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Ms. CyberLaw: Apps to Help You Stay Afloat

Law school is largely a game of time-management. If you manage time well and know how to compartmentalize, you'll likely move on to the next level. If not, well, let's not go there. As such, here are some phone apps to help you stay on top of the countless things you need to get done and still remain fairly clear-headed amidst the mess.   Meistertask: For those interested in developing the habit of tracking your time, setting projects, and shuffling around your to-do list in an organized and visual-friendly way, this app is a wonderful way to manage your personal…

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Ms. CyberLaw: Three Ways to Build Mentorship Through Emails

When we are first exploring law schools, trying to get a sense of specializations in law, or just aiming to draw inspiration from those who have achieved success in the legal field, we can overlook a valuable resource right under our noses: connectivity through email. Emailing a stranger can be intimidating, but what's there to lose in putting yourself out there and potentially gaining a valuable mentorship experience? So, here are three ways to maximize your chances of connecting with others in meaningful ways through email exchanges. Do your homework: When first reaching out to someone, skip the types of questions you…

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Ms. CyberLaw: Five Things that Strengthen Your Personal Brand

Like it or not, our environment is digital. That means it can be pervasive, both personally and professionally. Nonetheless, having an online presence brings with it many rewarding opportunities such as the ability to network with people you otherwise would have been unable to connect with. It can also help you grow your personal brand, which encompasses your reputation and what you stand for as a professional and as an individual. Here are five ways you can better harness the online environment to strengthen your personal brand.  Reputation, Reputation, Reputation: Before even beginning to think about labeling yourself and projecting your…

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Ms. CyberLaw: Justice Kennedy’s Recent Dissent

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced his retirement on June 27, 2018 after having served since 1987.  During his tenure and in his interpretations of the Constitution, Justice Kennedy was mindful of how quickly our society is developing an ever-increasing reliance on technology and, with it, novel forms of privacy concerns. Here is a quick recap of his most recent dissent in Carpenter v. United States, a case centered on an individual's cellphone data privacy.  The issue rested on whether the government's seizure of an individual's cellphone records constituted an impermissible warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.  The government obtained the cellphone records in question from the individual's wireless…

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Ms. CyberLaw: What’s going on with all the emails on privacy policy updates?

Welcome back!  Like mine, your e-mail inboxes have probably been flooded these past few days with messages upon messages containing subject headings along the lines of 'Privacy Policy Update' or 'GDPR and Updates to Our Privacy Policy.' It was one way of realizing that I had mindlessly signed up for countless programs, apps, websites, and so on that were now bombarding me with their concerns about privacy. With each new beep indicating a new message, I would grow closer and closer to exploring the important question: Just what is the GDPR? A few basics: GDPR stands for the European Union's General…

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#Ms.Cyberlaw: Updates for the Legal Tech Enthusiast

Spring signifies renewal and recharging. It is also an apt time to retune and make sure you are able to catch up with the ever-changing landscape of legal tech topics. The following serves as a mini guide on how best to not only learn about tech+law but also to remain in the loop on new discussions and job prospects.  Read Up There are various news pages, blogs, and websites that offer you the opportunity to be knowledgeable when it comes to developments in the tech sphere. Certain apps such as Feedly serve to aggregate news based on the subjects that…

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#Ms.Cyberlaw: Q+A with Amanda Levendowski

Today’s interview is with Amanda Levendowski, who is currently a clinical teaching fellow with the Technology Law and Policy Clinic at New York University School of Law. She is a graduate of NYU, where she completed both her undergraduate studies and her law degree. Before returning to NYU Law, she worked as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Cooley LLP focusing on copyright, trademark, Internet and privacy Law. She is also a Wikipedia editor. Hello Amanda! Before we enter law territory, my inner bookish nerd cannot refrain from asking you about your Dystopian Book Group. How did this…

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#Ms.Cyberlaw: Spotlighting the Supreme Court’s United States v. Microsoft Case

The Supreme Court of the United States began hearing arguments for United States v. Microsoft on February 27, 2018. In case you run into tech nerds from Silicon Valley on the elevator or want to impress your friends over dinner tonight, read on for a short brief outlining the key points needed to familiarize yourself with the case. FACTS: U.S. law enforcement handed Microsoft a search warrant about five years ago while investigating U.S. drug trafficking. Microsoft responded by refusing to hand over the contents of a certain individual’s emails on grounds that the information was stored in a Microsoft…

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#Ms.Cyberlaw: What is Cyberlaw?

Happy 2018, Ms. JD! I would like to start this beautiful blank page with a heartfelt sentiment of gratitude. Last year was a difficult one (Why? Well, because law school.), but one lifelong lesson I gained was how important perspective is. In the midst of all the interviewing anxiety and scheduling and inner monologues that went something like “I am so not cut out for this cutthroat competition,” for example, an interviewer over the summer asked me about my time with Ms. JD. My worries suddenly vanished from the room, and I was reminded of what mattered to me, why…

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Want Career Advice? Look Within First

Most likely, we are all familiar with Robert Frost’s famous opening stanza:             “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,             And sorry I could not travel both             And be one traveler, long I stood             And looked down one as far as I could             To where it bent in the undergrowth.” And most likely, we have been confronted by analysis paralysis at one point or another in our lives. It oftentimes casts a shadow on the plethora of career advice received from various sources – fellow students, professors, seasoned attorneys, mentors who…

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