ABA Section of Science & Technology Law Books

As the only ABA entity whose mission is to interact and collaborate with the scientific and technological communities, SciTech takes a truly interdisciplinary approach in its groundbreaking books on science and technology law issues. 

BIOTECH AND THE SCIENCES:
Biotechnology and the Law

Written to help lawyers faced with the challenge of identifying the legal issues and processes that must be faced by their clients in building, marketing, and protecting a biotech business. The contributors are experts in this specialized area and provide thorough, yet accessible, overviews of biotech subspecialties with an eye to practical application. A biotech legal practice involves specialized subject matter and regulatory schemes that, generally, are not part of the business lawyer's repertoire and which can present many hazards for the uninitiated.


Science for Lawyers
clearly explains and discusses 13 applied scientific disciplines in jargon-free language that is specifically geared toward lawyers. The book explores the definitions (what is science), the practice (what scientists do) and the professional roles (what ethical guidelines influence scientists) of 13 professional disciplines such as: ballistics; medicine; physics; statistics; linguistics; genetics; chemistry and more! With dozens of photos, figures, graphics and artwork, the book covers these subjects in terms that are not only easy to understand, but fascinating to read. If you are a lawyer who is ever called upon to defend, proceed against, examine, cross-examine or even consult a scientist, this book is for you. 

DATA PROTECTION: 
Data Breach and Encryption Handbook

Take an in-depth look at the issue of escalating data breaches and their legal ramifications. This comprehensive resource focuses on the law and its implications, encryption technology, recognized methods of resolving a breach, and many related aspects of information security. Unlike a treatise on information security or encryption, this book will enable attorneys, business owners, technology professionals, and policy-makers to understand the root causes of the security failures that lead to many of today's massive data breaches. It will instruct practitioners on how to ask the right questions to address the issues raised by data breaches and provide solutions for how to prevent them. 

Health Care IT: The Essential Lawyer’s Guide to Health Care Information Technology and the Law
Technology will help our nation overcome health care challenges such as unsustainable cost increases and inefficiency. This essential book introduces lawyers, health care professionals, policymakers and the public to the many facets of technology in health care and its federal regulatory framework.



International Guide to Combatting Cybercrim
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We are all privileged to live in a Digital Revolution - a time that will go down in history as as important, if not more important than the Renaissance. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming art, music, cultures, and societies. People around the world are increasingly experiencing the benefits of the Internet through e-Commerce, e-Government, and e-mail; however, the same cyberspace that affords these positive opportunities is also vulnerable to those who use it for criminal purposes. 

Information Security and Privacy
ShawLegal practitioners need to understand the obligations, liabilities, risks and treatments involving information security and privacy. Top executives must have a firm grasp of the information security and privacy statutes and regulations in each country where they do business, including any industry sector-specific rules. This book provides a practical and comprehensive approach to information security and privacy law for both international and domestic statutes. It provides all the tools you need to handle the business, legal and technical risks of protecting information on a global scale.


Legal Guide to Botnet Research
This valuable resource clearly defines legal and policy issues related to cybersecurity research on botnets. It helps the reader determine whether proposed cybersecurity research projects could violate laws or organizational policies. Its Botnet Research Legal Template identifies relevant laws with simplified analysis. The report and template may also be applied to cybersecurity research more broadly. The book also highlights potential ethical issues and how researchers approach them.


Legal Guide to Cybersecurity Research
This book clearly outlines hot cybersecurity issues for a broad audience ranging from legal counsel to institutional review boards (IRBs). It includes tools to analyze legal and policy considerations that help explain potential legal protective measures.




A Legal Guide to Enterprise Mobile Device Management: Managing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Employer-Issued Device Programs
As workers use smart phones, tablets, and laptops for both their work and their personal lives, chief information officers face the complex challenges of managing mobile devices in the business setting. This book examines key concepts, considerations, and issues in mobile device management-from business, legal, and technical perspectives. In addition, the chapters provide background information on business drivers and technology, with the goal of aiding lawyers in counseling their clients. A sample motion device policy is included as a starting point for a business mobile device program documentation. Because the guide is written for a wide audience, it will serve as a helpful reference for business and technology professionals as well as attorneys.

The Practitioner's Guide to Biometrics
Biometrics is the most accurate form of identifiers and, when used properly, can greatly simplify life. However, biometrics raise new questions about personal privacy, surveillance, and the effects of government and corporate databases that register and hold fingerprint data and other biometric information. This book covers such topics as ID cards, data theft, authentication, and digital rights management.

EVIDENCE:

Scientific Evidence Review: Admissibility and the Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No. 9
The field of scientific interpretation of evidence and its portrayal in popular media has progressed to the point that expert testimony at trial is not only commonly accepted by judge and jury, but also expected. The factors that influence the selection of an expert, including the importance of investigating the expert's credentials and making an informed assessment of the credibility that the expert's qualifications will project to a judge and jurors, are extremely important.


The Future of Evidence: How Science and Technology will Change the Practice of Law

Some say it's impossible to predict the future of scientific evidence, but if we examine recent events and cases, we can see it emerging in many ways. There is no ignoring the impact of science on law today. New information in areas such as digital and multimedia sciences, canine scent detection, touch DNA and neuroscience is emerging daily. Each one requires new statutes or rules of evidence and today's lawyers are expected to keep up with such advancements both locally and globally. This thought-provoking book was written to provide you with a glimpse into a new dawn of the future of evidence.

The Discovery Revolution
This book focuses on the e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which were approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States on September 20, 2005. The issues addressed by the new rules will significantly impact the way law is practiced and are discussed in detail in the book. These include such topics as the concept of electronically stored information; the new approach to pre-discovery meetings, the form of production of electronic evidence, inaccessible evidence, preservation of evidence when routine processes may destroy it, the safe harbor, and privilege waiver issues.

Foundations of Digital Evidence
The book provides numerous case studies, model witness examinations, and illustrations for a better understanding of both the admissibility and the weight of digital evidence. These case studies show how existing computer systems can be used to produce reliable digital information that should be admitted into evidence. Also included in the book are two studies from real-life federal court litigation cases: Will the Real When Please Stand Up? and A Day in the Life of the Printed Electronic Document. Lastly, the author provides a discussion of how five other nations, Argentina, France, Germany, Japan, and Russian Federation, have recognized the importance of digital evidence.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT:
Electronic Evidence and Discovery: What Every Lawyer Should Know Now, Second Edition
The advancement of technology in the past decade has catapulted the prominence of electronic evidence. It is not only making discovery faster, easier and less expensive for practitioners and their end-clients, but it is opening the doors of possibility toward a path of substantially reducing the total cost of litigation. This book will bring you up to speed on the sweeping changes in law and technology. It will increase your efficiency and accuracy to the representation of your clients in discovery matters large and small. It provides up-to-date and practical information regarding both the legal and the technological aspects of the e-discovery process in the real world.



INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW:
Technology Licensing: A Practitioner's Guide

This practical guide will introduce you to the world of intellectual property licensing as it applies to technology. Along with expert advice on how to deal with open source licensing in a business context, the book answers the essential questions such as "why license?" and "who owns intellectual property?" and walks you through the various aspects of basic contract drafting. A special section in the back offers sample form agreements and exercises to test your skill and knowledge. So whether you are a practicing attorney new to intellectual property licensing or a business professional who faces software licensing issues, this book is for you.

SPACE LAW:
The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers
Explore space law's legal implications in this comprehensive and new guidebook, for anyone interested in this exciting area. This guidebook begins by placing space law in its larger context and then focuses on discrete legal topics. It also discusses specific issues that space lawyers are routinely faced with: licensing private spaceflight activities, liability and insurance for spacecraft operators, the regulation of telecommunication and remote sensing satellites, export controls on space technologies, contracting with the U.S. government, environmental protection, and property rights.

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