The Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI) is a groundbreaking program designed to prepare law students for careers in the rapidly expanding legal fields of information governance, e-discovery, data privacy, social media law, and cybersecurity.

The CDLI offers a comprehensive program of courses focused on various aspects of data law, taught by faculty at the top of the field, including Professors Michael Burstein, Felix Wu and Charles Yablon. The initiative offers courses encompassed in Cardozo's top Intellectual Property & Information Law Program and the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, as well as from data law classes created over the past several years. 

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

Working with the Board of Advisors and other practitioners, The CDLI offers challenging externship opportunities to help jump-start graduates' careers in this fast growing field of law.  

Ariana J. Tadler is the executive direcor of the CDLI. She is a Partner at Milberg, LLP, and one of the leading authorities in electronic discovery. Patrick Burke and Denise Backhouse are CDLI’s founding directors, and continue to serve on CDLI’s board of advisors. Burke is counsel at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of its eDiscovery and Information Governance practice group. He also teaches eDiscovery at Cardozo. Backhouse is eDiscovery Counsel at Littler Mendelson. She is an active member of the CDLI externship program.

Board of Advisors

Jason R. Baron, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Monica Bay, Code X/Stanford Center for Legal Informatics

Steven Bennett, Park Jensen Bennett

Denise Blackhouse, Littler Mendelson

Barclay Blair, Vialumina

Patrick Burke, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Allison Brecher, Marsh & McLennan

Drew Conway, Sum

Daniel Coppola, Huron Legal Consulting

David Cowen, The Cowen Group

James Daley, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ronke Ekwensi, Duff & Phelps

Hon. James C. Francis IV, Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York

Manfred Gabriel, KPMG

Maura Grossman, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Hon. Ronald Hedges (retired)

Taylor Hoffman, Swiss Re

Dawson Horn, AIG

David Horrigan, kCura

Anne Kershaw, Knowledge Strategy Solutions, LLC

Matthew Knouff, Complete Discovery Source

Mitchell Kominsky, Counsel, U.S. Congress

Warren Kruse, Altep

Daniel Lim, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Lisa Markey, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Matthew Miller, Ernst & Young

Babette Orenstein, Consolidated Edison of New York

Patrick Oot, Electronic Discovery Institute, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Farrah Pepper, GE

Michael Potters, The Glenmont Group

Daniel Regard, iDS

Clark Russell, Internet Bureau, New York State Attorney General’s Office

Bennie Smith, Fan Duel

Ariana J. Tadler, Milberg LLP

Felix Wu, Professor, Cardozo School of Law

Michael Wudke, TransPerfect Legal Solutions

Charles Yablon, Professor, Cardozo School of Law

Patrick Zeller, Gilead Sciences


Executive Director: Ariana Tadler, Milberg LLP
Faculty Directors: Professor Felix Wu


Cybersecurity (Brown/Pastore) 2 credits

Discovery in Civil Actions (Yablon), 2 credits

Corporate Internal Investigations (Sparling), 2 credits

E-Discovery, Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics (Burke or Yablon), 2 credits

Information Governance Law (Bordon/Garrie), 2 credits

Internet Law I (Wu/Frischmann),  2 credits

Privacy Law Seminar (Wu), 2 credits

Social Media Law (Graif), 2 credits

Technology Policy Seminar, 2 credits

White Collar Crime (Roth), 3 credits

The CDLI Externship

The Cardozo Data Law Initiative externship program places students with leading organizations at the forefront of the burgeoning practice areas of e-discovery, privacy, cyber-security and information governance law. Externs roles involve solving client data challenges through technology, process, training, consulting and policy development.  

This program is designed to help students prepare for careers in these newly emerging, underserved practice areas, with the help of industry leaders as host organizations. Students work for a minimum of 20 hours a week for eight weeks during the summer.