In 2014, Cardozo School of Law established the Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI) which aimed to give law school students a grounding in the legal and practical aspects of data law, including privacy, information governance, eDiscovery and cybersecurity. Amongst other activities, it has invited well-known speakers to talk at sessions and events and arranged for students to spend time out in the real world of commerce and legal practice.
The founding directors are Patrick Burke, Senior Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Denise Backhouse, shareholder at Littler Mendelson PC, and CDLI also had the benefit of input from a board made up of people from business and law firms.
CDLI has now made changes both to its programme and to its leadership. There is a new emphasis on data law, new courses, and further business opportunities for students.
Ariana Tadler, a partner at Milberg LLP, has become Executive Director of the CDLI Board of Advisers. Patrick Burke and Denise Backhouse will continue to play an active role and 13 new members have been added to the board.
Patrick Burke said:
“As technology continues to produce sweeping changes in society at large, the legal and business challenges have become more complex and urgent. Cardozo lawyers will have the tools and expertise to be leaders in these fields.”
Few law schools seem to recognise the importance of a practical grounding in data law and its practical skills, sending new generations out into practice with no more knowledge of the subject than their parents had. Cardozo sets a standard to which others might aspire – though it will be hard to catch up with a lead like this.