JUNE 2020
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Message from the Chair
Privacy and Technology


Privacy and Cybersecurity Section Newsletter
is published quarterly by the Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Section


Natasha S. Amlani

Privacy and Cybersecurity Section Board:

Tanya L. Forsheit, Esq, Chair
Andrew B. Lachman, First Vice Chair
Natasha S. Amlani, Second Vice Chair
M. Scott Koller, Sector Vice Chair- Large Firm
Jennie Wang VonCannon, Sector Vice Chair- Small Firm
Ryan Darren White, Sector Vice Chair - Academic/Government
Derek Dunaway, Sector Vice Chairperson – In-House
Lyric Kaplan, Secretary


Message from the Chair

Tanya L. Forsheit

Welcome to the very first edition of our LACBA Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Section newsletter!

When we launched this Section in mid-2019, it was already a crazy time to be a practitioner in the privacy and cybersecurity space. The California Consumer Privacy Act was newly enacted and subject to potential change pre-enforcement, and businesses were under siege from threats to the security of their corporate assets, including data, ranging from hacktivists to nation states. We are fortunate here in Los Angeles County to have a wealth of knowledge and support from lawyers practicing in this broad area from across the ecosystem: outside counsel from large and small firms representing corporate interests; in-house counsel; prosecutors; regulators from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; academics; consumer and employment lawyers; lawyers working in the public interest; and law students already learning from local law school curricula focused on these areas, hoping to join these ranks. All have a home here.

We never could have imagined that the practice space would be rendered even more complex by the global COVID-19 pandemic that took hold in the first quarter of 2020. Now the very fact that lawyers are (mostly) stuck at home, working remotely, raises novel privacy and data security issues for our clients and for the lawyers themselves. Terms like telemedicine, social distancing, and contact tracing are now in the common vernacular, and the law in this country is ill-fitted to address the use of technology to address our new circumstances and tackle these challenges. It falls to lawyers in this practice area – believe it or not – to help guide the way. I know that we are up to the task.

This newsletter is one important vehicle through which we can educate and inform the legal community and help arm our colleagues with the tools they need to practice data privacy and cybersecurity law or, it turns out, just practice law of any kind, from the comfort and safety of their homes in these troubling times. I want to thank our Section Second Vice Chair, Natasha Amlani, who brought this newsletter to life, and for her many contributions to the Section in its first year.

I also want to thank all the other Section Officers – Andrew Lachman (First Vice Chair), Scott Koller (Sector Vice Chair – Large Firm), Jennie Wang VonCannon (Sector Vice Chair – Small Firm), Ryan White (Sector Vice Chair – Academic/Government), Derek Dunaway (Sector Vice Chairperson – In-House), and Lyric Kaplan (Secretary) – and all the Executive Committee members at large, for their extraordinary contributions in making this Section a reality and for their passion about the practice of law in this space.

Enjoy this first issue, and we hope you will join our ranks and/or consider contributing a piece for a future edition.

Happy reading, and be safe and well,

Chair, Privacy and Cybersecurity
Tanya L. Forsheit

Upcoming Event

Please join us for our upcoming event on June 11: Cybersecurity and Your Practice: What You Should Know About the 2020 Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report, and How It Will Impact the Southern California Legal and Business Communities.

Details are available here.

Recap - Section Events

Technology Competence: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,
May 14, 2020
In advance of the comment deadline, the Privacy & Cybersecurity Section and the Small Firm & Solo Practitioners Sections co-hosted an event to discuss the new proposed Comment on Technology Competence in connection with Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as the bigger picture of lawyers and technology in the rapidly evolving legal market. This engaging discussion was led by Ashod Mooradian, former State Bar prosecutor and founder of the Law Office of Ashod Mooradian, Tanya Foresheit, partner, and chair of the Privacy and Data Security group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, and Andrew Lachman of Lachman Law.

Virtual Happy Hour, April 30, 2020
Undeterred by COVID-19, the Privacy & Cybersecurity Section hosted its first virtual happy hour with topic breakout rooms for section members to get acquainted with each other. Look out for our next one!

World Privacy Day, January 28, 2020
The California Consumer Privacy Act, One Month In: A Panel Discussion to Celebrate World Data Privacy Day
In celebration of World Privacy Day, we hosted a panel discussion on the latest developments in CCPA compliance, counseling, and litigation. We were joined by Alastair MacTaggart, architect of the CCPA and founder of Californians for Consumer Privacy, Olivia Samad, privacy counsel at Southern California Edison, and Ben Hayes, the Chief Privacy Officer of Zeta Global.


If you’re interested in co-hosting or planning an event with us, email our Second Vice Chair, Natasha Amlani, at



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