Volume 1, Issue 3

Chair’s Welcome

Practice Edge

• BioBlurb

• Cultivating Effective Trade Secret Protection Program

• E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Case Digest

• Rights and Responsibilities of Scientists' SciStatus Update

• Social Networking through Legally Minded

• Stopping the Collision

• Ten Interesting Places to Visit in Second Life


Learn about Section
member professional updates.


• Attend Upcoming Student Lunch & Learn Programs

• Cleantech Committee Seeks Student Leader

• Future of Evidence Committee Seeks Contributors

• Join a SciTech Committee Today for Free!

• Law Student Writing Contest

• SciTech Co-Sponsors CLE Tracks at Upcoming RSA Conference

• Submit Articles to The SciTech Lawyer

• Upcoming SciTech CLE Teleconferences

• Update your ABA AOC



SciTech Lunch & Learn
February 11th, 2009
12noon - 1:30pm
Suffolk University Law School
Main Function Room, 1st Floor
Boston, MA

2009 ABA Midyear Meeting
February 12-14, 2009
Boston, MA

The Benefits and Barriers to International Science Collaboration
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
1:00-2:30pm EST

4th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute
February 26-27, 2009
Washington, DC, L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

SciTech Lunch & Learn
March 10, 2009
Fordham University School of Law
New York, NY

Redefining the Legal Standard for "Reasonable" Security: The Far-Reaching Impact of the New Massachusetts Regulations
March 31, 2009
1:00-2:30 EST
Registration to be available soon.

24th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
April 1-4, 2009
Washington, DC

April 2-4, 2009
Chicago, IL

ABA TECHSHOW 2009 -- The World's Premier Legal Technology Conference and EXPO

Forensic Science for the 21st Century: The National Academy of Sciences Report and Beyond
April 3-4, 2009
Tempe, AZ

2009 RSA Conference
April 20-24, 2009
San Francisco, CA

2009 ABA Annual Meeting
Swissotel Chicago
July 29 - August 2, 2009


 This book provides you with a legal and practical approach to the new world of digital information. It has been described as a must have  for litigation lawyers, corporate counsel and records managers who want to understand how to appropriately handle the digital information of an enterprise. Learn more.

The SciTech Lawyer

 This book clearly explains and discusses 13 applied scientific disciplines in jargon-free language that is specifically geared toward lawyers. 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. Learn more.

 The Section’s quarterly magazine features practical and timely articles on a diverse range of science and technology law issues. This issue focuses on biosecurity.

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The SciTech e-Merging News is published quarterly as a Section member benefit. Click here to join the Section. The material published reflects the views of the authors and has not been approved by the Section of Science & Technology Law, the House of Delegates or the Board of Governors of the ABA. © 2009 American Bar Association. All rights reserved.

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This past year the Section created two new committees, in keeping with its mission to stay abreast of new developments. Learn about the Section’s two new committees below.

Cleantech and Climate Change

The Clean Technology and Climate Change Committee (CTC3) raises awareness to law, policy, science, and technology issues related to climate change; strengthens the capacity for effective legal, technical and market-based responses to mitigate greenhouse gases, ease adaptation, drive innovation, assure compliance, and preserve environmental integrity; and, as appropriate, assists with the development and implementation of domestic and international laws.  CTC3 draws upon the expertise of public and private sector members from a wide range of practice areas and coordinates with other committees within the ABA Section on Science and Technology Law and in other Sections. Learn more about the committee and join today on their website.

E-Discovery and Digital Evidence

The e-Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee will address the emerging issues and problems facing the legal profession and the courts as a result of the explosion in electronic information.

The EDDE Committee brings together the leading thinkers and practitioners in the area of e-discovery and digital evidence: jurists, litigators, policy-makers, technology experts, and business leaders.  Our mission is to bridge the gap between technology and law in a way that will foster better client representation -- prior to, in preparation for, and  during litigation.
We are particularly honored to have as members a number of the judges who are shaping the landscape of e-Discovery and digital evidence.  Please read more. To join the Committee and find all the details about activities, please check the SciTech EDDE website

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  • Blogs and User Generated Content on the Internet
  • E-Discovery and Digital Evidence
  • Electronic Commerce Payment
  • Electronic Filing
  • E-Privacy Law
  • Information Security
  • Latin America E-Commerce
  • Open Source Software Licensing
  • Privacy and Computer Crime
  • Technical Standardization Law
  • Telecommunications and Mass Media
  • Virtual Worlds and Multi-User Online Games
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol
  • Wi-Fi


  • Animal Research
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology Law
  • Public Health, Environmental Law and Preparedness
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Scientists
  • Scientific Evidence


  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Cleantech and Climate Change
  • Future of Evidence
  • Homeland Security
  • Museum Law
  • Space Law

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