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From the Boston Bar Journal: Reflections of a Former FISA Judge

At the time I was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“the FISA Court”) by the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist in mid-2001, very few judges, let alone members of the public, had ever heard of that Court.  September 11, 2001, changed all of that.  Now, most of us are well aware of the existence and purpose of the FISA Court, if not the details of its operations, and currently it is smack in the middle of the debate about trade-offs between civil liberties and national security.
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Intellectual Property Law Committees

  • Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Committee
    This committee provides resources for lawyers who represent clients in the arts, in entertainment and in associated industries, including visual artists, writers, publishers, film and TV producers, songwriters, music producers and publishers, performing artists and those involved in other creative pursuits.

    Contact Information

    Sara Halton

    Reebok International Ltd

    (857) 4432588

    Keith E Toms

    McCarter & English, LLP

    (617) 449-6500

  • Intellectual Property Basics Committee
    The IP Basics Committee offers programming on beginner and intermediate topics in IP, based on the core topics of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and Licensing, and supplemented by other relevant, appropriate topics.

    Contact Information

    Hannah Joseph

    Beck Reed Riden LLP

    (617) 500-8660

    Gary Michael Bloom

    Law Office of Gary Bloom

    (617) 553-4255

    Nicole Gage

    Foley & Lardner LLP

    (617) 502-3216

  • Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee brings together lawyers from diverse IP law fields, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and transfer of technology, know-how and publicity rights law.

    Contact Information

    Julia Mathis

    Hologic, Inc.

    (508) 263-8602

  • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
    This committee provides education concerning the enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets rights, as well as the defense of those accused of infringing on such rights, in federal and state courts, the International Trade Commission, and the USPTO.

    Contact Information

    Margaret E. Ives

    Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    (617) 248-4907

    Stephen Bychowski

    Fresenius Medical Care North America

    (781) 699-2056

    Gregory S. Bombard

    Duane Morris LLP

    (857) 488-4235

  • International Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee develops programming concerning IP law developments outside the United States. In particular, the committee liaises with foreign counsel and IP experts outside the United States to develop programming for the BBA with a local law perspective.

    Contact Information

    Emilia Francesca Cannella

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (617) 951-7170

    Carrie Webb Olson

    Day Pitney LLP

    (617) 345-4767

  • Internet & Technology Law Committee
    This committee covers information technology topics including software licensing, cybersecurity, data protection and sharing, free speech on the Internet, and legal issues related to cloud computing.

    Contact Information

    Pia Owens

    The MathWorks, Inc.

    (508) 647-7000

    Sally L. Byrne

    Sally Byrne LLC

  • Life Sciences Committee
    The focus of this committee encompasses the business, patent, and trademark issues that arise in biotechnology, health care services, laboratory services, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.

    Contact Information

    Hannah Freeman

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (617) 951-7158

    Janine S Ladislaw

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1790

  • Privacy Law Committee
    This committee covers the full range of issues involved with the collection, use, sharing and securing of personal information, as relevant to Massachusetts-based entities. Areas covered include website and online privacy; information management practices; physical and system monitoring; healthcare, financial and other sector-specific privacy rules; international data collection and transfers; RFID and other tracking technologies; workplace privacy concerns; and new developments in privacy and compliance law and practice.

    Contact Information

    Kent D.B. Sinclair

    Sinclair Law LLC

    (781) 454-7208

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.