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Maine Law continues to build reputation in data privacy

March 12, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Building on its reputation as a training ground in the field of data privacy, the University of Maine School of Law was well represented at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., March 6-8.

Attending the conference were Professor Rita Heimes, director of Maine Law’s Center for Law and Innovation; Andrew Clearwater, the Center for Law and Innovation Fellow; and Maine Law students Elizabeth Albers, Elisabeth Koury, Jennifer Mahoney and Matthew Nichols.

“It was as great event. We had opportunities to talk about our upcoming Summer Privacy Institute, and our LL.M. program that offers a focus on Global Information Privacy, to an audience of future students and, more importantly, future employers for our students,” Clearwater said. “As the only law school with a booth at the event, it was clear that Maine Law is a leader among educators.”

The Global Privacy Summit is put on by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of the organization, is a 1995 graduate of Maine Law and an adjunct professor at the Law School.

Maine Law partners with the IAPP for an annual data privacy conference, and a two-week Summer Privacy Institute. The institute is the nation’s first for-credit law school summer program in information privacy. Attendees last year included law students and professionals, who had the option at the end of the program to test for the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) credential.

Law firms, banks, insurance companies, educational institutions, health care providers – nearly every enterprise in the U.S. – must comply with privacy laws. Many are hiring law school graduates who are ready to hit the ground running. Through Maine Law’s Center for Law and Innovation, students have secured internships at companies and organizations including Digital Policy Group, IDEXX, and the Future of Privacy Forum. Maine Law graduates work in data privacy positions at Accenture, Yahoo!, Intel, Ernst & Young and other companies.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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