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.
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
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.
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