Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2015-02-19

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law will explore privacy and data security at a symposium, “Practicing Law in the Age of Surveillance and Hackers,” Friday, Feb. 27.

Sponsored by Cumberland’s American Journal of Trial Advocacy, the program in Robinson Hall law building is free and open to the public. Following registration check in at 8:30 a.m., the program will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m.

The program will include a broad and theoretical exploration of privacy and data security for legal practitioners. Topics will address privacy and confidentiality related issues in the era of mass surveillance and the future of privacy and data security in the digital age.

James R. Silkenat, immediate past president of the American Bar Association, will present the keynote address. He is a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester.

Two panels will feature speakers who represent various aspects of the symposium topic. Cumberland professor Woodrow Hartzog, an internationally recognized expert in the areas of privacy, media and robotics law, will moderate both panels.

Panel I will focus on “Discovery and Cooperation:  Attorney Obligations when Interacting with Others."  

Panelists are Brian Levine, national CHIP (Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property) coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice; Sarah Hutchins, attorney, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, Charlotte, North Carolina; Mark Jenkins, associate general counsel and executive vice president of knowledge strategy at cicayda, Nashville, Tennessee; and Dera Nevin, director of eDiscovery services at Proskauer Rose, New York, New York.

Panel II’s topic is “Protecting Client Data in an Age of Uncertainty.”

Those panelists are Carrie Goldberg, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, Brooklyn, New York; Drew Simshaw, information security law and policy analyst at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana; and Harvey Rishikof, advisory committee chair, ABA standing committee on law and national security.

Attorneys may receive three hours of continuing legal education credit.  The first 100 at the symposium will receive a free copy of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook. Reservations are requested. For more information or to RSVP, email or call (205) 726-2959.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.