March 02, 2021

Message from the Chair

Cheryl McManus Burtzel

We Did It!

It was fun. It was packed with substance. It was Cyberspace!

What is IT? Well, the VIRTUAL Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting --- which was conducted in February.  The first time our Committee has conducted a virtual winter program.

For our Committee members who attended, thank you for joining us in this experiment.  And, good news – if you were unable to attend the Institute during the live sessions, all of the CLE content offered at the Institute will be available on demand through the ABA soon.

We learned a lot – from our great CLE faculty and speakers at our committee meetings.  Many thanks to our CLE faculty:

Ted Claypoole, Womble Bond Dickinson

Erin Jane Illman, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Steven T. Snyder, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Jon M. Garon, Nova Southwestern University College of Law

April Falcon Doss, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Jennifer Kinsley, Northern Kentucky University

Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law

Ian C. Ballon, Greenburg Traurig LLP

We appreciate the expertise of and investment of time by each member of our faculty.

In addition, we enjoyed hearing from Thomas P. Vartanian (George Mason University, Antonin Scalia School of Law) and a former Chair of the Cyberspace Law Committee at our Committee’s plenary meeting. Tom’s insights and predictions for the future of regulatory activity in our field were thought-provoking.  Thank you, Tom.

Finally, each of our subcommittees met, many with special guest speakers.  The real contributions of this Committee occur through the projects and hard work of our subcommittee leadership team and the dedication of our Committee members on those projects.  Thank you to all for the investment of time and expertise by our Subcommittee Chairs, the many guest speakers who joined us for the subcommittee meetings, and for the work and dedication of our committee members.

I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the many projects, initiatives and writing efforts discussed at the Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting.  And if you happen to talk or meet with any of our speakers or Committee members, be sure to thank them for their contributions to the Cyberspace Law Committee.


The Business Law Section Virtual Spring Meeting is coming up, running from April 19-23, 2021.  And good news:  Business Law Section members will not be charged a fee to attend!  You can register for the meeting here.  More details on Cyberspace Law Committee programs for the Spring meeting in next month’s newsletter.

Our Committee will be launching new subcommittee and committee webpages soon, so be on the lookout.  You will find these pages on the ABA site --- and we’ll send out a notice when they’re up.

Be sure the check out the Subcommittee Chair articles in this newsletter for information on their committee projects and ways to get involved.

If you have any questions or would like to know how to get more involved, please email me or our Committee Vice Chair Ed Morse.  We’d be delighted to help!

In the meantime, have a productive month.  Get involved!  We look forward to working with you.

Cheryl McManus Burtzel

Cyberspace Law Committee Chair