Volume 2, Issue 2

Chair’s Welcome

Practice Edge

BioBlurb

E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Case Digest

Free CLE with Ethics Credit

Globalization and International Standards

• Titanic Multinational Privacy Mistakes

COLLEAGUE CONNECTION

SECTION NEWS

• ABA's Brief Urges to Exclude Lawyers From ‘Debt Relief Agency'

• Call to Action: Articles Sought for The SciTech Lawyer!

E-Discovery and Privacy Law CLE Tracks: October 14th

Raymond L. Ocampo Jr., Past SciTech Chair, to Receive Spirit of Excellence Award

• Connect with SciTech Students

• Student Editor Sought

Student Job Search Program & Reception at Rutgers Newark

Shop Brooks Brothers' ABA member three-day 30% off sale

 

Calendar/clE

E-Discovery and Privacy Law
October 14
Foster City, CA

The Legality of "Rogue" Bots in Virtual Worlds: A Discussion of Blizzard v. MDY (9th Cir. Pending)
October 27, 2009
Teleconference

H1N1 Pandemic Preparedness & Response: A Guide to Legal & Policy Issue
November 17, 2009
Teleconference

E-Discovery and Digital Evidence
January, 26, 2010
Teleconference

ABA Midyear Meeting
February 3-6, 2010
Orlando Florida


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Chair's Message

chair's message
by christine M. grant

Redefining Value

Professional organizations must continually review and redefine their value for members to continue to thrive. This is especially so in the current challenging economic times when we all scrutinize expenditures in personal time and money spent for membership organizations. The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law has always been committed to delivering member value. Most recently more than 30 Section leaders met and worked with an expert consultant in the midst of the global financial crisis in October, 2008. We identified promising strategies to further enhance member value.  These are now included in the updated SciTech strategic action plan. The process included feedback from a cross-section of members, who participated in online focus groups facilitated by another consultant.  We identified six primary goal areas with economic challenges in mind.  They are: to be the preferred authoritative information source on science and technology law; to strengthen Section branding; to improve member communication; to increase membership expansion and diversification; revenue enhancement, and to shape domestic and international policy in areas of Section expertise.

The outstanding guest speakers and program materials from the Section’s CLE programs at the ABA Annual Meeting are recent examples of the Section’s leadership as a trusted source of science and technology law.  Click here to access that substantive content for free.  The Section is sponsoring International Protection and Trade of Cleantech IP on Wednesday, November 11, 2009.  Click here to learn more. A registration link will soon be available on that page.  Please check the Section’s website for details soon about the Artificial Intelligence CLE teleconference on October 27th and Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence CLE teleconference on November 17th.

Section members can receive materials for their individualized practice needs by joining any of our 26 committees ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Biotechnology Law, Cleantech and Climate Change to Electronic Discovery Digital Evidence. Committees offer opportunities to actively lead and contribute to special projects, but committee members also have the option to only receive informational benefits in exchange for no time commitment. If you are not presently a member of the committees most closely related to your practice, take a minute to join. It can be done online, at no charge. If you are already a committee member and would like to become more actively involved, send an e-mail to the committee chair. You will be warmly welcomed. All of the Section’s committees are listed and described at: www.abanet.org/scitech/committees/home.shtml, which links to each committee’s home page.

Section committees reflect the signature SciTech branding as well as commitment to diversity.  Section branding is also evidenced through member communications, such as The SciTech Lawyer.   The website of which was recently revamped to make information more searchable to members.  I encourage you to bookmark this helpful resource.  The SciTech Lawyer reflects a diversity of substantive subject matter in addition to a diverse editorial board and group of authors. The Section has historically supported the academic journal Jurimetrics This journal will be available on line early in 2010.

Diversity in membership, leadership and substance has long been a Section priority and goal. This year, we are delighted to co-sponsor the ABA Joint Exhibit at four national minority bar conventions.  This annual $1,200 financial commitment is an excellent way to showcase our programs and services to diverse lawyers from across country. The Hispanic National Bar Association Conference was September 2-6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference is November 18-22 in Boston; the National Native American Bar Association Conference is April 8-9 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and August 7-14 in New Orleans.  Modest Section revenue enhancement makes that programming possible in additional to others, such as the free CLE teleconference, available to members at low or no cost.  I encourage you to participate in the Section’s free CLE with ethics credit teleconference on February 23rd. 

The Section’s Council, Committee Chairs and Officers are already at work to implement our action plan to further enhance members’ experience and value.  I thank all of them for their generous volunteer efforts. I also thank our distinguished immediate past Chair, Ruth Hill Bro, for her stellar leadership. The Section leverages her legacy and continued active involvement as we continue to be recognized as the premier global authority on science and technology law.  The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law continues to lead its members and deliver value at the convergence of law, science, and technology.