA Task Force on Health Care Accessibility and formerly on the ABA/AAAS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. She organized three ABA Annual Meeting CLE Programs, the 2004 Atlanta panel, which included a meeting at Centers for Disease Control headquarters; the 2007 San Francisco program on “ Robotics and Neuro-enhancement,” and a third is planned for the 2009 Annual Meeting “S cience and Technology Law at the Intersection of National Recovery.”   

Chris convened a teleconference “ Food Safety It's on Everyone's Regulatory Menu ,” has written several articles for The SciTech Lawyer , and was a contributor to the Scientific Evidence Review Monograph No 7 .   She has worked on numerous ABA resolution review teams and built relationships for the section internally with the Health Law Section and externally with national organizations including the CDC, ASTHO, the University of North Carolina Public Health Law Program among others. 

Committed to a team approach to Section work and creating synergy among the Section's Life Sciences and IT Divisions, to further the Section’s leading edge legal and scientific interests.  She is working to increase Section visibility within the ABA and to secure opportunities for section members to participate in influential external international and policy groups  

Chris is committed to representing the interests and professional career development expectations of all Section members and work to ensure the Section becomes broadly recognized as a premier resource of knowledgeable science and technology lawyers.  

Chris is admitted to the New Jersey Bar, previously practiced at a law firm , was an executive at two pharmaceutical companies and a Cabinet Member and Commissioner of Health and Senior Services of New Jersey. Today she operates a health care business and is on the Boards of several charitable and policy organizations

Section Chair-Elect
Stephen S. Wu
Stephen S. Wu is a partner in the Silicon Valley law firm Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP.  He advises clients concerning e-discovery, electronic records retention, digital evidence, and legal matters relating to information security, privacy, and ecommerce.  He counsel clients on data protection regulatory compliance, security breach liability, incident response, disaster recovery, authentication, electronic contracting, digital and other electronic signatures, and public key infrastructures.
His litigation practice also includes trade secret, copyright, trademark, and general commercial litigation matters.  Steve also advises clients concerning Web 2.0, new media, social networking, and virtual worlds legal matters.  Finally, Steve acts as outside general counsel to Silicon Valley startups and technology companies, handling licensing, marketing agreements, and other technology transactions.
Steve has been a member of the Section’s Information Security Committee since 1997, and served as its Co-Chair from 2001 to 2004.  Also, he has served as a Council Member of the Section for the 2004-2007 term.  Steve is the editor of the Section’s 2007 book Guide to HIPAA Security and the Law.  In addition, Steve co-edited two books for the Section:   Information Security:  A Legal, Business, and Technical Handbook (2004) and Public Key Infrastructure Assessment Guidelines (2003).  He has written or co-written three other books on information security law.  Steve is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs on information security, the use of electronic information in litigation, and ecommerce topics.  Steve is currently the Section Vice-Chair.
Steve also serves as President of the SL Bar Association in the Second Life® virtual world.  His work in the Second Life® virtual world was featured in California Lawyer and the American Bar Association Journal.
Before starting his private practice, was the second in-house attorney at VeriSign, Inc.  At VeriSign, he was in charge of the company’s worldwide security and legal policies and practices governing its digital certification information security services.  He also managed some of the company’s intellectual property and technology transactional matters.  Before VeriSign, Steve practiced with two large law firms in the areas of intellectual property, commercial, and general litigation, as well as technology licensing and transactions.

Steve graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988 with a Juris Doctor degree.

Section Vice-Chair
Eric Y. Drogin
Eric Y. Drogin is an attorney and board-certified forensic psychologist serving on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  He also participates as an Instructor in the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the Franklin Pierce Law Center (teaching “Law & Mental Health”), and as an Honorary Professor of Law for the University of Wales— Prifysgol Aberystwyth (teaching “Psychology & Crime,” and “The Criminology of Human Rights Violations,” and “Psychobiology and Cognition”).  Eric’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses mental health law, expert witness testimony, and trial consultation.

Eric is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and a former President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology.  He joined the Section in 1998, and has since chaired its Division of Life & Physical Sciences, its Behavioral Sciences Committee, its Committee on the Rights & Responsibilities of Scientists, and its Book Publishing Board.  Eric is currently the Section Secretary, having served as a Member of Section Council since 2004, and is now serving a third term on the ABA Commission on Mental & Physical Disability Law.  He served on the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) as a Section appointee from 2002 to 2008, and formerly chaired the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Professional Practice and Standards as well as the APA’s Committee on Legal Issues.  He has authored or co-authored several books, chapters, articles, and reviews in the fields of law and psychology, and is the editor of the Section’s 2008 book Science for Lawyers.  Eric lectures frequently on legal and scientific topics throughout the United States and abroad. 

Eric earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University in 1991, his J.D. from Villanova University in 1990, and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 1983. 

Section Secretary
Lucy L. Thomson
Lucy Thomson practices at the intersection of law, privacy, information security, and new technologies.  As a Senior Principal Engineer, Information Security, and Privacy Advocate at a global technology company, she works on teams building information systems for very large organizations.  She has addressed a broad range of complex privacy, security, and information sharing issues on the government’s two largest IT modernization projects – Customs and the IRS.
Appointed Consumer Privacy Ombudsman for seven U.S. Bankruptcy Courts to oversee the sale of 35 million electronic consumer records, Lucy established privacy and information security standards that were adopted by the courts.  A career U.S. Department of Justice attorney from 1977-2000, she served as a senior litigator in the Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions.  As a white collar crime prosecutor and civil rights litigator, she pioneered the use of electronic evidence at trial. 
Lucy represents the D.C. Bar in the ABA House of Delegates.  She is a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law and a SciTech representative on the AAAS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.  She founded and co-chairs the recently established SciTech e-Discovery and Digital Evidence and Homeland Security Committees.  Lucy was editor of the Symposium on Homeland Security in Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law Science and Technology (2007).  She is currently collaborating with other SciTech leaders on a Handbook on Data Breaches and Encryption to be published by the ABA this summer.  Lucy began her bar leadership activities as President of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C. and its Foundation and on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors.
Lucy earned a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2001, and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  On weekends, she can be found in Annapolis where she races her 33’ X-yacht sailboat.

Budget Officer
Jorge Contreras
Jorge Contreras is a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C.  Jorge concentrates his practice on technology and intellectual property licensing and transactions.  He has represented U.S. and international clients in connection with a wide variety of matters, including licensing, R&D, publishing, consortia, joint ventures, manufacturing, outsourcing, standards development and mergers and acquisitions. His clients are active in the fields of computer software, services and hardware, semiconductor devices and equipment, online content, retail, media, bioinformatics, biomedical research and pharmaceuticals.

Jorge received a B.S.E.E. cum laude (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and a B.A. cum laude (English) from Rice University in 1988, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.

Jorge is a member of the Section Council, the current Section Assistant Budget Officer and chair of the Section’s Committee on Technical Standardization, and a Section representative to the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.  In 2007, Jorge was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Human Genome Research, an 18-member panel chartered to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to matters relating to genomic research in the United States.  

Jorge is a member of the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association and DC Bar Association.  He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and New York.

Section Delegate
Bonnie E. Fought
For over 15 years, Bonnie Fought served as COO, CFO and General Counsel for Connectix Corporation, a company she co-founded in 1988.  She managed complex, high profile litigation as well as corporate executive teams and their various departments. In 2003 the company's primary technology was sold to Microsoft Corporation. Bonnie currently consults with and serves on the board of a variety of non-profit and for profit organizations.

Bonnie has a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and B.A. from the University of Michigan. She is a past Section Chair and Budget Officer, Chair of the Section’s Book Publishing Board, and is currently a Section Delegate to the House of Delegates.  

Section Council Members:

Isabel Davara
Isabel Davara is a partner in Davara Abogados, S.C., a Law firm specializing in Information and Communications Technology Law (www.davara.com.mx), in Mexico City. The firms main practice areas are e-contracts, e-commerce, software protection and licensing, digital signature and privacy law.
Isabel has been a member of the Section’s Latin American Electronic Commerce Committee since its formation in 2005.  Isabel has written or co-written more than 10 books in Spain and Mexico, as well as numerous articles in specialized publications. She also hosts a blog on digital signature issues for a well known magazine in Mexico.
Isabel has been teaching ICT law at different Universities in Spain and Mexico for more than 10 years. She is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs on data privacy, e-discovery, digital signature, and ecommerce topics at diverse seminars and fora in Latin America, Europe and USA.

Isabel graduated from the Universidad Pontificia Comilas of Madrid (Spain) in 1997 with a Law Degree, and with a B.A., Economics, in 1998. She also graduated summa cum laude from the same University in 2006 with a SJD degree.

Eileen Smith Ewing
Eileen Smith Ewing is a partner in the Boston office K&L Gates LLP, an international firm of 1,700 lawyers on three continents.  She leads both her firm’s Life Sciences Group and its Licensing Group. 

Eileen represents private and public pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies in their strategic alliances. Her transactional practice ranges from traditional mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and securities offerings to complex, cutting-edge research, development, and commercialization collaborations.  Eileen’s transactional practice is informed by a strong background in intellectual property licensing and technology transfer.  Her life sciences clients range from tiny biomedical startups to major multinational pharmaceutical and chemical companies.

Eileen, who co-chairs the ABA’s Committee on Biotechnology, is also active in the Licensing Executives Society and in the Biotechnology Industry Organization, among other professional groups.  She presents frequently at industry meetings, and she is the author of over 50 articles on business and intellectual property law topics of interest to companies in the life sciences sector.  Eileen co-edited Biotechnology and the Law, a textbook for in-house counsel published by the ABA in 2007. 

Eileen, who speaks Japanese, has particular experience in Pacific Rim business matters.  After graduating from Harvard, where she was a Radcliffe National Scholar, Eileen worked in Tokyo for an economics journal sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Finance.  She received the J.D. degree from Columbia University in 1989.

Hugh Wellons
Hugh Wellons is a partner of LeClairRyan, located in western Virginia but representing clients across Virginia and in other states.  He focuses his practice on corporate law and representing clients in technology fields, especially biotechnology.  He regularly represents both large public companies and emerging companies.  He has been lead counsel on a number of IPOs and private financings, and frequently advises clients in licensing of intellectual property, joint ventures, and strategic matters.  Hugh was formerly a partner with Mays & Valentine in Richmond, Virginia, and Flippin, Densmore in Roanoke, Virginia.  Prior to law school, he was with IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina as international buyer, financial analyst, and coordinator of site financial performance. 

Hugh is a past chair of the Section's Committee on Biotechnology and is currently a member of the Section's Program Committee.  Hugh was a senior editor and author of the ABA book "Biotechnology and the Law" and was co-author of an article on that subject in Corporate Counsel Magazine in 2008.   He also was selected for "The Best Lawyers In America" for Biotechnology Law from 2007-2009.  He is a frequent lecturer on corporate matters, including intellectual property planning and licensing, venture capital, and biotechnology.  

Hugh graduated cum laude from Duke University, received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and received his J.D., cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law.