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Pandemic-fueled Innovation in Technology, Access and the Law

March 19 @ 8:45 am - 6:00 pm

The annual High Tech Law Journal Symposium goes online this year!
Topics will be focused on innovations in a COVID world.


AM Session (9am – noon): People, Privacy, and Personal Control

Networking/Lunch Break (noon – 1pm)

PM Session (1-6pm): Technology and the Future Access

CLE: This event will qualify for 6.5 hours of MCLE. Santa Clara Law is a CA State Bar approved provider.

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Event Details


8:45am – 9:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks

Amir Jabbari, HTLJ Editor-in-Chief

9:00am – 9:50am

Privacy from an Innovator’s Perspective: New Developments and Necessary Considerations for Personal Information in Product Design

Privacy awareness amongst consumers is on the rise. Companies know to “talk the talk” by making external promises to protect customer data, but are they “walking the walk” by building products that protect our privacy from their core? Privacy tech experts will address how this can be accomplished, what the current trends are, and the types of mistakes that innovators should avoid.

Moderator: Sarina Jwo

Professor Lourdes Turrecha

Michelle Dennedy

Debra Farber

10:00 – 10:50am Privacy from an In-House Perspective: How Does Personal Information Protection Fit Into the Larger Corporate Structure?

When it comes to prioritizing data privacy, it takes a village to achieve the goal: cross-functional teams must work together to make sure that they have the processes and training in place to maximize data protection efforts across a company. In-house privacy experts will share their insights into how to get engineering, business and legal teams on board with a privacy agenda.

Moderator: Margaret Barreto

Whitney Merrill

Gosse Zielstra

Simon Nixon

Ann Staggs

11:00 – 11:50am Taylor Swift’s Time Off Tour and How it Involves Copyrights, Contracts, and Personal Control of Creative Works

After cancelling her tour due to COVID-19 concerns, Taylor Swift decided to use her unexpected free time by addressing an ongoing issue: control over her past works. Ownership of Swift’s masters has led to a saga layered in legal issues and raises questions about copyrights, contracts, licensing, and more. Copyright experts will explore these issues and shed light on what’s happening and why.

Moderator: Professor Tyler Ochoa

Michael Barclay

Kristelia Garcia

Mark Jaffe

12:00 – 12:50pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 1:50pm Is Remote Legal Education Here to Stay? Challenges and Opportunities During COVID

A year after COVID forced law schools to transition full-time JD programs into an all-online format, is remote legal education here to stay? The remote learning environment has challenged law schools to revisit the traditional JD curriculum, conventional metrics of success (e.g. bar pass rates), and the socratic teaching method. Hear from two experts who will draw on both practice and theory to discuss how circumstance and technology create both opportunity and challenges for the future of legal education.

Moderator: Erik Perez

Sandee Magliozzi

Professor Aaron Saiger

2:00 – 2:50pm Remote Work and the Law: A Perspective From In-House Employment Counsel

The importance of employment lawyers is at an all time high now that the majority of their workforce has been forced to work at home. Join the in-house counsel from tech companies to discuss the legal issues arising from a remote workforce such as privacy and security, health and safety, and complying with national and international laws.

Moderator: John Alec Stouras

Karen P. Anderson

Lisa K. Borgenson

Niki Armstrong

Jeremy Watson

3:00 – 3:50pm The Rise of FinTech: Are non-traditional banks the new norm?

Financial Technology companies are revolutionizing the way we work with money. As technology companies, FinTechs don’t have to follow the same rules as traditional financial institutions. Leaders in the field will address issues like sustainability, regulatory limitations, and possibilities for the future of finance.

Moderator: Michael Wang

Vince Cogan

Seoyoung Kim

Joshua Rivera

Neil Dugal

4:00 – 4:50pm Accessing the Law: Shifts in the Professional Landscape of Law Librarians

With COVID severely limiting conventional ways of accessing legal resources, law librarians have stepped up to ensure that the law gets into hands (and screens) of practitioners and pedestrians alike. Armed with technology and a thirst for knowledge, law librarians are at the forefront of modernizing how the legal profession—and the public—access and use the law. Four law librarians share how their roles have evolved with COVID and technology, and how the pandemic has made them vanguards for access and accessibility.

Moderator: Professor Jeffrey Windsor

Caroline Bracco

Elizabeth (Eli) Edwards

Shannon Lashbrook

Stefanie Vartabedian

5:00 – 5:50pm Closing the Digital Divide: Using Regulatory Structure to Increase Broadband Access

During COVID, the digital divide– the lack of meaningful access to internet services, internet-enabled devices, service plans, and training– has widened for people living in areas where broadband technology is entangled in a web of regulatory and legal constraints. Their livelihood and access to essential information (such as health warnings and emergency disaster notifications) now hinge on a stable internet connection, and the need to make broadband technology accessible has never been greater. Come hear what experts and advocates have to say about how we can close the divide.

Moderator: Josh Srago

Ernesto Falcon

Professor Catherine Sandoval

6:00pm Closing Remarks

Amir Jabbari, HTLJ Editor-in-Chief

Emily Ashley, Co-Symposium Editor

Ernie Fok, Co-Symposium Editor

Lauren Norvell, Operations Editor

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Speaker Bios:

Karen AndersonKaren P. Anderson is the Vice President of Global Litigation, Employment Law, and Intellectual Property at Verifone, the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. Before joining Verifone, Ms. Anderson led litigation groups at Flextronics International and Intuit and has also represented technology companies in a wide variety of IP, commercial, and employment disputes as a litigation attorney at Fenwick & West. Ms. Anderson has been an active member of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association (“CLCA”) since 2008. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Princeton University.

Niki ArmstrongNiki Armstrong is the Vice President of Global Employment Law, Ethics & Compliance, and Litigation at Pure Storage, Inc. Niki is a “recovered” litigator turned in-house counsel is known for building trusted relationships quickly and working collaboratively with executives, HR teams, and all levels of management to identify and assess workplace risks, efficiently problem solve, and present practical, creative and legally compliant solutions to keep businesses moving forward and achieve their goals. She also serves on the Pure Equality Leadership Council, which is responsible for Pure’s diversity, inclusion and belonging initiative, and works closely with its six Employee Resource Groups. Niki’s in-house experience includes Nutanix, Cypress Semiconductor, eBay, Flextronics, and Auction.com. She also served as a law clerk to the District Chief Judge of the U.S. Department of Labor in New Orleans and spent a number of years as an employment defense litigation at Gordon & Rees LLP. Fun fact: Niki is also the only attorney you will ever meet who has walked across a plank between two hot air balloons 7,500 feet above the English countryside.

Michael BarclayMichael Barclay is Special Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Michael Barclay has been practicing technology-related patent and copyright law for over forty years, both at law firms and most recently for a public interest organization. For this seminar, Santa Clara Law has asked him to talk about some of his hobbies, music copyright law and popular music generally.

Lisa BorgensonLisa K. Borgenson is the Senior Director of Employment, Compliance and Data Privacy for NetApp, Inc. Ms. Borgenson is the Sr. Director of Employment, Compliance and Data Privacy for NetApp, Inc., a California-based leader in cloud data services, storage systems, and software. Previously, Ms. Borgeson advised other global companies on employment and ethics and compliance matters, including Intuit, UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Borgeson graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law and Rhodes College and is admitted to practice in New York and California. In addition to advising her company, Ms. Borgeson is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Caroline BraccoCaroline Bracco began a relationship with the law at an early age. Her father was a bay area attorney and former instructor at SCU Law School. She often corrected papers for his classes and clerked at his office as well as participated in Mock Trial competitions. Caroline received her undergraduate degree in film at the University of Southern California in 2002 and started in research for game and television production in Los Angeles. After relocating from LA back to the Peninsula to begin research for tech marketing, she began volunteering at the law library to gain some extra skills. Caroline had never heard of a public law library before she stepped into what turned out to be her passion: using research skills to help the community understand the most common legal procedures. Caroline began to pursue her Masters degree in Information Science at San Jose State University, graduating in 2017. She was appointed director of the San Mateo County Law Library in 2018. She also serves on the board of the San Mateo County Law Library Foundation and Council of California County Law Librarians.

Vince CoganVince Cogan is the VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Brex, where he was the fourth employee and previously the General Counsel and Head of Compliance. With the exception of a year in private practice, he spent his legal career in-house first at Esri managing IP and privacy, then Silicon Valley Bank focused on products and bank operations, and then as an early employee at Stripe focused on product, compliance, and legal operations. Vince studied mathematics and spent several years as a software engineer before law school at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Neil DugalNeil Dugal is head of legal at Flourish Ventures, an evergreen fund investing in entrepreneurs whose innovations help people achieve financial health and prosperity. Established in 2019, Flourish is funded by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Flourish makes impact-oriented investments in personal finance management tools, challenger banks, regulatory innovations, and other technologies that empower people and foster a fairer, more inclusive economy.

Eli EdwardsElizabeth (Eli) Edwards is the Emerging Technologies Research Librarian at Santa Clara University School of Law. Before joining Santa Clara Law, Eli Edwards worked in libraries on and off since 1989. She began her career in libraries as an undergraduate student working part time for Los Angeles Public Library. After earning her J.D. she specialized in law librarianship for diverse firms, including the legal information publisher Justia, Seattle law firm Foster Pepper PLLC, the Seattle branch libraries for the Western District of Washington, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the LAC Group. Eli has now returned to familiar grounds here, as the Emerging Technologies Research Librarian for the Law Library, but knows no more than you do about why that one printer keeps jamming. Eli also teaches several courses: Technology and Innovation in the Practice of Law, Advanced Legal Research and Advanced Legal Writing, and is the editor of the Strangelaw, Esq. legaltech newsletter.

Ernesto FalconErnesto Falcon is Senior Legislative Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation with a primary focus on intellectual property, open Internet issues, broadband access, and competition policy. He represents EFF’s advocacy, on behalf of its members and all consumers, for a free and open Internet before state legislatures and Congress. Ernesto’s work includes pushing the state of California to pass the strongest net neutrality law in the country in response to federal repeal efforts, as well as leading EFF’s research and advocacy to promote universally available, affordable, and competitive fiber broadband networks.

Kristelia GarciaKristelia García is an Associate Professor at The University of Colorado Law School. García’s academic work focuses on intellectual property law through the lens of law and economics. In her free time she is supposed to be writing, she enjoys listening to jazz, watching telenovelas, and drinking coffee.

Mark JaffeeMark Jaffe is the Managing partner of TorMark Law in California. Mark Jaffe helps startups and creative professionals build their business and brands. His favorite work is with artists and other creators helping them reclaim their copyrights. Mark has been practicing copyright law for fifteen years. Before that, he worked for record companies on licensing and distribution deals. Mark Jaffe has an office in Berkeley, California, and practices law in California and New York.

Seoyoung KimSeoyoung Kim is the Associate Professor of Finance and Business Analytics at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. At SCU, Professor Kim teaches Financial Management, Financial Engineering, and FinTech. Professor Kim’s research interests include executive compensation, turnover, and performance evaluations as well as board composition/structure and the unintended byproducts of regulatory changes thereof. Her more recent work involves structured financial instruments, fixed-income pricing, and the optimal restructuring of distressed debt, and she has provided consulting expertise and litigation support with regard to the structuring, management, and liquidation of various special purpose vehicles issuing collateralized debt obligations and asset backed securities.

Shannon LashbrookShannon Lashbrook is the Digital Services Librarian for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals. Shannon Lashbrook worked for Westlaw while in law school, and continued her career as a Westlaw trainer for a total of 13 years. She took a break from Westlaw to practice law for a few years, but she returned to Westlaw and continued as a trainer for law schools, law firms, government, and corporate accounts. She decided to attend library school because her Westlaw experience piqued her interest in how attorneys learn, digest, and find the law. Shannon has been federal court librarian for 6 years.

Sandee MagliozziSandee Magliozzi is the Associate Dean for Experiential and Competency-based Learning and Clinical Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Dean Magliozzi is a bold thought leader and member of the law schools senior leadership team, skilled at designing curriculum for future lawyers. Sandee believes in the development of lawyer competencies by helping students’ leverage their experiential learning opportunities to gain the agility and critical skills they need in bridging the gap to the rapidly changing legal industry. Through innovation and collaboration, Sandee sees how to synergize disparate ideas into a vision promising enough for everyone to sign on. She was a primary drafter of SCU Law’s Competency Model and serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Whitney MerrillWhitney Merrill is Privacy Counsel at Asana. Previously she was Privacy, eCommerce & Consumer Protection Counsel at Electronic Arts (EA) and an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. In her spare time, she runs the Crypto & Privacy Village, a non-profit, which appears at DEF CON & BSidesSF each year.

Joshua RiveraJoshua Rivera is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Blockchain Capital. Joshua is an expert in the legal and regulatory issues attending various aspects of the blockchain technology industry including cryptocurrencies, token protocols, digital asset securities and decentralized finance, and he has extensive experience analyzing the blockchain industry’s rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. Joshua works with the investment team in assessing salient legal questions pertinent to prospective and current portfolio companies and brings to bear his legal expertise and connections to help forecast the ongoing development of the industry.

Aaron SaigerAaron Saiger is Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches courses such as Education Law. He has authored numerous publications on education law, covering topics such as school choice, virtual schooling, religious liberty in education, regulatory paradigms for unbundling school programming, and regulatory paradigms affecting public and private religious schools. In addition, Professor Saiger is a former chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ section on Educational Law, postdoctoral fellow at the National Academy of Education, a former law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a former law clerk for Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Catherine SandovalCatherine J.K. Sandoval is an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. Catherine J.K. Sandoval is a tenured Law Professor at Santa Clara University whose legal research, teaching, and public service, including her six-year term as a Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, seek to decrease the digital divide, promote net neutrality, and use technology to reduce wildfire vulnerability, increase energy and water savings, forestall climate change, and improve safety, reliability, and equity. The D.C. Circuit’s 2019 Mozilla v. FCC decision cited Professor Sandoval’s comments to remand the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality repeal for failure to analyze the link between Internet reliability and public safety. Professor Sandoval hails from a trailer park in East Los Angeles, earned a B.A. from Yale University, a Master of Letters from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and became the first Latinx CPUC Commissioner, first Latina Rhodes Scholar, and the first in her family to earn a B.A. degree.

Ann StaggsAnn Staggs is the Lead Privacy Counsel Airbnb. Ann brings more than a decade of legal experience in deep data privacy and hands on knowledge developing, maintaining, an strategizing a global privacy program while enabling rapid business growth. Ann is Lead Counsel, Privacy driving GDPR and CCPA initiatives building out the Airbnb Global Privacy Program and also supports product and cross-functional teams across the organization working on areas such as data processing, data strategy, commercial agreements, privacy training, AI/ML, data subject rights, global products, and new product launches.

Airbnb is one of the world’s most recognizable brands, and Ann’s work impacts consumers worldwide. Before joining Airbnb, Ann lead GDPR readiness initiatives for Visa’s Global Privacy Policy, Visa’s Privacy Center, and supported dozens of Visa products spanning Visa Checkout, Visa Developer Platform, and Visa Authentication Solutions. 

Ann was a keynote speaker at PrivacyConnect in London, and speaker panelist at American Lawyer Magazine’s General Counsel Conference in NYC, Stanford Law School, and Santa Clara University Law School.

Beyond her privacy expertise, Ann has a reputation for being an exceptional leader who is passionate about legal diversity and community service. She is widely known in the legal community for her work as a board member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Minority Coalition Co-Chair, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California President, and De Anza Law Academy board member. Ann is also on Airbnb’s Legal Diversity Committee furthering Airbnb’s commitment to diversity.

Stefanie VartabedianStefanie Vartabedian is the Librarian and Technology Lead for the Ninth Circuit, US Court of Appeals. Stefanie is currently the San Jose Federal Courthouse Librarian serving District Judges, Bankruptcy Judges as well as one Ninth Circuit Judge and court staff since January 2018. At the beginning of 2020, she took on a new but exciting role as the Ninth Circuit’s Technology Lead (in addition to core librarian duties) and it’s been a great opportunity to learn her patron’s needs and how to best cater in a remote/hybrid work environment. One thing she is proud of since joining the library team is to witness firsthand how effective our outreach and marketing has been in promoting our revamped digital and eBook library platforms. Usage is significantly up to the point where we have waitlists for popular titles that aren’t unlimited usage. She is happy to be at the forefront of this digital movement and enjoy training our patrons on the latest and greatest research tools.

Jeremy WatsonJeremy Watson is Senior Counsel, Global Employment Law & Litigation at Pure Storage, Inc. As an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Postal Service, Jeremy managed a dual role as a trusted advisor to Human Resources while managing a heavy caseload of administrative employment litigation. After six years of practice, he made the move to the private sector, joining Pure Storage. In the three years Jeremy has spent at Pure, the company has nearly doubled in size and opened entities in many new countries around the globe. His highlights at Pure include implementing an employee relations platform to ensure consistency and leverage data analytics, overseeing annual pay equity reviews, and providing surprisingly engaging three-hour legal training programs to Pure’s employees. In addition to providing day-to-day employment law counsel and handling related litigation, Jeremy co-manages the legal internship/externship program at Pure and (pre-COVID) managed the company’s employee arcades.

Jeff WindsorJeffrey Windsor is a Lecturer of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Jeffrey Windsor is a practicing civil litigation attorney and mediator throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii. He specializes in business, commercial, and real estate litigation, and provides advice and counsel to entrepreneurs, and growing and middle market companies. Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Windsor was an associate at firms in the Bay Area, where his practice focused on commercial, real estate, and insurance litigation. Mr. Windsor trained as a mediator at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. He is an alternative dispute resolution panelist, facilitator, and pro tem with the State Bar of California, Dispute Prevention and Resolution of Hawaii, and with Northern California’s superior courts and Bar Associations. He is also on the Board for the San Mateo County Law Library Foundation.

Gosse ZielstraGosse Zielstra LL.M, is a Senior Consultant at Microsoft’s Privacy Team for Global Sales & Marketing. He started his legal career at DLA Piper and transitioned to Head of Compliance and Privacy Officer at a US Investment Fund where he implemented their global GDPR framework. Gosse Zeilstra was a lecturer for SCU’s Master of Legal Studies in Corporate Compliance.

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    Pandemic-fueled Innovation in Technology, Access and the Law

  • March 19
  • 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Online only