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Maine Law: A leader in information privacy law

June 27, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Maine School of Law continued to solidify its reputation in information privacy law this summer, as 20 students attended a two-week, for-credit program devoted to the emerging field.

The second annual Information Privacy Summer Institute was hosted in June by Maine Law, in collaboration with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The IAPP, based in Portsmouth, N.H., and led by Maine Law alum Trevor Hughes (’95), is a fast-growing professional association with more than 12,000 members in 78 countries.

Clearly, the Summer Institute is gaining momentum with Maine Law students, as registration doubled over last year’s inaugural program. Five attorneys also joined the students in courses taught by Omer Tene, Associate Professor at the College of Management School of Law in Israel and Kris Klein, Partner at nNovation LLP.

The Institute culminated in the June 21 Navigate conference, which provided fresh perspectives on emerging privacy issues, put in context by curated art. Speakers included Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director of the Human Dynamics Laboratory at MIT, and Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. Maine Law students had a unique opportunity to network with some of the world’s foremost professionals in the privacy field, including board members of the IAPP and the Future of Privacy Forum. Many students also took the opportunity to become Certified Information Privacy Professionals through IAPP’s certification exams.

“We continue to build our reputation as a destination school for privacy law,” said Andrew Clearwater, the Fellow for Maine Law’s Center for Law and Innovation, which houses the school’s privacy program.

Clearwater recently spoke with a student who plans to attend Maine Law this fall. The student, who has been working in Brussels for a leading technology company on security and global privacy, had asked a company executive where he should go to law school. The executive told him to consider two options: Maine Law or George Washington.

“It’s an exciting time for us. We are increasing outreach to the privacy community, creating new externships and internships for students to experience privacy law in the trenches, and offering new technology driven courses,” Clearwater said. “Privacy is a complex and evolving topic and Maine Law is uniquely situated to provide pathways to careers in this space.”

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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