Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Emerging Technologies
Launched in December 2018, the Cyber+ Section aims to:
1 - Provide a forum to address the developments in cyber security, data privacy and emerging technologies and their impact on the practice of law.
2 - Serve as a facilitator, connecting the legal profession with the many technology organizations and vendors in the community.
3 - Assist and educate lawyers with Continuing Legal Education programs and CMBA Bar Journal articles, including partnering with other CMBA Sections, Committee and the Law Firm 2040 Task Force.
4 - Provide networking and business development opportunities for members.
5 - Partner with the CMBA on pro bono and community service efforts.
6 - Support the efforts of the law schools and their student initiatives.
Why Should You Join the Section? Hear from one of our members!
“I am very glad to have recently attended my first CPETS event. It was a discussion of the Ohio Data Protection Act, which creates a safe harbor for businesses to use as an affirmative defense following a data breach. While cybersecurity and emerging technologies might seem unapproachable, that was not the case at this event. The speakers were knowledgeable, clear, and entertaining. I am looking forward to attending the next CPETS event!”
--Melissa Bilancini, C|M Law, Class of 2019
How to Join
It's easy for CMBA members!
Click here to email CMBA staff, or call us at 216-696-3525. Section dues of $35 will be billed starting July 1, 2020.
Not a CMBA Member? Visit www.CleMetroBar.org/Membership for more info on how CMBA membership can benefit you!
Section members will provide quarterly articles for the CMBA Bar Journal.
We sponsor informative, innovative CLE programs and luncheon meetings on important topics, providing a convenient venue for our members to obtain continuing legal education and information on current developments. Live online programming has now become more pertinent, making it easier to ascertain speakers and deliver content in a more expedient fashion.
Email us your topic and speaker suggestions here
November's Section CLE:
The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: What Lawyers Need to Know
sure to scoop up an hour of professional conduct CLE on November 19 at
Noon with our Cyber+ Section as they host esteemed speakers to expand
upon Artificial Intelligence and the Law.
intelligence has been a huge boon to the legal profession. But there’s a
reason that the experts are talking about “dark AI” crimes (spoiler
alert: the most dangerous crimes involve deepfakes) and fretting about
the decisions made by “black box” AI.
To be competent,
an attorney needs to understand how AI works – and may indeed be
required to use AI if it would reduce costs/produce faster, more
reliable results, etc. How does an attorney measure the transparency
and trustworthiness of AI? How would a lawyer know whether AI technology
reflects the biases and prejudices of its developers and trainers,
leading to skewed results?
In August 2019,
the American Bar Association adopted a long-awaited resolution urging
courts and lawyers “to address the emerging ethical and legal issues
related to the usage of artificial intelligence (“AI”) in the practice
then have been fast and furious. Join our experts as they explain a
lawyer’s ethical considerations when evaluating and using AI in your law
Sharon D. Nelson, Esq.
Sharon D. Nelson,
Esq., is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is a
nationally-known digital forensics, managed information technology
provider and managed cybersecurity firm in Fairfax, Virginia.
Ms. Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” as well as “Digital Detectives.”
She is a frequent
author (eighteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles)
and speaker on legal technology, cybersecurity and electronic evidence
topics. She was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013 – June
2014 and a past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, and the
Fairfax Bar Association.
John W. Simek
Mr. Simek is the
Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is a nationally-known
digital forensics, managed information technology provider and managed
cybersecurity firm located in Fairfax, Virginia.
Mr. Simek has a
national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has
testified as an expert witness throughout the United States. He holds a
degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and
an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.
Mr. Simek holds
the prestigious CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security
Professional) and the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certifications in
addition to multiple other technical certifications. He is a past chair
of ABA TECHSHOW and a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives.
He is a frequent author (eighteen books published by the ABA and
hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, cybersecurity and
electronic evidence topics.
Cyber+ Monthly Meetings
We intend on meeting less frequently, but more purposefully. Cyber+ is
set to meet once every two months in order to touch base with members
and to provide timely programming that will sometimes offer CLE.
Below are resources that may be of interest to Section members:
Analysis of the Ohio Data Protection Act White Paper
The Sedona Conference Commentary on Application of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Protection to Documents and Communications Generated in the Cybersecurity Context, Public Comment Version