Privacy Law Committee

    The Privacy Committee is a forum for discussing this new and developing area of the law affecting a broad range of practices at the state, national and international levels. It also works to help educate members of the bar about the privacy and security obligations of both their own organizations and those of their clients.

    Who Should Join? Whether you are in-house counsel or a member of a firm, if you are active in any of the following areas, you may benefit from becoming a member of the Privacy Committee:

    • Advertising and marketing law
    • Corporate governance
    • Employment law
    • Financial services law
    • Healthcare law
    • IT law
    • International litigation
    • Mergers & Acquisitions (domestic or international)

    Who is Eligible for Membership? Membership is free and open to all members of the IT Law Section. If you are not yet a member of the IT Law Section, joining is simple. Log on to the State Bar of Michigan Member Area, select “Section Membership” and follow the directions to join the IT Section.

    How Do I Sign-up? It’s easy. Once a member of the IT Section, e-mail one of the co-chairs at the address listed below and express your interest in participating. An “I want to join” message is sufficient.

    Bob Rothman, Co-Chair,
    Keith Cheresko, Co-Chair,

IT Law Section—Writing Competition

Each year the IT Law Section seeks student essays for Edward F. Langs Writing Awards. A total of up to $3,000 is available for distribution for up to six award winning essays that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of information technology law, which are published in the Section's newsletter, the Michigan IT Lawyer. Please share this opportunity with law school faculty, staff and students who may be interested!

2017 Edward F. Langs Writing Award

Essay Competition Rules

  1. Awards will be given to up to six student essays, which in the opinion of the judges make the most significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of information technology law. Factors to be taken into consideration include: originality; timeliness of the subject; depth of research; accuracy; readability; and the potential for impact on the law.
  2. Essay must be original, deemed to be of publishing quality, and must not have been submitted to any other contest within the previous 12 months.
  3.  Essay must be typed, double spaced, at least ten pages in length, must contain proper citations listed as either endnotes or footnotes, and must have left, right, top, and bottom margins of one inch.
  4. Essay must include the submitter's name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, and school attended.
  5. A total of up to $3,000 in US dollars is available for distribution between the award winning essays, and all rights to award winning essays shall become the property of the State Bar of Michigan.
  6. The Information Technology Section of the State Bar of Michigan reserves the right to make editorial changes, and to publish award winning essays in the Section's newsletter, the Michigan IT Lawyer. (View previous issues of the Michigan IT Lawyer)
  7. Essay must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document, postmarked by June 30, 2017, and emailed to