The Federal Bar Association’s Rising Professionals Symposium at the Four Seasons February 1-2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada features leaders in law and technology discussing cutting-edge issues. Gain practical insight into the latest developments in technology law that you can bring back to your practice and learn about legislation, litigation, and regulation affecting communications, government, and information technology sectors.

“In Your Newsfeed” brings together world-renowned experts Ronika J. Carter, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Andrew Rossow to share their tips and tools for meeting critical law and technology challenges. Register now for the Rising Professionals Symposium at www.fedbar.org/rps19.

Smart Contracts: Will smart contracts replace the need for lawyers? Smart contracts are a key component of many platforms and applications being built using blockchain or distributed ledger technology. A smart contract may provide the framework for direct and secure agreements.

In her talk on “Smart Contracts Are Smarter Than You Think,” Attorney Ronika J. Carter will touch upon 1) the interplay between smart contracts and traditional text agreements; 2) challenges to smart contracts; 3) best practices for utilizing and incorporating smart contracts into your business or law firm; and 4) whether smart contracts can be deemed enforceable legal agreements under contract law in the U.S. Identify common misconceptions, applications, and legality for this budding blockchain technology.

Data Breach Litigation: Businesses face cybersecurity risks every day that threaten their data.  Federal circuits across the U.S. are wrestling with the issue of what satisfies the Article III standing requirement in data breach litigation. (Standing depends upon proving that some type of significant injury has occurred.) In a series of recent cases, courts have tended to allow lawsuits based on a lower threshold for establishing injury. However not all federal appeals courts have issued such favorable rulings to plaintiffs in breach cases, and until the Supreme Court weighs in on this issue, it is crucial for businesses to develop a breach response plan.

Kate Baxter-Kauf of Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. will address containment, investigation, and remediation of data breaches in “Now that We’ve Found Standing, What are We Gonna Do With It? What’s on the Horizon for Data Breach Litigation.” Receive a much-needed status update on retailer, medical, and tech company data breach litigation as its victims continue to grow each year.

Social Media: Online confessions. Fake news. Incriminating selfies. Addictive use. Cyberbullying. Revenge pornography. Trolling. Terrorist activities. There is undoubtedly a dark side to social media that holds enormous risks for individuals, businesses, and societies. The Age of Social Media is here but what digital dramas are following as a result? What legal guidelines, regulatory systems, and enforcement protections are in place to shield people from tech harm?

In “The Dark Side of Social Media: Where Do You Stand?” attorney Andrew Rossow of Rossow Law, LLC will discuss the good “digital citizenship” and fighting for those who are victimized by social media crimes, as well as educating and spreading awareness about the growth of new technologies and digital monies. Consumers, brands, and businesses confront unintended consequences stemming from social media use and abuse. Help clients minimize potential for online abuse and encourage legislators to enact more narrowly-tailored cyberbullying laws.

The study of how law interacts with technology is more critical now than ever before.  The Rising Professionals Symposium breaks the mold from your typical conference experience, while providing an informational and networking opportunity to elevate your career. Take the initiative to build your national network by interacting with peers, FBA leaders, and conference presenters during the program discussion and engage in conversation during the evening and after-hours receptions. Sign up now for the Rising Professionals Symposium! www.fedbar.org/rps19


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.