May 01, 2019

Message from the Chair

Cheryl Dancey Balough

Dear Cyberspace Colleagues:

The ABA has officially launched Cyberspace Law’s latest book, Cloud 3.0: Drafting and Negotiating Cloud Computing Agreements. Many thanks to editors Lisa Lifshitz and John Rothchild and to the 20+ chapter authors who contributed knowledge, time, and expertise to this project. While it is accessible to non-experts, even seasoned technology law veterans—as many of you no doubt are—will benefit from the authoritative guidance of the authors, who provide practical guidance and best practices to help you understand, evaluate, negotiate, and draft cloud computing agreements..

We are fortunate to have many other committee members actively involved in other publication projects:

The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines, edited by Ted Claypoole, will be out within a few weeks.
• The Consumer Privacy and Data Analytics Subcommittee is close to wrapping up the first edition of its Global Privacy Checklist, which will give in-house and outside counsel, as well as compliance, risk, data, records, and information governance professionals, a snapshot of global regulations. The intent is to update this publication annually. John Isaza and John Rothchild lead this project.
• Writing and editing are ongoing for the Directors’ Handbook – Enterprise Technology. If interested in helping with the editing process, please contact Candace Jones or Isvara Wilson.
• John Rothchild, editor of the “Survey of the Law of Cyberspace,” is soliciting authors for this excellent annual resource to be published in the Winter edition of The Business Lawyer. You can learn more about contributing here.

Several other projects are in the planning stage. If you have an idea or are looking for an opportunity to contribute—whether it’s an article for the newsletter, Business Law Today, or The Business Lawyer; a checklist, a webinar, a book, or something else—please let me, Cheryl Burtzel, or publications director Juliet Moringiello know. Or participate in one of the monthly Current Law Task Force calls.

The leadership team is in the process of reviewing the many strong CLE proposals submitted for the BLS Annual Meeting, which will take place in Washington DC on September 12-14. If you have a last-minute proposal, please contact Ed Morse ( right away.

Thank you to those who took a couple of minutes to share preferences for location of the 2020 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting is now. Based on your input, we expect to be in the southwestern U.S. next January. We are working now on arrangements and will have more concrete information mid to late summer. If you know of a firm or vendor that would like to help sponsor the Institute, please let Cheryl Burtzel or me know.

As always, please feel free to share your ideas about any Cyberspace Law Committee project us.

Cheryl Dancey Balough
Cyberspace Law Committee Chair

Cheryl D. Balough

Cyberspace Law Committee Chair