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August 21, 2019

ABA Section of Science & Technology Law Nominees for 2019–2020 Section Officer and Council Positions

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Julie Fleming, is pleased to announce the following slate of nominees for 2019–2020 Officer and Council positions in the Section of Science & Technology Law. The Section membership will vote on the slate of candidates during the Section’s Annual Business Meeting, which immediately follows the Council Meeting on Friday, August 9, 2019, during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.


Katherine E. Lewis

Vice Chair

Ericka Watson


Garth Jacobson

Budget Officer

Lois Mermelstein


William B. Baker


Elliot Golding (1-year term)

Peter McLaughlin

Deborah Shelton

Carol Williams

Incoming Section Chair

Julie A. Fleming will automatically succeed to the position of Section Chair at the completion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Julie Fleming has been active with the SciTech Section since 1997, when she served as Chair of the Biotechnology Law Committee. Her subsequent SciTech positions include Council member, Chair of the Life and Physical Sciences Division, member of the Board and Editor-in-Chief of The SciTech Lawyer, Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Section, and member of the Long-Range Planning Committee and the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law.

Julie has organized several Section-sponsored programs, including “Can You Grow That Body Part?” (ABA Annual Meeting), “The SciTech Edge: Career and Business Development at the Intersection of Law, Science, and Technology” (SciTech teleconference), and the Presidential Showcase Program “Seven Secrets Every Lawyer Must Know to Thrive, Even in a Recession.” She also authored “Biotechnology Patent Litigation for the Non-Patent Attorney,” a chapter in Biotechnology and the Law.

Julie practiced law for over a decade, focusing on patent litigation, before launching the Atlanta-based legal business development consultancy now known as Fleming Strategic. She is the author of three books: The Reluctant Rainmaker: A Guide for Lawyers Who Hate Selling, Seven Foundations of Time Mastery for Attorneys, and Legal Rainmaking Myths: What You Think You Know about Business Development Could Kill Your Practice. A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Julie holds a JD from the Emory University School of Law, a BS from Georgia State University, a BA from Vanderbilt University, and a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University.

Section Chair-Elect

Katherine E. Lewis is a partner at Meister Seelig & Fein LLP and concentrates her practice at the intersection of information technology, new media, and visual arts and culture. Katherine’s clients include enterprise and start-up technology firms, entertainment companies, artists, writers, museums, foundations, cultural organizations, and other nonprofit organizations. Katherine advises clients on a variety of corporate, intellectual property, and technology-related matters, including digital and new media, software and technology licensing, software development, intellectual property transactions, collection and use of data, machine learning development and licensing, cultural property transactions, artist commissions, publishing agreements, acquisitions and loan agreements, collections and archival digitization, and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining Meister Seeling & Fein LLP, she was an Attorney-Advisor with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Contracting.

Katherine serves as Section Vice Chair and on the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) board, a 14-member joint standing committee comprised of ABA and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) members that explores the intersection of human rights and cultural heritage preservation issues through the application of science and technology. She is also Chair of the Administration Division, Vice Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee and Special Advisor to the Museum and the Arts Law Committee.

Katherine currently serves as Trustee on the Bronx Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Global Center of Innovation for the i2M Standards’ Jurisprudence Working Group. She is a regular speaker for ABA programs and regional and national museum associations on legal issues facing museums, specifically as they relate to intellectual property and information technology, and has published on topics including intellectual property, information technology in museums, cultural property, social media, and copyright law.

Section Vice Chair

Ericka Watson is Lead Counsel for Global Data Privacy at Danaher Corp., a global science and technology innovator committed to helping customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. She has strategic and tactical experience of implementing and enforcing comprehensive corporate privacy programs and cross-business working environments in the management of regulated data. She is responsible for leading the effort to develop and communicate Danaher’s global data privacy compliance strategy, and advises Danaher and its operating companies on a wide range of business matters and strategies.

Ericka was previously a senior privacy leader at AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, previously part of Abbott Laboratories. Prior to that she led privacy at GE Healthcare. She was responsible for leading global efforts to accomplish internal compliance and enabling client compliance with data protection requirements through the development of comprehensive and effective technology solutions, internal procedures, security controls, and awareness programs. She navigated challenging and novel privacy and data security issues and worked to develop compliant solutions.

Ericka is a frequent speaker on privacy matters including: Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, HIPAA, Developing a Global Privacy Program, and Mobile Privacy. She was a speaker at the 2017 and 2018 Internet of Things National Institutes in Washington, DC., presented by the Section of Science & Technology Law.

Ericka currently serves as Section Secretary, Healthcare Technology Committee Vice Chair, and Long-Range Planning Committee Member. Ericka has also served the Section as Council Member (2014-2017), E-Privacy Committee Vice Chair (2017-2018), Healthcare Technology Committee Co-Chair (2016-2017) and Vice Chair (2010-2015) and Membership and Diversity Committee Member (2013-2018).

Ericka received her BA from CUNY-Hunter College, and earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is currently an active member of the Illinois and Wisconsin Bars.

Section Secretary

Garth B. Jacobson serves as a Senior Government Relations Attorney and Compliance Officer for CT Corporation. Prior to this position, he worked at Preston Gates and Ellis LLP. Previously, he held the position of Chief Legal Counsel to the Montana Secretary of State where he successfully litigated election law cases before the state trial and appellant courts and federal courts. During that tenure, he served on the state bar committees that drafted business entity legislation including profit and nonprofit corporate acts, revisions to the partnership laws and the limited liability company act. Additionally, he developed and administered alternative dispute resolution of business name infringements. He served on the Montana Ethics Advisory Commission. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of Montana and was also the president of the Montana First Judicial District Bar Association.

He served as an observer/advisor to various Uniform Laws Commission business entity drafting committees. Recently he participated as an “observer” on the Series LLC drafting committee and the ABA advisor on the Wage Garnishment Committee. He is a member of the ABA Business Law and the Science & Technology (SciTech) sections. He serves as the SciTech Section Budget Officer. He is the chair of the LLC, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities Committee. He is a member of the bar in Washington and Montana.

Garth received a B.A. degree in Economics and Philosophy, a JD and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Additionally, he holds an LLM in Taxation from the University of Washington. The Counsel of State Governments named him a Toll Fellow. This prestigious national award recognizes outstanding leadership and service in state government.

Garth has many years’ experience with legal education, as a presenter, organizer or moderator of numerous continuing legal education (CLE) programs. He conducted programs on a variety of topics, Including: tax law, corporations, LLCs, UCC, service of process, anti-money laundering and legal ethics. He also taught, as an adjunct professor, business law classes at Carroll College, Helena, Montana.

Garth enjoys rock, alpine and ice climbing. His climbing resume includes summits of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Castleton Tower and the Snake Dike route on Half Dome, Yosemite. He is a member of the Seattle Mountaineers’ climbing program. Additionally, he often creates pottery at Pottery Northwest where he completed a ten-year term.

Section Budget Officer

Lois D. Mermelstein concentrates her law practice on software and hardware patent matters and technology law.

Lois is an active member of SciTech. She currently serves as Assistant Budget Officer, co-chairs the Interdisciplinary Division, and is a Council member, and previously served as co- and Editor-in-Chief of The SciTech Lawyer. She also serves as the ABA Business Law Section’s Liaison to SciTech and chairs that section’s Technology Committee. Lois has also organized and presented recent CLEs on artificial intelligence, information technology, and intellectual property issues in business transactions.

Lois earned her JD from Washington & Lee University School of Law. She also has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. Before law school, she worked as a software and firmware engineer and team leader, and kept busy outside of work running horse shows, serving as a club treasurer and newsletter editor, and earning her pilot’s license.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates

William B. Baker is a partner in the Potomac Law Group, PLLC, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. He has practiced for more than thirty-five years in the areas of communications, technology, and postal law, with particular interest in privacy, information law, and marketing communications. He previously practiced for more than 30 years in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein LLP, after beginning his career at a law firm in New York City.

Bill currently serves as the Chair of the Section of Science & Technology Law. He previously served as the Section’s Chair-Elect, Vice Chair, and Secretary. He served as the Section’s Budget Officer from 2012 to 2015, and as Assistant Budget Officer prior to that. He was an elected member of the Section’s Council from 2008-2012. He has chaired or co-chaired several Section committees, including the Data Property Rights Committee from 2013-2016, the ePrivacy Law Committee from 2003 to 2008, and the Committee on Telecommunications and Information Services from 1998 to 2002. He currently serves as Section Advisor to Uniform Law Commission Technology Committee. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

He has written numerous articles on privacy and technology issues, published articles in Jurimetrics, eMerging News, and The SciTech Lawyer, and has served as a moderator or panelist on a number of Section programs. Outside of the ABA, Bill chaired the Government Affairs Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council from 2001 to 2005, served on Advisory Committees to the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science from 1997 to 2005, and is a longtime member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He also was a founder and initial co-commissioner of the Youth Ultimate League of Arlington.

He holds a B.A. degree in Economics, and a Juris Doctor degree, both from the University of Virginia. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Section Council

Elliot Golding is a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and Healthcare Industry Group leadership team at Squire Patton Boggs, where he provides business-oriented privacy and cybersecurity advice to a wide range of clients, with a particular focus on companies handling healthcare and other personal data.

Elliot partners with clients to proactively manage risk by developing and implementing information governance programs, drafting privacy and security policies, preparing and testing data breach response plans, and negotiating complex data agreements. He not only counsels clients about what the law currently requires, but also provides industry context and forward-looking advice that takes into account trends and best practices in developing areas, such as the Internet of Things.

Elliot serves in the following leadership roles in the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law: Vice-Chair, Privacy, Security and Emerging Technology Division, Co-Chair of the E-Privacy Law Committee, Vice-Chair, Healthcare Technology Committee and Member, Long Range Planning Committee. He is also a member of the Bloomberg BNA Health Care Innovations Board, a frequent speaker and writer of thought leadership pieces and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

Elliot received his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from George Washington University Law School and his B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Peter McLaughlin is a Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson LLP in Boston. He advises clients on a broad range of technology transactions, privacy and security issues, with a particular focus on digital health and how new technologies manage information. He also represents clients across industry sectors with respect to rules governing personal information; responding to regulators from the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state attorneys general; and supporting post-enforcement compliance obligations.

Peter currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of the SciTech Lawyer magazine as Co-Chair of the Healthcare Technology Committee. Previous SciTech roles include service as Co-Chair and Vice chair of the Information Security Committee.

Peter earned his B.A at Columbia University and JD at Georgetown University. He is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and New York.

Deborah M. Shelton recently re-joined Arent Fox LLP as a Partner in the Washington, DC Office. She has more than 20 years of experience as an FDA regulatory attorney, and helps clients navigate complex regulations in the Life Sciences industry, with a specific emphasis on biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. In addition to representing clients in matters before the FDA, Deborah advises clients in matters regulated by the DEA, FTC and USDA. Her clients include companies of all sizes, from startup enterprises to multinational corporations, for whom she provides strategic counsel in navigating complex regulations that impact every stage of product development, approval, and marketing.

Prior to re-joining Arent Fox, Deborah led the food & drug practice McCarter & English LLP. She also previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Healthcare at BIO, the world’s largest biotrade association, and as lead US counsel to a global biotechnology company’s Global Regulatory Policy and government Affairs teams.

Deborah is dedicated to working with patients, research institutions, industry, FDA, and NCI, in raising awareness of the critical need for patient-focused drug development and advancing therapies for rare cancers and other diseases. Deborah serves as the Medical Liaison to the ACPMP Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to fund promising research to find a cure for psuedomyxoma peritonei (PMP), appendix cancer, and related peritoneal surface malignancies.

Deborah currently serves in the following leadership roles within SciTech: Co-Chair of the Life Science Division, Co-Chair of the Biotechnology Law Committee and Vice Chair of the Program Committee.

Deborah received her BS, summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and her JD with honors from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Deborah is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Carol Williams received her LL.B. (Hons.) in Law from the University of Wales and her undergraduate diploma (UCP) in Psychology from the University of Derby. She is currently completing her graduate studies in Psychology (Ph.D.) at Aberystwyth University. Carol continues to serve as a co-instructor for the “Law and Mental Health” course at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, frequently offers guest lectures on forensic behavioral science topics in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and has participated in the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshops. Her current SciTech involvement includes the Behavioral and Neuroscience Law Committee (Co-Chair), the Program Committee, and the Book Publishing Board. Carol is the author or co-author of several book chapters, articles, and reviews on such topics as malingering, scientific data management, involuntary civil commitment, legal aspects of solitary confinement, and core appellate cases in forensic psychiatry. u

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