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.

Contact Us

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.

In This Issue



Smart Power: Ways to Work Smarter

2009 has brought a new year, a new U.S. president, and a new set of challenges for all of us.  Change is the only constant, as unprecedented economic and foreign policy challenges continually emerge, with enormous implications for business operations and the legal profession.  At the same time, we are collectively realizing that to meet these challenges, we must work smarter.  It’s a time for “smart power,” as we’ve been hearing in the foreign policy context, and that means doing things differently and making full use of the resources available to us.


Practice Edge


The Biotechnology Law Committee's weekly update publishes a roundup of hyperlinks to current legal, business, regulatory, and scientific developments in the industry.


Cultivating Effective Trade Secret Protection Program

The trade secret owner’s obligation to take reasonable measures under the circumstances to protect trade secret information is a crucial element of trade secret law.  Because the law is limited in its remedies and is at times inconsistent, the threat of potential legal action is often not enough of a theft deterrent, and litigation is costly and time-consuming, care needs to be taken to ensure that the trade secret protection program designed for a client actually works when implemented.


E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Case Digest

This decision from Judge Antoon, affirming the report and recommendation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Baker confirms that the duty to cooperate in discovery (including, imo, eDiscovery) extends to Counsel and Client as well between opposing counsel. Under 11th Circuit standards, a deliberate or willful failure to do so can help support the imposition of terminating


Rights and Responsibilities of Scientists' SciStatus Update

President-elect Barack Obama may have an impossible burden of expectation on his shoulders, but one fervent wish of many US scientists should be easy enough to fulfill: simply lead the nation back into the "reality-based community."

Social Networking through Legally Minded

LegallyMinded is an online community serving the entire legal profession. It fuses articles, social-networking features, and user-generated content.


Stopping the Collision

It’s a product liability case to the nth degree.  An eminent scientist goes to court to stop other equally eminent practitioners from releasing its “product” on the grounds that the design is defective and the possible consequences to the public could be catastrophic.



Ten Interesting Places to Visit in Second Life

Many attorneys are staking out territory on the emerging 3D internet in "Second Life" ­– the first virtual world to offer unfettered user content creation, real money transactions, and user retention of most intellectual property rights. 


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Section News

Attend Upcoming Student Lunch & Learn Programs

SciTech's next Lunch & Learn is scheduled at Suffolk University Law School on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 from 12noon - 1:30pm in the main function room. All students from the Boston area are invited to attend and enjoy free lunch during the interactive program. It will focus on Challenges and Opportunities for Law Students and Graduates in a Troubled and Unsettled Economic Environment.

Cleantech Committee Seeks a Student Leader

The Clean Technology and Climate Change Committee seeks a student representative to edit an electronic update for committee members.

Future of Evidence Committee Seeks Contributors

The Future of Evidence Committee seeks volunteers to participate in preparing a book. The book is to be published by the ABA, and as a joint collaboration with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences on the future of evidence.
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Join a SciTech Committee Today for Free!

Join Section committees for FREE! Grow your practice through informational resources and networking opportunities that keep you ahead of the practice curve.

Law Student Writing Contest

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.

SciTech Co-Sponsors CLE Tracks at Upcoming RSA Conference

The Section of Science & Technology Law has for many years co-sponsored with RSA Security a week-long continuing legal education track at the RSA Security Conference, which this year will be held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center April 20-24.

Submit Articles to The SciTech Lawyer

The SciTech Lawyer welcomes article submissions.

Upcoming SciTech CLE Teleconferences

Click here to register for our free-to-Section-members March 31 teleconference on “Redefining the Legal Standard for "Reasonable" Security: The Far-Reaching Impact of the New Massachusetts Regulations.”

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