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August 31, 2016

Editor’s Message

The past few months have been very complicated, on a spectrum ranging from local to international events. Chair Donna Frazier reflects on this in the Chair’s Message. Victor Marquez, a member of the ABA Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Commission and the first openly gay President of the National Hispanic Bar Association, comments on the attack at Orlando’s Pulse LGBT Nightclub from the joint perspectives of his life and his profession as a lawyer.

The drama of the recent Wikileaks publication of hacked national political party emails provides yet another warning for lawyers to look to our use of the internet with an eye to heightened cybersecurity. Christopher Brown’s article, “Cyber Breach = Ethics Breach?,” addresses our responsibilities under the Model Rules and ABA Resolution 109 and Report (2014). His follow-up article, “The Cyber Frontier” reports on the first of three Tabletop Exercises presented in San Juan on April 8, 2016. Sorell Negro’s report on the World Jurist Association’s conference on “The Internet: Challenges to Peace and Freedom” held in Barcelona on May 19-21, 2016, provides an international perspective and discusses our Section’s future participation in next steps.

This issue also presents Casey Kannenberg’s article describing the Young Lawyers Division’s proposed resolution to oppose cyber-predators “grooming” vulnerable youth, and Daiquiri Steele’s report on the ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity’s CLE, “Pride and Prejudice and the Practice of Law” on April 9, 2016, at the San Juan Spring Meeting, with a focus on the proposed amendment to Model Rule 8.4 in the context of the current ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.