From WikiLeaks to Anonymous to Edward Snowden, the public often is reminded of the complex world of Internet law. October’s Washington Lawyer examines the legal issues that courts, the government, corporations, and individuals have to deal with in an Internet-driven society.
In “Internet Law: Cyberattacks, Security Breaches Spark Growth in Field,” contributor Michael Hedges offers several examples of potential online minefields and highlights the growing security and privacy concerns in the digital age. There is no turning back from the Web, and the stakes are definitely high.
James Lopez of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wanted to see how investing worked in the 18th and 19th century, and in the process of digging came across a 1791 newspaper advertisement of a public–private partnership in New Jersey. In this edition of “Taking the Stand,” Lopez compares the United States’ first public offering to the modern-day company prospectus.
The death penalty remains an emotional and contentious topic in America, and attorney and veteran journalist Tim O’Brien shows that even the U.S. Supreme Court has wrestled with the subject over four decades. In an interview with Kathryn Alfisi, O’Brien discusses his new book, Murder at the Supreme Court, co–written with former ABC News colleague Martin Clancy. O’Brien talks about the cases that stand out for him, the evolving view of the Court, and where capital punishment is headed in this country.
This issue also reviews Charles McCarry’s new spy novel, The Shanghai Factor. Writes critic Ronald Goldfarb, “The spy lore offered is McCarry teaching readers about the world his books inhabit.”
The National Pro Bono Week celebration kicks off on October 20, and D.C. Bar President Andrea Ferster outlines the various pro bono activities available to solo and small firm practitioners in the District of Columbia. “It is important that solo and unaffiliated attorneys take the initiative to stand up and be counted for their pro bono service, which might otherwise go unrecognized,” Ferster notes in her column.Columns, news and notes on the D.C. Bar legal community, attorney honors and announcements, and a review of upcoming events round out the October issue of Washington Lawyer.