Rita Heimes is Research Director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She directs Maine Law’s Summer Information Privacy Institute and works closely with Maine Law on its Information Privacy program.
Rita has extensive experience in privacy law, intellectual property law, and cybersecurity law in the private sector, having practiced law in Seattle, Anchorage and Boulder and most recently at Verrill & Dana in Portland, Maine. Prior to joining the IAPP, Rita was a law professor and academic dean at the University of Maine School of Law. At Maine Law, she directed the Center for Law + Innovation, founded the patent law clinic, and developed the nation’s first Privacy Pathways program.
Rita is an active scholar and speaker in the privacy law area. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from Drake University School of Law. She clerked for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle. For her extensive pro bono service she received a Katahdin counsel award in 2013. A member of several boards related to information privacy and cybersecurity, she is also involved in local education issues in Portland, Maine.