Washington DC 2012 Conference

Law and Technology: Innovation in the Digital Age

Washington, DC, USA • April 22-24, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

The World Jurist Association would like to thank all the delegates, speakers and moderators who participated in the Washington DC 2012 Conference on  Law and Technology: Innovation in the Digital Age, held April 22-24, 2012 in Washington, DC USA. This conference was co-located with the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA’s) mid-year seminar at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

A world ruled by law, not force” has been the World Jurist Association´s mission since its founding. WJA’s annual conferences provide a unique, dynamic and open forum for legal professionals share their experiences, exchange ideas and learn from their colleagues regarding the Rule of Law and its use to promote world peace.  In furtherance of the WJA’s mission, this Conference brought together distinguished lawmakers, legal practitioners, law professors, non-legal business professionals and experts in the field of technology from around the world to discuss issues pertaining to law and technology.

Held as an interactive discussion, speakers and delegates explored the legal implications of emerging technologies, leading developments in law and technology, various laws in place in different countries that deal with emerging technologies, as well as privacy and data security issues.

Panelists engaged the attendees in an exciting discussion on various issues surrounding law and technology. Discussions included Mobile banking particularly for women in rural areas, privacy and data protection, data privacy and risk management both at a general perspective and corporate perspective, cyber crime and cyber security, emerging technologies and ADR in practice, the role of technology in courts, technology and the business environment, innovations in law and technology, legal education: technology in the classroom, and freedom of speech in the new technology era.

IMLA’s Mid-Year Seminar - As indicated above, WJA’s Law and Technology Conference was co-located with IMLA’s mid-year seminar. Conference privileges were extended to all WJA fully-registered conference delegates who had an opportunity to attend some of the IMLA panel sessions, a joint WJA/IMLA welcome reception where WJA delegates and guests interacted and networked with IMLA Conference participants, and also enjoyed a joint WJA/IMLA luncheon with guest Speaker Robert C. (Bob) Springer (Former NASA Austronaut).

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Speaker Bios

Mary Ellen Iskenderian (USA)

Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions and banks. Ms. Iskenderian joined WWB in 2006 and leads the WWB global team, based in New York. Prior to WWB, Ms. Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian serves on the Board of Directors of Kashf Microfinance Bank in Pakistan and is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and is a judge for the annual Financial Times Sustainable Banking Awards. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Keynote address: Women’s World Banking and the Role of Innovation and New Technologies in Increasing Women’s and Girl’s, Economic Security

Els De Busser (Germany)

Dr. Els De Busser studied Law at Antwerp University and obtained additional degrees in Criminology and an Advanced Master’s degree in European Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems from Ghent University, Belgium. From March 2001 to October 2009, she worked as a researcher and professor’s assistant in the field of European Criminal Law at Ghent University, Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy where she defended her PhD entitled ‘EU internal and transatlantic cooperation in criminal matters from a personal data perspective: A substantive law approach’ in May 2009. In November 2009, she joined the European Criminal Law section of the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany. Her research and publications focus on international cooperation in criminal matters and the involvement of private actors in criminal investigations. Presentation: Transatlantic Data Exchange in Criminal Matters: Rubberstamping a Data Protection System?

Cláudio Simão de Lucena Neto (Brazil)

Cláudio Lucena is the Dean of the Law Faculty, Center for Legal Studies, at Paraíba State University, in Brazil.

He is a Lecturer on Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law in the Department of Private Law. Mr. Lucena is an attorney-at-law registered in Brazil; his work as a lawyer has an emphasis on Information and Communication Technology Law and Intellectual Property litigation. He has a Computer Sciences degree from the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) in Brazil, and a Business Law Specialist Degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE).

Mr. Lucena is a member of his Faculties’ Fundamental Rights, Information and Communication Technologies research group, and coordinates lines of study which develop works in areas like lawsuit automation systems and the impact of ICTs over Law. In the last years, papers, studies and articles produced by him and his group have been published and presented all around the world. He has conducted round table discussions during the European Conference on E-Government Conference (ECEG 2011), South Africa Lex Informatica, Latin American Conferences on ICT Law, and his articles and essays have been published in prominent specialized websites like Consultor Jurídico and elDial, magazines like Consulex, and Journals like IRIS and LEFIS. He is currently a member of the group of scholars in charge of proposing reforms to the Brazilian Civil Procedure Code, regarding lawsuit automation dispositions.

He is currently a member of the Higher Council of Paraiba State University, of the University’s Plagiarism Control Committee and of the Brazilian Institute of Electronic Law (IBDE). Mr. Lucena has also served as external consultant for the European Consumer Centre during the elaboration of the E-Commerce Report (2002, Stockholm, Sweden), as member of the Brazilian Lawyers’ Association’s Information Technology Committee, and as a legal consultant for Paraiba State Government. Presentation: The Reflects of Lawsuit Automation in a Labour Court and in a Common Justice Court in the State of Paraiba

Lillie Coney

Lillie Coney is Associate Director with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington. She is the Public Policy Coordinator for the National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI), and has testified before the Election Assistance Commission. She served on the Brennan Center Taskforces on the Security and Usability of Voting Systems. She also served as a member of the ACM Committee on Guidelines for Implementation of Voter Registration Databases. She participated as a contributor in the academic paper “Towards a Privacy Measurement Criterion for Voting Systems.” She has written several law journal articles on voting, and contributed to the development of the Election Incident Reporting System. She is a contributor to the New York Times best-seller, 50 Ways to Love Your Country. Ms. Coney also serves as the Coordinator for the Privacy Coalition. The Privacy Coalition has more than 40 organizations and affiliates who share a commitment of freedom and privacy rights. She has coordinated several national Internet-based privacy rights campaigns. She has testified before the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee on domestic surveillance and the topic of CCTV Surveillance and “Fusion Centers.” Presentation: Big Data A Leap Ahead or To The Past?

Jasmine E. McNealy

(J.D., Ph.D., University of Florida) is an Assistant Professor of communication at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.  Her research interest centers on the intersection of law and communication, including privacy, intellectual property, telecommunication and journalism. Presentation: The Emerging Conflict Between Newsworthiness and the Right to be Forgotten

Kim G. Quarles

Ms. Quarles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and is a member of the American Bar Association, 3rd Vice President of the World Jurist Association, and a member of the DRI [Defense Research Institute].

She is Vice Chair of DRI’s Insurance Law Subcommittee on TRIA, Vice Chair of the Global Warming Committee, a member of both the Professional Liability and Insurance Law committees of DRI, and Editor in Chief of the DRI TRIA Subcommittee’s TRIA Resource Data Base. She is the former Vice President of the New England Region of PLUS, (Professional Liability Underwriters Society), and former Membership Liaison to PLUS National.

Ms. Quarles is a frequent speaker on insurance issues, professional liability issues, global warming and terrorism. Most recently she presented to the World Jurist Association on Undermining the Rule of Law by Violating Individual Rights; The Insurance Issues Related to Global Warming; The Economic Impact of Insurance Following Terrorist Events; TRIA’s Impact on the Availability of Insurance; and The Issues Surrounding TRIA’s Renewal.

She has also presented to the Association of Professional Insurance Women, on Cyber Liability and Terrorism; the Insurance Forum, on Professional Liability Conditions, Issues and Options and has also presented on Global Terrorism and the Business Community Impact at PLUS International’s Annual Meeting and the State of the Market for Lawyer’s Professional Liability at the ABA Ethic’s Committee meeting. She also has presented seminars to Law firms on among other topics, E-Discovery Compliance;

Translating from English to Underwriting; and Limit Selection, How Much is Enough? Presentation: Data Privacy & Risk Management – A Corporate Perspective

M. Jerome Leonard

Mr. Leonard received his BS in Management Information Systems from Pace University and is a Siebel certified consultant. His corporate experience began on Wall Street at Citicorp and evolved as a Global Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (now IBM Business Services) and Accenture. Mr. Leonard has consulted extensively in the United States, as well as Europe, South America, and Australia over the last 15 years and has led large-scale Customer Relationship Management (CRM) engagements for clients such as JP Morgan Chase, Verizon, the American Red Cross, City of New York, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Marriott International.

In previous roles at NIH, the City of New York, American Red Cross, and District of Columbia Government, Mr. Leonard served as Lead Architect, delivering  solutions to assist the client with compliance with strict privacy, PCI, FACTA, HIPAA, and GLB information security standards.   Mr. Leonard has a passion to bring best practices of multi-national, Fortune 100 companies to small business owners and currently focuses his attention on working in the local community, specifically with investors, entrepreneurs, and public sector leaders.   Mr. Leonard and his team of consultants currently deliver information technology and risk management solutions to companies spanning numerous industries including [but not limited to] financial services organizations, real estate enterprises, and retail conglomerates.  More recently, T-LC delivered identity theft and risk mitigation solutions to two Washington, DC area credit unions who [collectively] manage the assets of over 40,000 members.

Mr. Leonard is on the Board of Directors of Maryland Citizens against Lawsuit Abuse and serves as Secretary for Rotary International (Montgomery Village Club). He is also actively engaged on the Membership and Retention and Small Office Home Office committees of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce.  He mentors young adults through his affiliation with several youth organizations. Presentation: Data Privacy and Risk Management

Lin Jinwen

Mr. Lin, LLD, born in 1963, is a senior judge and the vice-president of the Guangxi High People’s Court of P. R. China. He graduated respectively from the Guangxi Normal University majoring in English language and literature, the China University of Law and Politics Science majoring in criminal law, Peking University majoring in economic law, and was awarded respectively with the scholarship of BA, LLM, and LLD by the universities. Having working experience as a teacher, a deputy-general for the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation, and as a judge, Mr. Lin took one-year of further study in the field of commercial law in Birmingham University of the U.K. and finished research in the Banking Electronic. He is currently the executive editor of “the Serial Books of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area: Case Study” and the author of “On the Trial Principles for Disputes Over Electronic Banking ,” “A Review at the Essence of  Nature of Economic Law,” “On the Value of the Moral of Corporation Law,” among others. Presentation: Discussion on the Defaults and Improvements of Legal Protection on Privacy and Data in Cyberspace

Donald E. Allison

As Director, Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation at Stroz Friedberg LLC, Mr. Allison has worked on a variety of assignments, including the preservation and harvesting of relevant digital evidence from enterprise-wide computers and servers for use in internal corporate and regulatory investigations, in-depth analysis and tracking of digital files over time within a networked environment, analysis of websites and archived websites, and forensic examination of digital evidence for use in civil, regulatory, bankruptcy and criminal matters involving the theft of proprietary information and intellectual property, spoliation claims, securities fraud, defense contracting abuse and other matters.

Mr. Allison has extensive experience in critical information management, network and software security, and computer forensic investigations. He is a regular guest lecturer on computer forensics at the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine and the Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Allison has been the technical reviewer of computer forensics text books and was featured in a chapter entitled Finding Feedback Loops to Improve Performance, in A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of Presenting Testimony As An Expert Technical Witness (2003).

Mr. Allison is qualified as an expert in computer forensics in the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia. He has performed computer forensic examinations in support of both civil and criminal cases in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Florida. Mr. Allison developed methods to evaluate forensically and report the information flow and communications interactions in multinational, multilingual cases involving localized, foreign language versions of operating systems and software. In addition, he has significant experience in the analysis and implementation of computer forensic methodology and protocols in support of complex cases.

Mr. Allison has an M.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Allison received a NASA fellowship while at Florida State, one of four awarded in the nation. Presentation: Law and the Data Ecosystem

Joseph Michael Matthews

Mr. Matthews is of counsel to the Miami and Washington law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson.  He has been a trial and appellate advocate before courts and arbitral tribunals for 34 years.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, School of Law where he was an Editor of the Law Review and recipient of the Wesley Sturges Award, graduating first in his class.   Prior to joining Colson Hicks Eidson, he served as Special Counsel to U. S. Senator Bob Graham.  He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

In addition to his practice as an advocate, Mr. Matthews has been a neutral arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association for more than 20 years, and also with the London Court of International Arbitration, ICSID and the ICC International Court of Arbitration, serving as an arbitrator or mediator in cases ranging from contract, securities and construction disputes, to fraud, insurance coverage, healthcare and international business and investment conflicts.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mr. Matthews is a Florida Certified Circuit Mediator and serves as mediator in commercial, construction and personal injury cases pending in state and federal courts of the United States, as well as in commercial or investment arbitration disputes internationally.

Mr. Matthews provides services as a neutral (arbitrator and mediator) through Joseph M. Matthews, P.A. Presentation: Online Resolution of Transnational “B2c” Disputes

Fredric I. Lederer

Mr. Lederer is Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT), formerly the Courtroom 21 Project, at William & Mary’s School of Law, as well as, Director of the Law School’s Legal Skills Program. Professor Lederer’s areas of specialization include legal technology, evidence, technology-augmented trial practice, electronic discovery and data seizures, criminal procedure, military law, and legal skills. Professor Lederer is the author or co-author of eleven books, numerous articles, and two law related education television series.

As Founder and Director of CLCT, Professor Lederer is responsible for the McGlothlin Courtroom, the world’s most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom, and the Court Affiliates, an organization of federal, state, and foreign courts. Working with CLCT Deputy Director Martin Gruen, Professor Lederer provides courtroom and hearing room design consulting worldwide. Present projects include assisting the Social Security Administration in its ongoing effort to most efficiently use modern technology in its hearing rooms, assisting the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit with technology for appellate court matters, and helping modernize the Supreme Court of Nigeria. CLCT serves the Administrative Conference of the United States as its legal technology consultant. Presentation: A Review of the State Of Courtroom and Related Technology

Song Jianli

Judge Jianli Song was appointed at Supreme Court of China in 2000. Now, he has been a senior judge of SPC. He specializes in international trade law and international arbitration. He was a visiting fellow in Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at university of Cambridge in 2005, was a visiting scholar at university of Pennsylvania in 2006. During the visiting period, he delivered speech in Harvard University, Cornell University, etc. Presentation: China’s Courtroom Technology

Shpresa Beçaj

Chief Justice to the Supreme Court of Albania, Chief Justice Beçaj received a Law Degree from The University of Tirana, Faculty of Law in 1983. From 2004-2006 was a Member of the Albanian High Council of Justice, a position from which she resigned after the entering into force of the Law “On prevention of conflicts of interests in the exercise of public functions”. In 2004 she followed and successfully completed a post-graduation course for judges. Chief Justice Beçaj has participated in several national and international training activities organized in various field of law. She is ex-officio, Chairman of the National Judicial Conference, Member of the High Council of Justice, Chairman of the Board of the Albanian Magistrates’ School, and Chairman of the Board of the Office for the Administration of Judicial Budget. Presentation: The Role of Technology in the Albanian Judiciary

Garry E. Hunter

Garry Hunter is local government attorney with over thirty-five year’s experience.  Mr. Hunter was the elected Law Director for the City of Athens, Ohio for thirty years and currently is the City Attorney for Nelsonville, Ohio.  He is an experienced international consultant on international business, government development, judicial development, local government financing, personnel and contract administration, environmental issues, telecommunications issues, public participation and records retention, financial institution development, workplace safety development, democracy building through voter participation and anti-corruption, government transparency issues, public/private partnerships, and implementation of the rule of law, having authored over sixty articles.  In 2001, Mr. Hunter was designated a Local Government Fellow.  He is a past president and board member of the Ohio Municipal League; a two time past president and board member of the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, a past president, past board member, and current Director of International Activities for the International Municipal Lawyers Association; legal counsel and board member of the World Jurist Association; a member of the Ohio and National School Boards Attorneys Association; a member of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers; a member of the American Bar Association State and Local Government Section; and past co-chair of the Ohio Public Employees Risk Reduction Commission.  Mr. Hunter is a frequent local, state, national, and international speaker on local government issues. Presentation: Implementation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Courtroom – An Overview Around the World

Tomas Scerba

Mr. Scerba is a legal advisor with international experience that includes advised on a number of M&A and restructuring transactions. He is a Junior Partner at Pokorný, Wagner and Partners, Czech Republic and currently pursuing a doctorate at Masaryk University Brno. He is currently involved in ongoing litigation projects in the Czech Republic as advisor to premier constructing companies and continuously advising on commercial contracts, corporate law issues, electronic communications law and ICT law. Mr. Scerba’s specific areas of experience are M&A and corporate law, ICT law, and e-contracting. Presentation: Cyberspace and Electronic World of Contracting

Edward C. Wolfe

Mr. Wolfe, is a member in Dykema’s Litigation Department, concentrating on the areas of discovery and electronic discovery (e-discovery), including global discovery processes; information management; complex class actions and product liability litigation. In the areas of discovery, e-discovery and information management, he is experienced in the development and rollout of methodologies and policies related to the creation, management, distribution and retention of information in all media. He has collaborated with attorneys and business unit representatives throughout the world in all areas of litigation in matters relating to the discovery search and response process.

In the area of general litigation, Mr. Wolfe has worked extensively in the areas of complex class actions—including MDL proceedings—as well as in contract, commercial, dealer and product liability litigation. Formerly, Mr. Wolfe served in the Office of the General Counsel with General Motors Corporation, where he was responsible, among other matters, for supervising the company’s Electronic Discovery and Global Discovery and Information requests for all of the GM regions. Additionally, Mr. Wolfe is a member of the steering committee for the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Electronic Records. He is also a former board member of the Corporate E-discovery Forum (CEDF). Presentation: Social Media Technology in the Business Context

Sanna Wolk

Professor Wolk, LL.D./S.J.D is a researcher within the field of Intellectual Property Law at the Faculty of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden. She has written a number of academic publications in her research field. Ms. Wolk is also a lecturer at Stockholm University, Gothenburg University, Lund University, Uppsala University, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Stockholm School of Economics. Further on, Ms. Wolk is Member to the Board of the Swedish Anti Counterfeiting Group, additional member to the Board of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and secretary at the Institute of Intellectual Property and Market Law, Stockholm University. Presentation: ISP Filtering And Blocking Of Copyright Infringement Works In Europe

Yang Yue

Ms. Yang Yue is a Senior Judge of PRC and Vice Chief Judge of Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court, Liaoning province, China, who focuses on studying civil law and commercial law and theories and practices of foreign-related judgments. Ms. Yang obtained Master Degree of Procedural Law and MBA of International Trade, who is now pursuing the Doctor Degree of International Commercial Law. She did a lot of exploration and research work in the law practice of company law and bankruptcy law. Her paper about law practice of bankruptcy law has been published in China Bankruptcy Law Forum.

Ms. Yang Yue was born in 1974, doctor candidate of law. She is a Senior Judge of PRC and Vice Chief Judge of Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court, Liaoning province, China, who focuses on studying civil law and commercial law and theories and practices of foreign-related judgments. Ms. Yang graduated from Department of Economic Law of China University of Political Science and Law in 1997 and obtained Master Degree of Procedural Law from School of Law of Liaoning University. Ms. Yang obtained an MBA of International Trade from Coventry University, England in 2003. In 2008, Ms. Yang entered Dalian Maritime University to pursue the Doctor Degree of International Commercial Law.

Ms Yang is also the Executive Director of Liaoning Law Society, the Vice Chairman of Liaoning Public Security Law Society, the Chairman of Law Practice Research Institute of Shenyang Law Society, the Vice Chairman of Shenyang Civil and Commercial Law Society, the Vice Chairman of Shenyang Family Law Institute. She did a lot of exploration and research work in the law practice of company law and bankruptcy law. Her paper about law practice of bankruptcy law has been published in China Bankruptcy Law Forum. In 2005, her paper—Ensuring Rural Women’s Interest on Contract of Land was awarded the second prize in Shenyang Law Thesis Competition. In 2008, her paper—Analyzing Jurisprudence and Exploring Practice of Unifying Law Effect and Society Effect was awarded the second prize in Liaoning province courts’ academic Thesis Competition. She pays attention to studying law practice during making judgment. She organized to research the judgment of rural contract of land in Shenyang and wrote tens of thousands words report. In court trial practice, she has been the leader of state level and province level researches. In 2007, she led and organized the study of Methods of Judicial Reform. In 2008, she also led and organized the Supreme Court’s research subject—The Research of Application of Law on The Unit in the Bankruptcy of Associate Enterprises. She also took part in many researches and practices on developing regional judicature. From 2007 and 2009, she joined the ‘the study of methods of investigation of the criminal cases which governed by the public security authority’, ‘the mechanism investigating and study of the form and the disposal of group events’ and other province-level and ministerial level subjects. Presentation: The Limited Infringement Liability of the Network Service Providers

Andrea L. Johnson

Professor Johnson is a Harvard-trained full professor and director of the Center for  Intellectual Property, Technology and Telecommunications.  Johnson has had a  diverse, professional background that includes being a corporate lawyer at White and Case, a government lawyer for  the District of Columbia, and an entrepreneur in real estate and broadcasting.

In 2010, Professor Johnson helped her students launch “Create a Job Initiative,” a job campaign  to increase exports  through  transborder licensing,  where  intellectual property is exported abroad in industries  such as  information technology, entertainment, biotech, and clean energy.

She has also spoken and written extensively on privatization of telecommunications, and served on President Clinton’s Transition Team for Science, Space and Technology.

Professor Johnson is  an expert in technology-based instruction and distance learning.    In 1996, she taught the first distance-learning course at an American law school, connecting two campuses and three outside sites using videoconferencing. She has developed and taught distance-learning modules and courses at several American Bar Association law schools and internationally. Professor Johnson drafted the ABA Distance Learning Standards for CWSL, which was adopted by the institution.  In addition, she has been a lead evaluator and reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Star Schools Program and Technology Grant Program. Johnson was a Carnegie Scholar (2000-2001).

Always on the cutting edge, Johnson was selected in 1995 as the first non-scientist Summer Faculty at NASA’s Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. While at NASA, Professor Johnson perfected a prototype for integrating skills into courses using technology by working with NASA scientist and teachers to create and develop curriculum in math and science for middle and high school students. She used the prototype to develop “Cyber Workbooks,” a web-based authoring platform that helps faculty create course modules that teach critical thinking, applied reasoning, and problem-solving in substantive courses, with built-in assessment tools. Presentation: Distance Education and Revised ABA Standards

Ethia Simha

Ms. Ethia Simha is the WJA President of the World Association of Lawyers. Ms. Simha is also the former advisor to two Israeli Prime-Ministers, former Head of Israeli women’s delegations to the UN commissions, former International Honorary Secretary of the International Alliance of Women (an umbrella Association of women’s organizations) and its representative at the U.N. commissions especially the Crime Prevention Branch. She’s a member of the Board of Governors of The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, and serves as Chairperson of the international committee of the Jerusalem Bar Association, WJA National President for Israel, Chairperson of the Jerusalem Cancer Association, and is the owner of awards in Israel and abroad. Presentation: Justice and the Media – Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era

Iris Jones

Ms. Iris Jones is the current WJA President of the World Business Associates and CEO of Alchemy Business. Ms. Jones joined Chadbourne & Parke in April 2007 and serves as Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer. She works closely with firm leadership and partners to grow our business by expanding relationships with existing clients, provides strategy on identifying and capturing new clients, provides advice on making powerful presentations, provides coaching and advice on client-focused proposals and offers individuals, practice groups and teams support on business plans and strategy, client service and creating differentiation in the marketplace.

Before joining Akin Gump as Client Services Advisor, Iris was an instructor for the WJF Institute, where she trained and coached hundreds of senior-level partners in global law firms on Client Development and Relationship Management. She practiced law in Texas for about 24 years in both the public and private sectors. She was a partner at two major law firms in Austin handling federal civil litigation and circuit appeals. Iris has been an active member of the State Bar of Texas since 1978. Iris also served as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas; Director of the City of Austin ‘s Law Department; Iris holds a B.A. from Bowling Green State University and a J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Presentation: Freedom of Speech in a Cyber World

For those of you who were not able to attend the conference, a full conference report will be made available to members shortly. We look forward to seeing you at future events!

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