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Techlegality: Shaping Policy

With Election Day in just a few days, I am reminded of how policy shapes our society and the way we live. In a one-of-a-kind year that has sparked unprecedented social movements and calls for reform, the way individuals view and conceptualize policy has greatly shifted. As a result, who shapes policies has become more important than ever.   I recently attended a panel discussion that covered the current status of tech policy from a diversity and inclusion perspective in both the private sector and the public sector. There were so many interesting points throughout the discussion, but one overarching…

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Techlegality: A Moment to Reflect. Thanks, RBG.

This year has been filled with so many remarkable moments, which makes it difficult not to acknowledge their impact on our lives when they happen. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea to use this month’s column to appreciate the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In expressing my appreciation, it is not my intention to even attempt to capture the countless contributions she made to enhance the lives of women and marginalized groups in this country. Instead, I took some moments to reflect and honor the fact that many of the…

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Techlegality: Expanding Broadband Access to Close the Homework Gap

With fall quickly approaching, online school is in full swing for students due to the ongoing global health crisis. As a result of the requirement to operate in a virtual setting, having access to adequate internet is more prevalent than ever. Many students, however, do not have the luxury of readily available internet access. Often referred to as the homework gap as a result of the digital divide, groups of students are disproportionately disadvantaged to what may seem like an inevitable, basic necessity to most people. As the need to have internet access at home continues, various levels of government have…

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Techlegality: On Being a Change Agent No Matter the Path

In true 2020 fashion, the past few weeks have been marked by a monumental moment in history. Congressman John Lewis passed away, and the nation will never be the same. As I read and learn more about his life, I am both fascinated and empowered. Through all of the coverage, my thoughts have gone in many directions, but I’ve been most fixated on his concept of getting into “good trouble.” A trailblazer and civil rights icon, Congressman Lewis recognized that in order to create change, we must speak up and take action when we identify something unsettling. This ideology resonates…

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Techlegality: Where Do We Go from Here?

In the midst of arguably the biggest social movement of my generation, conversations surrounding inclusion have become increasingly prevalent. This unprecedented atmosphere of change has required me to engage in dialogues with colleagues and associates about what it truly means to cultivate environments (professional, social, etc.) that properly encompass the experiences of people of color and other marginalized groups. The overwhelming truth is that the recent happenings are not isolated events. Everyday, people of color are faced with the responsibility of figuring out how to navigate their daily lives with the implications of their existence as minorities. This interplay between…

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Techlegality: The Intersection of Healthcare, Law, and Tech – Interview with Damika W. Barr

There is no question that technology is shaping the future of healthcare, especially now. I recently had the opportunity to sit down (virtually) with Damika W. Barr, Head of Public Policy and Government Relations at Verily Life Sciences. Wearing many titles, Damika is a wife, mother, attorney, thought leader, and healthcare champion. Throughout the course of our discussion, Damika shared great insight into her career path and how she navigates a role uniquely positioned at the intersection of healthcare, law, and technology. I enjoyed every moment of this interview, and I hope the same for you.  VW: Let’s get right…

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Techlegality: Virtual as the New Reality

As the global health crisis continues, it has become increasingly evident that “virtual is the new reality” in many scenarios. From law school classes to court proceedings, online platforms have become the primary resources for staying connected. These transitions largely came out of necessity to allow individuals to fulfill their educational requirements or to maintain law and order. In other instances, the use of online forums developed out of creativity. From family meetings and birthday parties to live concerts and happy hours, people have been determined to connect despite the circumstances. At the height of the transition to using online…

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Techlegality: As Days Go By

The rare conditions of this day and age have led me to offer some thoughts on how to channel your energy in unprecedented times. Your new normal likely resembles nothing you ever imagined, and it is my hope that you find something helpful as we all navigate the current landscape.   Whether you’re looking for ways to occupy your time or simply want to try something new, here are some thoughts on how to approach the times in which we are living.   Look Within Introspective work is not always an easy feat. With distractions often lingering, it can be…

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Techlegality: What’s It Like to Work in Tech?

Before going to law school, I had a clear vision of the type of law I wanted to practice. I applied to numerous internships and sent many “cold emails” to lawyers in that field in efforts to gain insight into how to create a similar career path. I distinctly recall one response that said something like, “There is no way to be a ______ type of lawyer. You must do well in school and get the proper training. My job is no different than being a lawyer anywhere else.” I’m sure the person meant that, although some attorneys work in…

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Techlegality: Emerging Roles in Emerging Industries

The beginning of the year always triggers a sense of renewal. As we embark on yet another orbit around the sun, the essence of ambition infiltrates the atmosphere and we make efforts to tackle new goals and aspirations. That same energy is seemingly constant across the tech industry. With new ideas and concepts come new legal issues and requirements. Lawyers, therefore, are integral in moving the needle forward in efforts to shape industries that may not have previously existed.  The decision to become a lawyer can vary greatly between individuals. Consequently, it is common to see law students and law…

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