Tech Law Career Series
This annual series is a chance for law students to explore various careers in technology and information law in a casual setting. CLIP brings practitioners to the law school to discuss their practice with a small group of students. The format offers a unique opportunity for students to find out about different practices and ask questions in an intimate setting.
Thursday, March 11 - Information Law in State Government
Clark Russell, Deputy Bureau Chief, Bureau of Internet and Technology at the Office of the New York State Attorney General
Clark Russell is the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Internet and Technology at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. The Bureau is committed to protecting consumers from online threats and has brought a number of ground-breaking cases involving internet and technology issues. Clark’s investigations included Secure Our Smartphones, where the office convinced smartphone manufacturers to install a “kill switch” in their smartphones; Operation Clean Turf, the largest investigation into companies flooding the Internet with fake positive reviews; and Operation Child Tracker, the largest state AG investigation of violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) by major child brand websites, and a well-known ad network. Clark oversees the office’s data breach notification program, and secured numerous record-setting results in data breach cases. He is also the principal draftsperson of the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act ("SHIELD Act") which overhauled New York State’s data security and notification, establishing new and unprecedented safeguards of personal data.
Monday, March 15 - Information Law in a Plaintiffs' Law Firm
Douglas Cuthbertson (FLS ’07), Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Douglas Cuthbertson is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office. Before joining Lieff Cabraser, Douglas worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was involved in civil litigation, including various shareholder and employment suits. Douglas also represented a domestic violence survivor facing malicious prosecution and false arrest suit brought by her abuser in Brooklyn Supreme Court, and represented an incarcerated individual in cooperation with the Legal Aid Society in a petition for resentencing under New York’s amended Rockefeller drug laws. In addition, Douglas successfully filed suit in the Brooklyn Housing Court on behalf of a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenant in cooperation with South Brooklyn Legal Services securing settlement requiring NYCHA to make needed repairs to the tenant’s apartment. Douglas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Andrew J. Peck from 2007 to 2009, where he worked to draft legal opinions and orders including Habeas Corpus petitions, Social Security appeals, and various suits involving New York State contract issues, Title VII employment discrimination, due process and First Amendment violations, and intellectual property claims. Douglas is a Board member of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Monday, March 22 - Information Law in a Small Firm
Jordan Kovnot (FLS ’11), Associate, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
Jordan Kovnot is a general corporate and technology attorney whose practice focuses on contract drafting, negotiation and matters relating to e-commerce and compliance with privacy laws. Jordan has extensive experience drafting software licensing agreements including platform licenses, white label and reseller agreements, and database licenses, confidentiality agreements, and online terms of service and privacy policies. Jordan regularly advises companies of varying size, from start-ups to mid-size firms, on licensing strategies, contract negotiations, settlement negotiations, trademark registrations, business formation, and data breach response. Jordan was previously an associate at OlenderFeldman, LLP where he worked extensively with software and technology clients, with a focus on businesses servicing the pharmaceutical industry that handle sensitive healthcare data. Jordan also served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School in New York City, teaching a course in Internet Law. Jordan was the Privacy Fellow and Interim Director of Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP). Jordan also worked as the Privacy and Technology Analyst at the New York law firm DeVore & DeMarco, LLP, where he specialized in analyzing complex issues related to information privacy and security and compliance with international, regional and local laws on data security. He also previously worked as a legal intern with the New York Attorney General’s Office Internet Bureau.
Monday, March 29 - Intellectual Property Law
Eleanor M. Lackman (FLS ’03), Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Eleanor M. Lackman is a nationally recognized leader in copyright and trademark law, with a particular focus on litigation and counseling in the media, entertainment, and sports industries. Among other recognitions, Eleanor has been repeatedly named as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers, one of the top 250 women in IP worldwide by Managing IP, a “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and New York Law Journal, and one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” by Variety. Chambers USA has included her in its rankings each year since 2014, noting most recently her reputation for “being especially strategic, thoughtful and creative.” Eleanor’s clients include leading names and up-and-coming companies in the media, entertainment, sports and games, ecommerce, fashion, technology, and consumer goods industries. Eleanor also is dedicated to the community, including representing clients on numerous pro bono matters and serving on the board of New York’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Eleanor maintains a broad-based practice covering copyright and trademark issues – from creation and protection through litigation – and pivots easily from being a “hired gun” to serving as outside general counsel for innovative and forward-thinking clients. During her 17 years of practice, she has served successfully as lead counsel at trial, won multiple appeals in federal and state courts, and won a wide array of motions in IP and commercial cases in courts across the country and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Major industry players routinely call on her to draft amicus briefs in the most closely watched copyright and trademark cases in the country. At the same time, she works hand-in-hand with brand owners on brand development and rebranding, trademark clearance and protection, brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting, risk assessment and mitigation, and licensing, acquisitions, and sales of trademark and copyright assets.
Monday, April 5 - Information Law in Big Law
Lisa Zivkovic (FLS ’18), Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Ms. Lisa V. Zivkovic, Ph.D is an associate in the New York Office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the Firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection, Technology Transactions, and Litigation Practices Groups. Ms. Zivkovic advises a wide range of clients, including technology, financial services, data aggregation and analytics, vehicle, and telematics companies, on new and complex legal and policy issues regarding global data privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and big data. Her practice focuses on assisting clients with data breach response and planning, cyber fraud, cloud computing, as well as government investigations and regulatory compliance with state, federal, and international privacy regulations, including the California Consumer Privacy Act, EU General Data Protection Regulation, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, and other proposed laws. Ms. Zivkovic completed her Doctor of Philosophy in the history of data privacy in the United States and Europe. Pursuant to winning the Tradafir Writing Competition, her article, entitled “The Alignment Between the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation: Reform Needs to Protect the Data Subject,” was published in University of Iowa’s College of Law’s Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems Journal. She also completed a legal externship in the Bureau of Internet and Technology at the Office of the New York Attorney General. At Fordham Law, she was a Decennial Fellow at the Center of Law and Information Policy and a member of Fordham Law’s Urban Law Journal.