Volume 3, Issue 2

Chair’s Welcome

Practice Edge


Learn about Section member professional updates.



Homeland Security Law Institute
March 2-3, 2011
Washington, DC

The Biggest Issues for the Smallest Stuff: Regulation and Risk Management of Nanotechnology
March 21, 2011
Phoenix, AZ

GovSec International Realities of Cybersecurity Sessions
March 29-31, 2011
Washington, DC

26th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
April 7-9, 2011
Washington, DC

ABA Techshow
*Use promotion code EP1133 for discounted registration.
April 11-13 , 2011

5th Annual Institute on e-Discovery
May 19, 2011
Washington, DC

2011 ABA Annual Meeting
August 4-9, 2011
Toronto, Canada


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. Read More

The advancement of technology in the past decade has catapulted the prominence of electronic evidenc... Read More

Today more than ever, legal practitioners need to fully understand the obligations, liabilities, risks and treatments involving information security and privacy. Read More

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. Read more


Jurimetrics Journal - Quarterly scholarly journal featuring articles and reviews.

The SciTech Lawyer

The Section's quarterly magazine features practical and timely articles on a diverse range of science and technology law issues. Click here to access this issue, which focuses on enviornmental law.

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Chair’s Welcome by stephen wu

The Section of Science of Science & Technology Law stands at the threshold of great change.  The first part of the 2010-2011 bar year saw the Section participate in efforts to make fundamental changes in the way the ABA operates, communicates with members, and markets itself to prospective members and the outside world, while sharing customized career and business development resources with its members.  The ABA is in transition to reinvent itself to show its value to the bar and the public.

The first key result of these efforts is the new ABA website, which the association launched on February, 2011.  I encourage you to visit the new Section homepage on the site.  Peter Gillespie, Vice Chair of the E-Privacy Law Committee, and I participated in a group of lawyer members overseeing development of the website along with staff and advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather.  In addition to the website, the Section’s officers, staff, and members continue to participate in and monitor a number of efforts on the part of the ABA to enhance member value, and improve the way the association serves and communicates with you, our members.  We are confident that the efforts exerted today will bear fruit in upcoming years and decades.

Practice Edge


“Protein and microRNA Block Cellular Transition Vital to Metastasis”  Like a bounty hunter returning escapees to custody, a cancer-fighting gene converts organ cells that change into highly mobile stem cells back to their original, stationary state, according to ScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2011).

Book Excerpt: Information Security and Privacy - A Practical Guidea for Global Executives, Lawyers and Technologists

The need for encryption has increased parallel to the increased movement of data outside controlled environments. The use of the Internet in all its forms, the vast increase in the use of outsourcing, and many new types of mobile technology mean that an organization's data may need to be protected at all times in all locations.
read more..

Managing Innovation: Patent Basics for Biotechnology Counsel

Among the various intellectual property rights available for a life sciences business, patents usually are the most common and important rights, often forming the foundation of a company.

Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Incident

It is time for reflections and "lessons learned" following the announcement by the National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen, on September 19, 2010, that well-kill operations on the MC252 well in the Gulf of Mexico were complete, permanently sealing the well.

SciStatus Update

Senate to Debate Patent Reform Act of 2011
Reuters: A bill that gives judges an increased role in deteremining how substantial a patent is relative to its product is moving to the Senate floor.

SciTech Career and Business Development Guide by Practice Type

Today, the most important job for a law firm lawyer is to ensure that a critical mass of clients is coming in the door to support the firm's business. Also, for many lawyers, especially recent law school grads, the top priority is to find a job.

The SciTech Edge Podcast: Career and Business Development at the Intersection of Law, Science and Technology

This 90-minute program offered strategies and tactics to help you build your practice quickly. Gain invaluable insights from these SciTech leaders: Scott Partridge (a partner at Baker Botts in Houston and 2008-2009 Section Chair),  Vid Mohan-Ram, Ph.D. (an associate at Foley and Lardner in D.C., former editor/writer at Science Magazine's Next Wave, and Vice-Chair of the Section's Biotechnology Law Committee) and Kristie Prinz (founder of the Prinz Law Office in Silicon Valley and a member of the Section's Program Committee).  The program moderator, Julie Fleming  (founder of attorney consultancy Life at the Bar LLC, author of the 2009 book, The Reluctant Rainmaker: A Guide for Lawyers Who Hate Selling, and Secretary of the Section), shared additional perspectives based on her conversations with lawyers around the world.

Want to Make More Rain? Be a Better Leader

Leaders are better rainmakers. But think about it.  Would you easily place your trust in someone who manages a team of worker bees who don't make much individual contribution, even though you know the team would falter if the manager should leave?  Or would you select someone who is skilled in assembling a strong team and evoking high performance from its members?


Learn about Section member professional updates.

Benjamin Duranske has accepted a position as Payments Counsel for Facebook.  He will be the legal point of contact for all Facebook payments-related product, policy, and business development teams and will support risk and compliance teams to ensure compliance with worldwide laws and regulations relating to payments.  He will also manage processes for securing regulatory approvals for new products around the world.

Please click here to inform Section members about a change of employer, position or office.


26th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference's
SciTech Programs

SciTech is pleased to co-sponsor this opportunity for Section members to earn discounted CLE credits during 2 1/2 days of comprehensive front-line programming, including patent, trademark, copyright, corporate counsel, science & technology law, communications law and ethics issues.

Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Debuts New e-Nesletter

The Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is debuting its quarterly e-newsletter, Prescience. The first issue is about nanotechnology and the next issue will focus on law and sustainability.

SciTech's Impact on ABA Policy

The ABA House of Delegates met recently at the Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, and the Section of Science & Technology Law weighed in on several important policy issues.

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