July 01, 2020 Feature

ABA Science & Technology Law Section Nominees for 2020–2021 Section Officer and Council Positions

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of nominees for 2020–2021 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, July 31, 2020, during the virtual ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.


Eric Drogin


Ericka Watson

Vice Chair

Garth Jacobson


Laura Possessky


Richard Field


Jared Chaney

Huu Nguyen

Thomas Tobin

Elliot Golding (to replace Jae Pak)

Section Chair

Eric Drogin will stand for election as Section Chair at the completion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Eric Y. Drogin currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Section of Science & Technology Law, Co-Chair of SciTech’s Committee on Behavioral & Neuroscience Law, and ABA Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers & Scientists—SciTech’s collaborative venture with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Additional positions have included Chair of SciTech’s Division of Life & Physical Sciences, Chair of SciTech’s Committee on the Rights & Responsibilities of Scientists, and Commissioner of the ABA’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. Eric teaches on the adjunct faculty of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, participates as an Instructor in the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and lectures for the Prifysgol Aberystwyth (formerly University of Wales) as an Honorary Professor of Law.

Eric is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Diplomate and former President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He currently holds faculty appointments with the Harvard Medical School (on the staff of the Forensic Psychiatry Service in the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and the BIDMC Harvard Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and is a member of the Program in Psychiatry & the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Additional positions have included Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Professional Practice and Standards, Chair of the APA’s Committee on Legal Issues, Chair of the APA’s Joint Task Force with ABA, and President of the New Hampshire Psychological Association.

Currently serving as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, and formerly serving as Editor in Chief of The Journal of Psychiatry & Law and Co-Editor in Chief of Psychological Injury and Law, Eric has authored or co-authored approximately 275 legal and scientific publications to date, including the books Science for Lawyers (2008), Evaluation for Guardianship (2010), Handbook of Forensic Assessment (2011), The Mental Health Professional in Court (2013), Mirandized Statements (2014), Conducting Miranda Evaluations (2019), and Ethical Conflicts in Psychology (2019). Eric’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses mental health law, expert witness testimony, and trial consultation.

Section Chair-Elect

Ericka Watson is the Chief Privacy Officer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a leading biotechnology company using the power of science to bring new medicines to patients in need. 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 Regeneron’s global data privacy compliance strategy, and advices Regeneron on a wide range of business matters and strategies related to data.

Ericka started her career with a passion for ethics, data and the law at GE Healthcare where she developed and drove their privacy program. She expanded her expertise in healthcare privacy when she joined AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, as their senior privacy leader. She later rekindled her love for technology when she joined Danaher Corporation, a global science and technology innovator committed to helping customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world, as their Global Data Privacy and EU Data Privacy Officer. She drove global efforts for these companies which led to enabling compliance with data protection requirements through strategic partnerships, legal analysis and application, implementation of tools and awareness programs.

Ericka currently serves as Section Vice Chair, Cyber Security Legal Taskforce Liaison. 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 Bar.

Section Vice Chair

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 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 Law sections. He serves as the SciTech Section Secretary and Chair of the Business Law Section’s LLC, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities Committee. Previously Garth served as SciTech’s Budget Officer and Co-Chair of the E-Filing Committee. He is a member the bar in Washington and Montana.

Garth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy, a Juris Doctorate, 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 Secretary

Laura A. Possessky is Senior Managing Attorney for Business Affairs with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Prior to joining CPB she was a partner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, where she practiced intellectual property, media, and entertainment law and represented clients on transactional matters for media content and technology convergence. Laura currently serves in the following SciTech leadership roles: Section Council Member, Co-Chair, Membership and Diversity Committee, Internet of Things National Institute Planning Committee Member, Special Adviser to the Museums and Arts Law Committee and Long-Range Planning Committee Member.

With 25 years in leadership in the District of Columbia Bar Laura currently serves as a D.C. Bar Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. She was the inaugural Chair of the DC Bar Technology Committee, which convened legal and internet technology professionals to provide advisory guidance on IT modernization for the bar and member services. She has served as President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and Docs in Progress.

Laura has frequently lectured and authored articles on the implications of content distribution through digital platforms, including “House of Cards: Will Copyright Issues in Online Distribution Topple Foundations or Revolutionize the Film and Television Industries?’ and “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Lenz v. Universal and the Future of DMCA Safe Harbor Takedown Notifications” both of which appeared in Landslide, the publication of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section. She was honored with the Woman of Vision Award in 2011 by Women in Film in Video for her contributions to the DC film community and the Frederick B. Abramson award in 2017 for her outstanding service to the DC Bar.

Laura received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice in New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates

Richard L. Field advises on international and domestic law and policy relating to global electronic commerce, technology and payment systems. He has been active in the area of legal harmonization and cross-border interoperability of cyber law, as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on the U.S. delegation for the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts, and as an expert adviser to the UNCITRAL Secretariat on technology law matters. He has an appointment to the International Joint Editorial Board of the Uniform Law Commission and is a member of the American Law Institute. He has assisted the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in its developing country law implementation efforts, the European Parliament in its study of electronic payment systems and commerce, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan on issues of network security, the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat on customs processing harmonization, and the Korean Institute of Technology and the Law as an International Advisor.

At the ABA, Richard currently represents the Science & Technology Law Section at the HOD and is on his second term on the ABA Journal Board of Editors. He is a past chair of SciTech (2005-6), has been the ABA’s Deputy Representative to the U.N., and has chaired a number of SciTech committees, as well the United Nations & International Organizations Committee in the International Law Section, where he was the Editor of International Law News.

Richard has been an Adjunct Professor of Electronic Finance at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and an Adjunct Professor in the International Transactions Program at George Mason University. He is a trustee of the Center for Modern Dance Education, Hackensack, NJ and has appeared in numerous productions at the Bergen County Players, Oradel, NJ. A former in-house counsel at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and at Morgan Guarantee Trust Company, Richard holds undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and engineering from Brown University, and a JD from NYU.

Section Council

Jared Chaney is a registered patent attorney at IBM, a fortune 500 company, where he has held a variety of roles including drafting and prosecuting patents in many areas of technology. Most recently, Jared oversees outside counsel as a case manager for IBM’s blockchain patent portfolio. Before becoming an attorney, Jared was a research and development engineer specializing in rapid prototyping of ceramics for applications ranging from space travel to microelectronics.

Jared is a member of the ABA Science & Technology Law Section, where he serves as Vice-Chair of the Book Publishing Board. He has previously served as the Law Student Liaison to the Section and as a member of the Membership and Diversity Committee.

Jared graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Material Science and Engineering. He also graduated from an international relations program at Kinki University in Osaka, Japan and worked, as a student, for a Japanese glass company. Later, he received his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jared enjoys the art of folding clothes with people still in them (otherwise known as jiu-jitsu), rock climbing, playing board games, axe throwing, and spending time with his three children and fiancée.

Elliot Golding

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 Science & Technology Law Section: 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 JD magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Eric A. Hibbard is a cybersecurity and privacy leader with extensive experience in industry (Hitachi, Raytheon, Hughes, OAO Corp), U.S. Government (NASA, DoE, DoD), and academia (University of California). As a practicing security professional, he architects and audits information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructures and solutions involving a wide range of technologies (IoT, cloud, storage, big data, AI, smart cities, blockchain) in organizations throughout the world.

Eric is an Associate Member of the ABA and been active with the SciTech Section since 2007. He has served in several SciTech leadership roles including: Co-Chair of the Privacy, Security and Emerging Technology Division; Co-Chair of the IoT Committee; Vice Chair of the Cloud Computing Committee; and Vice Chair of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee. Hibbard is currently a Member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. He is also actively involved in the organizing activities associated with the ABA Internet of Things (IoT) National institute.

Additionally, Eric holds leadership positions in standards development organization and industry associations, including ISO/IEC, the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the IEEE Computer Society, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Hibbard is or has served in an editorship role on the following international standards projects: ISO/IEC 22123 (Cloud computing – Concepts and terminology), ISO/IEC 27031 (ICT readiness for business continuity), ISO/IEC 27050 (Electronic discovery), ISO/IEC 27040 (Storage security), ISO/IEC PAS 16248 (TLS for storage systems), Rec. ITU-T 3500 | ISO/IEC 17788 (Cloud computing – Overview and vocabulary), and IEEE 1619-2018 (XTS-AES).

Mr. Hibbard possesses a unique set of professional credentials that include the (ISC)2 CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, and ISSEP certifications as well as the ISACA CISA, IAPP CIPT, and CSA CCSK certifications. He has a BS in Computer Science.

Huu Nguyen is a deal lawyer with a strong technical background. He focuses his practice on commercial and corporate transactions in the technology and venture space, and counsels and assists clients with fintech and payment systems transactions, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicle (AV) matters, licensing, outsourcing, complex commercial arrangements, strategic relationships, financial regulatory matters, privacy and security matters, cyber law and intellectual property (IP) rights matters.

Huu is a Vice-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law and has spoken widely on artificial intelligence law and written about the subject. As part of the ABA, Huu helped draft and pass the ABA’s resolution 112 related to the ethical usage of AI by lawyers and courts.

Huu holds his JD from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master of Science degree with honors from the University of Texas; and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He is admitted to the New York Bar.

Thomas Tobin is an Associate at Perkins Coie. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and class action matters involving statutory, constitutional, and regulatory issues in a range of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. In the food and beverage sector, Tommy has experience defending false advertising claims and consumer protection claims for well-known international corporations. He regularly writes articles on food law and policy issues, and he has contributed pieces to The Hill, Forbes, and Bloomberg Law.

Tommy serves as Co-Chair of the Food, Cosmetics, and Nutraceuticals Committee and is a member of the Book Publishing Board and The SciTech Lawyer Editorial Board.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Tommy served as a law clerk to the Hon. Max O. Cogburn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He holds degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. While earning his JD, he served as president of the Harvard Food Law Society, was an online editor for the Harvard Law & Policy Review and worked as a teaching fellow in the Harvard Economics Department.

Tommy is admitted to practice in Washington, California, South Carolina, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.