Cardozo Data Law Initiative Launches

Groundbreaking Program Will Offer Legal Training in Information Governance, E-Discovery, Data Privacy, Social Media Law, and Cybersecurity

May 16, 2014 – NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law announced the launch of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI), a groundbreaking program that will prepare law students for careers in the rapidly-expanding legal fields of information governance, e-discovery, data privacy and cybersecurity. The CDLI anticipates offering a certificate for graduating J.D. students who meet the requisite number of relevant courses and externship credits, and will be seeking state approval.  

“We have been listening to employers in the data law field who are seeking to hire new lawyers with training in the legal and practical aspects of data law,” said Dean Matthew Diller. “Cardozo’s existing pre-eminence in intellectual property and technology law position us to become a source for trained and tech-savvy lawyers. We have laid careful groundwork to become the first law school to offer a comprehensive training experience that combines the various fields encompassed by data law.”

The CDLI offers a comprehensive program of courses focused on various aspects of data law, combined with an externship program that will jump-start Cardozo graduates’ careers in this fast-growing field of law. The program offers courses encompassed in Cardozo's top Intellectual Property and Information Law Program and Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, as well as in data law-related classes created over the past several years.

In addition, Cardozo Law’s extensive relationships with businesses in the NYC tech sector, as well as the school’s new Tech Startup Clinic, will provide hands-on experience for students.

Courses include:

• Corporate Internal Investigations

• E-Discovery, Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics

• Information Governance Law

• Internet Law

• Law of Surveillance

• Privacy Law

• Social Media Law

• Tech Startup Clinic

• Technology Policy

• White Collar Crime

Dean Diller announced that CDLI’s Executive Director will be Patrick Burke, a member of Cardozo’s adjunct faculty, Counsel at Reed Smith LLP, and a member of its Records & E-Discovery and Data Security, Privacy and Management practice groups. The Associate Director will be Denise Backhouse, an adjunct faculty member and Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., whose practice focuses on e-discovery and related international data privacy and security issues.

“Cardozo’s approach to data law is engineered to build on the school’s core strengths in technology and IP, and be in line with the hiring needs of the industry,” said Burke.  “The impetus for CDLI came from major industry players who saw a need for a law school program that prepared graduates for managing data risks and executing on important data law priorities.”

Dean Diller also announced the creation of the CDLI Board of Advisors, drawn from leaders in the data law industry, including:

  • Jason Baron, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Robert B. “Barry” Wiggins, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
  • Barclay Blair, Vialumina
  • David Cowen, The Cowen Group
  • Ronke Ekwensi, Huron Consulting
  • Hon. James C. Francis IV, Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York
  • Manfred Gabriel, KPMG
  • David Horrigan, 451 Research
  • Anne Kershaw, Knowledge Strategy Solutions, LLC
  • Matthew Knouff, Complete Discovery Source
  • Patrick Oot, Electronic Discovery Institute, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Matthew Miller, Ernst & Young
  • Babette Orenstein, Consolidated Edison of New York
  • Michael Potters, The Glenmont Group
  • Daniel Regard, iDS
  • Bennie Smith, Merkle Group, Inc.
  • Felix Wu, Professor, Cardozo School of Law
  • Michael Wudke, TransPerfect Legal Solutions
  • Charles Yablon, Professor, Cardozo School of Law
  • Patrick Zeller, Gilead Science

 “The Cardozo Data Law Initiative is being launched with a high level of industry guidance,” said Dean Diller. “Its remarkable board of leading figures is a key to the success of this program, and we are gratified by the support this initiative has received from the industry throughout the planning stages.”


For more information contact:

John DeNatale

Assistant Dean of Communications



Jacqueline Reeves

Assistant Director of Communications