The FCBA Diversity Pipeline Program will include an academic enrichment and skills development component.  It is principally designed to provide applicants of the Pipeline Program with a comprehensive, but accessible, introduction to the key principles, statutes, regulations that are the foundation of the practice of law and policy development in technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) law and policy.

The Certificate Program examines TMT from a legal, policy and practice-oriented perspective, requiring no prior legal or industry knowledge. The Certificate Program provides a lawyer and policy professional’s approach to the myriad legal issues, significant recent developments, and the interplay of legal and policy issues that are impacting the legal and business decisions of leading TMT companies today.

The Certificate Program consist of six (6) virtual learning modules that cover the following substantive areas of law: Administrative Law, Antitrust Law, Broadband, Media and Content Regulation, Telecom (Wireline and Wireless) Regulation, Privacy, Data and Cyber Security, and other regulatory and legislative issues impacting the TMT industry sector.  In addition, the Certificate Program includes a separate module on various styles of oral and written communication, advocacy, and workplace and client interactions.

The modules will feature industry luminaries who will share their perspective of the TMT law and policy profession, the ever-evolving digital economy, and its impact on consumers, businesses, and governments. The capstone of each module is a short writing exercise to reinforce the main legal points and policy arguments.

Sessions will be taught by industry expert instructors for several hours on Saturdays, from March 6 through April 17, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time: Morning Session (10 AM – 12:30 PM) and Afternoon Session (1:30 PM – 4:00 PM).

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED HERE:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UJOl1d2ITKmuSu92sFKW4g.

 

TMT LAW & POLICY TOPICS

March 6, 2021:  U.S. Government and Administrative Law

This session will provide an overview of the U.S. government policy development landscape, including a close examination of the FCC (its leadership, offices and bureaus, rulemaking process), the FTC and the Congress, and examine the Administrative Procedure Act, federal jurisdiction, dual jurisdiction, types of adjudications, judicial review doctrines, and preemption.

Opening Remarks:

Natalie G. Roisman, President, FCBA and Partner and Director of Social Responsibility, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Featured Speaker:

Ajit V. Pai, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Instructors:

Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Scott H. Angstreich, Partner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick

Facilitators:

Svetlana S. Gans, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA, and Vice President and Associate General Counsel, NCTA – Internet & Television Association

Rudy N. Brioché, Member, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA and Vice President and Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation

 

March 13, 2021:  Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity

This session will focus on the evolving U.S. privacy landscape, including the FTC’s privacy framework, sectoral federal privacy laws, and state privacy, data breach notification and security laws. The session also will examine existing and emerging cybersecurity frameworks, leading legislative proposals to regulate privacy and related matters, such as algorithmic discrimination.

Featured Speaker:

Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Partner, Baker Botts and Former Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

Instructors:

S. Jenell Trigg, Partner, Lerman Senter

Daniel K. Alvarez, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Facilitator:

Rudy N. Brioché, Member, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA and Vice President and Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation

 

March 20, 2021:  Media and Content Regulation

This session will explore media and content regulation, including the key principles and laws that regulate radio and TV broadcast and cable media, advertising and others forms of speech.   This session also will review emerging laws to regulate digital media services, intellectual property laws, and legislative efforts to reform these laws.

Featured Speaker:

The Honorable Judge Amit P. Mehta, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Instructors:

Matthew A. Brill, Partner, Latham & Watkins

Sarang (Sy) Damle, Partner, Latham & Watkins

Facilitator:

Alyssia J. Bryant, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA

 

March 27, 2021:  Telecommunications and Broadband

This session will survey the legal framework of telecommunications, broadband and the Internet at several significant points in its development and examine technological convergence, the emergent dominance of broadband and wireless communications, and related policy implications and legislative efforts. 

Featured Speaker:

David Goldman, Director of Satellite Policy, SpaceX

Instructors:

Russell P Hanser, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Michael Marcus, Owner, Marcus Spectrum Solutions

Facilitator:

Arturo Chang, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA and Senior Counsel, Wireless Infrastructure Association

 

April 10, 2021:  Technology and Antitrust Law

This session is designed to introduce students to antitrust law and emerging technology issues that are becoming a larger part of legal practice and policy. The session will cover issues attendant to ad tech, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and competition concerns regarding rapidly developing technologies in the U.S. and the European Union.

Featured Speaker:

Sanford S. Williams, Director, Office of Communications Business Opportunities, Federal Communications Commission

Instructors:

Alicia J. Batts, Partner, Faegre Drinker

John Verdi, Vice President of Policy, Future of Privacy Forum

Christy Harris, Director of Technology and Privacy Research, Future of Privacy Forum

Tyler Park, Policy Counsel, Youth & Education Privacy, Future of Privacy Forum

Facilitators:

Rudy N. Brioché, Member, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA, and Vice President and Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation

Svetlana S. Gans, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA, and Vice President and Associate General Counsel, NCTA – Internet & Television Association

 

April 17, 2021:  Communication and Advocacy Skills

This session is designed to help equip participants with critical skills for success, including persuasive legal writing and advice, advocacy, and workplace and client interactions for effectively transitioning from a law student to legal intern in law firms, companies, and trade associations.

Featured Speakers:

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

Henry M. Rivera, Partner, Wiley Rein

Instructors:

Adam Copeland, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Iris Drayton-Spann, Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development, WETA

Facilitator:

Alyssia J. Bryant, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee, FCBA

 

ATTENDANCE AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All Participants will be able to participate and attend the virtual learning sessions.

For Participants that have secured an internship, completion of the Certificate Program is required.

All Participants will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation upon completing the program and writing exercises, having missed no more than one of the six sessions of the ProgramThis requirement applies to all Participants, regardless of whether the participant has secured an internship through the Diversity Pipeline Program.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED HERE:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UJOl1d2ITKmuSu92sFKW4g.

For more information, please contact Alyssia Bryant at ajbryant@mintz.com or any of the other FCBA Pipeline Program Co-Chairs.