United States: Cameron Shilling To Present On Privacy And Data Security At Independent Schools
Last Updated: April 7 2014

Forum to be moderated by David Wolowitz, Co-chair of McLane's Education Practice

April 4, 2014, Manchester, New Hampshire and Woburn, Massachusetts – Cameron Shilling will co-present a forum on privacy and data security for independent schools on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

The digital age has heralded explosive growth in the amount of data created, stored and transmitted on computers and mobile devices, over the Internet and broadband, and on social media sites.  The very same technological advancement that has defined the times also poses serious threats to our personal privacy and data security, and serious potential liability to entities – like schools – that gather and retain this data. In recent years, there has also been a proliferation of federal and state laws that impose obligations on schools regarding the storage and transmission of personal data about employees and students.  This seminar will address the dangers schools face in this regard, provide an overview of applicable laws all schools should know, and outline the steps schools should take to mitigate data security risks.

David Wolowitz, Co-chair of McLane's Education Practice will introduce the speakers and moderate the forum.  The co-presenters will be Jonathan Moll, General Counsel at Babson College and Cameron Shilling, Chair of McLane Privacy and Data Security Group.  These two experienced attorneys will share their personal experiences and provide practical advice to understanding the cyber liability exposures your schools face and how to effectively mitigate the risks of a data breach at your school.  In addition to working in private practice serving educational institutions, Jonathan will also share what he and others at Babson learned from navigating a recent data breach.

Cameron Shilling is a Director in the McLane Law Firm's Litigation Department, and Chair of their Privacy and Data Security Group.  In his 18 years as a lawyer, Cameron has managed, litigated and resolved numerous commercial matters involving business, technology, and employment issues in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New England, and around the country. 

Combining his business, technology and employment interests, Cameron has developed a depth and breadth of experience in privacy and data security.  His résumé includes managing data security audits, preparing and implementing written security policies, addressing day-to-day security issues, and investigating and remediating security breaches.  Cameron has dealt with these issues under a wide range of state and federal laws, including the Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act (GLB), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), and a number of state data security laws.

Data privacy is another focus of Cameron's practice, including creating and implementing privacy policies, terms of use agreements, information use and social media policies, advising clients about workplace privacy, social media, and consumer privacy, and handling data privacy claims asserted against companies.  He has dealt with these issues under numerous applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), Stored Communications Act (SCA), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Massachusetts privacy act, state wiretap laws, and a variety of other state and federal laws.

Cameron received a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1995, and a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1992, with honors in Business.  While in law school, he interned for United States District Court Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington, D.C.

He can be reached at McLane's Manchester, New Hampshire office at (603) 628-1351 or at cameron.shilling@mclane.com.

David Wolowitz, Co-chair of McLane's Education Law Group is an experienced litigator with over 35 years experience, who also advises independent schools on risk avoidance and crisis management. David is able to offer clients risk management and crisis response advice based on his substantial and varied trial experience. His background and experience in key legal areas, including employment, mental health, contract, criminal, fiduciary and tort law, enables him to provide practical and useful advice to his clients. He has active trial practice in federal, superior and probate courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

David has a substantial practice representing independent schools. His clients include boarding and day schools, from small, local schools to nationally known schools. He advises independent schools on all aspects of legal issues, risk management and crisis response. He works closely with heads of school, deans, financial officers, trustees, health providers and others. He trains school administrators, faculty and staff on safe practices to protect students in their care. He also trains his clients on how to operate safely, how to recognize and address signs of inappropriate behavior and how to respond to allegations of misconduct.

David also has a national consulting practice. He regularly provides training to independent schools throughout the country and presents to national organizations, including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). He has conducted dozens of training sessions in person and over the internet on various topics relating to governance, risk management and student safety. He has been qualified as an expert witness and testified on the adequacy of independent school policies and procedures relating to the protection of students from harassment and misconduct.

David received his J.D. from the University of Michigan (1975), M.A. from Harvard University (1971) and his A.B. from Washington University (1968).

He can be reached at the firm's Portsmouth, New Hampshire office at (603)334-6923 or by email at david.wolowitz@mclane.com.

To register for the event, which will take place from 9:30am-1:30pm, on May 5, 2014, contact Tarey Warnock at (603)628-1467.

About the McLane Law Firm and Education Group

Founded in 1919, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, as well as Woburn, Massachusetts.  Driven by the firm's depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.  www.mclane.com

McLane's Education Group has extensive experience in understanding the unique nature of the governance of educational institutions as well as in handling difficult issues that may arise in the school setting.  Representing colleges and independent schools in all aspects of operations, the Education Group advises on a wide range of issues, from administration, employment and fiscal matters to risk management, managing and defending personal injury claims, training, regulatory compliance and immigration issues. The Group conducts training and internal investigations and should the need for litigation arise, McLane's seasoned litigation attorneys represent schools before federal and state courts, as well as governmental agencies.

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