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“Reasonable” technical competency, an unreasonable expectation?

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Venue: Gooseberry Falls Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $35.00

Deadline to Register: 10 AM on February 12

The Computer and Technology Section Council will meet at 11:30 AM, follow by lunch and the CLE at noon.

Should there be a standard to help lawyers achieve reasonableness regarding computer privacy and security?  Should every lawyer have to spend time keeping up with all the technology on a regular basis?  Umm, seriously?

Would such a standard be merely a recommendation, a minimum, or something else?  Do there need to be multiple standards, or a variety of specific recommendations that depend upon the particular type of practice of the lawyer?  What kinds of specific recommendations should be included, at a high level?  Are there other, existing standards, that might provide guidance?  Who should prepare standards?  How often would they need to change?  How would they interact with other privacy laws that apply to all businesses, including lawyers?  What are the likely impacts of technical competency requirements on the legal profession?

The session will be in roundtable format.  The moderators will ask questions for audience consideration.


James C. (Chris) Evans is a patent lawyer and a partner with Tysver Beck Evans of Minneapolis.  Chris has a Ph.D. from Florida State University in ocean physics (supercomputer computational fluid dynamics modeling), and commercial and academic experience in software development, computer analytics, and IT project management.  Chris is a long-time member and former chair of the Computer & Technology Law Section of the MSBA.

Jamie Nafziger is a partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP of Minneapolis.  For over twenty years, Jamie has helped clients grow their businesses by helping them launch innovative online services. She chairs Dorsey’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Social Media Practice Group and has been named to the "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property and awarded “Author of the Year - E-commerce USA” by Lexology.  In addition to trademark prosecution and enforcement, her practice includes advising on privacy and other online policies, email and text marketing, children’s privacy issues, and numerous ecommerce-related laws.  Recently, she has been collaborating with clients in China who are launching apps in the U.S.

CLE Credit:

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 253628

Cost (includes lunch):

Computer & Technology Law Section Member:  FREE
MSBA Member but not member of the Computer & Technology Section : $15
Non-MSBA Member:  $35
Law Student: FREE

Join the Computer and Technology Law Section and attend the CLE for FREE! We are running a special promo - section dues are half off through February!
MSBA Members who are not members of the Computer and Technology Law Section and attend this CLE for FREE.  Call Tram Nguyen at 612-278-6316 to take advantage of this promo! 

Remote Participation: 

Participation by teleconference and webcast is available.  Please indicate remote participation when registering.  Instructions will be sent via email one day prior to the CLE.

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