The Telecom, Media, and Technology (TMT) Certificate Program is the academic enrichment and skills development component of the FCBA’s Diversity Pipeline Program. It advances the mission of the Pipeline Program to attract, develop, train, and support diverse, first year law students from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups interested in pursuing legal careers in TMT law and policy.
To prepare students for first year internships and other employment opportunities in the TMT sector, the TMT Certificate Program provides a comprehensive, but accessible, introduction to the key principles, statutes, and regulations that are foundational to the practice of TMT law and policy development. It examines TMT from a legal, policy, and practice-oriented perspective, requiring only a committed effort to learn — no prior TMT legal or industry knowledge is required or expected. The Program provides a lawyer and policy professional’s approach to the myriad legal and policy issues confounding TMT organizations, the courts, and lawmakers. The Program will focus on significant recent developments and the interplay of law, technology, business models, and consumer expectations.
The Certificate Program consists of six (6) virtual learning sessions that cover the following substantive areas of law: Administrative Law, Antitrust, 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.
While completion of the Certificate Program is required for Pipeline Interns, it is open to all Pipeline applicants. Upon satisfactory completion of the Program requirements (i.e., complete 5 of 6 sessions, and the comment filing and mock ex parte meeting session), participants receive a Certificate of Achievement from the FCBA.
Substantive sessions will be taught by industry expert instructors on Saturdays, from February 5 to March 19, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with break from 12:30 – 1:30 PM ET).
February 5, 2022 — Regulatory Overview & Administrative Law
Keynote: Ajit V. Pai, Partner, Searchlight Capital Partners
Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Svetlana S. Gans, V.P. & Assoc. General Counsel, NCTA – The Internet & Television Assoc.
Geoffrey M. Klineberg, Partner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick
Alexander I. Schneider, Associate, Kelly Drye
Rudy Brioché, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee
This session will cover the federal administrative process, including the structure, functions, and powers of federal administrative agencies and their relationship with the White House, federal departments and agencies, the courts, and the States. This session will specifically examine the formal and informal procedures of the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, including their leadership, offices and bureaus, and rulemaking authority.
February 12, 2022 — Privacy & Cybersecurity
Keynote: Maneesha Mithal, Wilson Sonsini, former head, FTC Division of Privacy
Daniel K. Alvarez, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Susan E. Israel, Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb
Chanda Marlowe, Associate, Loeb & Loeb
Nicholas Chanin, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallaher LLP
This session will focus on the evolving U.S. privacy landscape, including the FTC’s privacy framework, sectoral federal privacy laws, and state privacy and data breach notification and security laws. We will examine children’s privacy – the existing legal regime, proposed federal and states laws, and regulatory activity. This session also will cover existing and emerging cybersecurity frameworks, regulation, and leading legislative proposals.
February 19, 2022 — Telecommunications & Broadband
Keynote: David Goldman, SpaceX
Russell P. Hanser, Director of Communications Policy Initiatives, National Telecommunications Information Administration, Department of Commerce
Danielle Pineres, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, Planet
Barry Ohlson and Anisa Latif Green, Co-Chairs, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee
Rudy Brioché, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee
This session will survey the legal framework of telecommunications, broadband, and the Internet at several pivotal points of development and examine technological convergence, the significance of broadband and wireless communications, and related policy implications and legislative efforts. This session also will review the essentials of spectrum technology and policy.
February 26, 2022 — Media & Content
Keynotes: FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and Sanford Williams, Special Assistant to the Chairwoman, FCC
Matthew A. Brill, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Sarang (Sy) Damle, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Diane Holland and Jamile Kadre, Co-Chairs, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee
This session will explore media and content regulation, including the key principles and laws that regulate radio and TV broadcast and cable television, advertising, and others forms of speech. This session also will review emerging laws to regulate digital media services, intermediary liability, intellectual property laws, and legislative efforts to reform these laws.
March 5, 2022 — Antitrust Law & Artificial Intelligence
Keynote: Honorable Judge Mehta (D.D.C.) (am) and Doha Mekki, Principal Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Division (pm)
Megan Browdie, Partner, Cooley
Beatriz Mejia, Partner, Cooley
Dee Bansal, Partner, Cooley
John Verdi, Vice President of Policy, Future of Privacy Forum
Svetlana Gans and Anisa Latif Green, Co-Chair, Diversity Pipeline Program Committee
This session is designed to introduce antitrust law and emerging theories of competition that are becoming a larger part of legal practice and policy at federal agencies, particularly the FTC. The session will cover issues attendant to ad tech, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and developing regulatory concerns in the U.S. and the European Union.
March 12, 2022 — Communication & Advocacy Skills
Keynote: Henry Rivera, Wiley Rein, former FCC Commissioner
Adam Copeland, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Natalie G. Roisman, Partner, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
This session is designed to equip participants with critical skills for success, as they transition from law student to legal intern in law firms, companies, and trade associations, and ultimately to practitioners. We will discuss the fundamentals of practicing law before federal agencies, including instructors presenting their private and public sector career experiences and advice. Topics will include effective written and oral advocacy, how to build a substantive record, and succeeding in workplace and client interactions. We also will share tips for preparing presentations for the next week’s mock ex parte meetings based on students’ comment drafting assignments.
March 19, 2022 — Comment Filing and Mock Ex Parte Meetings
Students will have the opportunity to participate in mock ex parte meetings that reflect the experience of advocating before agencies such as the FCC. Students will prepare talking points and present their arguments in the style of meetings with agency staff (the role of staff will be played by the Pipeline co-chairs and fellow students).