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 Mid Year 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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section of science & technology law student writing contest


2009 Student Writing Contest - A Chance for Prizes and Fame!

The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law is pleased to announce the topic for its 2009 Law Student Writing Contest.  The contest is designed to encourage law students to write on subjects related to science and technology law and encourage a cutting-edge or innovative take on the topic.


Nanotechnology is an emerging technology based on materials that are measured in nanometers -- one-billionth of a meter in scale, enabling work on an atomic or molecular level (e.g., a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick).  Nanoscale materials are beginning to be developed for, or used in, a wide-range of products, including foods, cosmetics, drugs, medical devices, clothing, glass, batteries, and computers.  Scientific questions arise as to whether these nanoscale materials present different biological, chemical, or physical properties from known materials.  Legal/regulatory questions arise as to whether new laws are required to address the use of nanotechnology in marketed products. Many wonder whether nanotechnology-derived products should be singled out as presenting a different risk requiring a different regulatory paradigm from what is applied to other ingredients, components, or production processes used for marketed products. The Section is seeking papers addressing the legal/regulatory issues, such as those faced by the FDA, broader legal issues surrounding the use of nanotechnology, or both, as opposed to papers that simply explain the science behind, or the technology used in, nanotechnology.

 The winner will receive a trip to the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL and may have his or her submission published in The SciTech Lawyer.  All submissions are due March 2, 2009 and the winner will be notified by June 1, 2009.

Full contest rules and submission criteria can be found on the Section’s website.