Data privacy and security

Tower to the Trenches, CLE Series

8-5-16-tower-iconTower to the Trenches, is a monthly CLE series, including one hour of either ethics or professionalism training, dedicated to Georgia State Law alumni. The monthly sessions will be led by Georgia State Law faculty and alumni who are experts in specific practice areas.

April 28

  • When: 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Where: Knowles Conference Center, 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta
  • Topic: Data Privacy and Security


The program features a 40-minute faculty presentation, 60-minute panel discussion, and 20-minute question and answer session with faculty, panel and attendees.

Times and Dates

The 2016-17 series begins Friday, Aug. 26, and concludes in April. Each session is on the last Friday of the month, unless noted, beginning at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

  • 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26: Liking, Linking & Tweeting: Social Media in Practice
  • 9-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30: Full of Patients But Low on Cash: Managing Conflicts Between Health-Care Needs and Budget Woes: Six years after the passing of the Affordable Care Act, the health care industry faces unique financial concerns, and the upcoming election has the potential to significantly influence health care finance and delivery. Panelists will discuss the impact of the ACA on participating insurers, the complications of the financially distressed providers and patients, and the ethical implications and limitation of representing health care entities. They also will explore differences  between larger urban health systems and smaller rural ones, as well as for profit and not-for-profit institutions. With Georgia leading the country in hospital closures, this session will explore several recent examples as case studies.
    • Speakers: William H. Bolin, Owner and principal of Boling Co.; Samantha R. Johnson (J.D. ’03, M.B.A. ’14, M.H.A. ’14), senior associate general counsel at Grady Health System; Samuel R. Maizel, partner, Restructing, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Group at Dentons; Professor Jack F. Williams, Georgia State Law
    • Presentations: Rural Health Challenges 2016 and Full of Patients But Low on Cash
    • We have applied for 2 CLE Credits (1 hour of ethics plus one more to be determined)
  • Friday, Dec. 9: Is there an App for Liability? The Practice of Law in a Shared Economy: There seems to be an ever-increasing number of companies entering the shared economy—from Uber to Airbnb to Roadie, these companies are rapidly restructuring how we operate as consumers. Much of the shared economy business model remains an under-regulated Wild West that presents liability landmines in a number of ways. Our panelists will discuss recent cases and emerging issues that examine the tension inherent in regulating the sharing economy including insurance, taxes, and consumer rights. Beyond that, there are ethical issues that lawyers encounter both in advising these clients and participating in the shared economy.
    • Speakers: Kimberly Reeves (J.D. ’13), associate at Carlock Copeland; Michael Manfredi (J.D. ’10), associate at Carlock Copeland; and moderated by Associate Dean Jessica Gabel Cino
    • We have applied for 2 CLE Credits (1 hour of ethics plus one more to be determined)
  • Friday, Jan. 27: The Future of the Affordable Care Act — A Legal Perspective: How to advise health care clients in a time of uncertainty and how are health care entities bracing for the changes.
    • Speakers: Russell Sullivan, partner at McGuire Woods and former staff director for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Kirkland McGhee (J.D. ’85), vice president and senior counsel at Kaiser Permanente, and Charlotte Combre (J.D. ’97), partner at Baker Hostetler; and moderated by Erin Fuse Brown, assistant professor of law
  • Friday, March 3; 9-11 a.m. Immigration Under Fire: Navigating New Laws and Ethics in 2017: This program will review the enacted, enjoined and expected policy changes; legal and other challenges to current immigration practices; and the ethical considerations for immigration lawyers in both corporate and individual immigration spheres.
    • Speakers: Kristin Aquino-Pham (J.D. ’11), associate at Greenberg Traurig; Julie Elgar (J.D. ’00), Georgia Pacific, and Sara Herbek, partner at Olgetree Deakins
    • Moderator: Carolina Antonini (J.D. ’96), partner with Antonini and Cohen Immigration Law Group
  • Friday, March 31: 9-11 a.m. Litigation as a Gun Control Strategy: Litigation isn’t always about money. Sometimes it’s meant to curb practices or save lives. Only a handful of cases have held gun dealers responsible for selling a firearm linked to a crime. Is litigation a promising avenue to saving lives and curbing gun violence? Our panel will tackle both sides of that issue.
    • Speakers: Timothy Lytton, professor at Georgia State Law, Peter Canfield, partner at Jones Day, and John Monroe with Georgia Carry.Org
    • Moderator: Blinn Combs (J.D. ’17)
  • Friday, April 28: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Data Privacy and Security: As lawyers, we have ethical and professional obligations to protect client data. Are you clear on what those obligations are? Confidential data in computer and information systems faces greater security threats today than ever before — and it’s part of your practice to appreciate where the threats come from, what the problems are, how to respond to breaches and how to advise clients on all of these issues. The wealth of confidential data maintained in lawyers’ computers and information systems today makes safeguarding client data part of the regular practice of law. The panel will discuss these professional and ethical issues.

Registration: The cost is $50, which covers the CLE credits and other incidentals.

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