Spring 2015 Symposium

What Stays in Vegas

Spring Symposium Flier New

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

4:00 PM

Cherry Room, New England Law | Boston

Generously Co-Sponsored By the:
Boston Bar Association                Federal Bar Association

The New England Law Review spring book symposium will be held on February 25th at 4:00 p.m. in the Cherry Room at New England Law l Boston. It will showcase Adam Tanner’s book “What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data-Lifeblood of Big-Business – and the End of Privacy as We Know It.” The book explores how American companies are threatening our privacy and gathering personal information without oversight.

The symposium will feature Adam Tanner, a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, as well as feedback and commentary from a panel of prominent legal voices, including:

  • Professor David Abrams, Harvard University and Suffolk Law School
  • Professor Shaun Spencer, University of Massachusetts Law School
  • Rita Heimes, University of Maine Law School


Author Bios

Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner is a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. In 2014, he published, “What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It.” From 1996 to 2011, Mr. Tanner worked for Reuters New Agency as Balkans bureau chief in Belgrade, Serbia, San Francisco bureau chief, and a reporter posted in Moscow, Berlin, and Washington, D.C. He also contributes to a column for Forbes, at http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamtanner/. Currently, he is researching the business of medical data.

David Abrams

David Abrams is a Visiting Lecturer on Engineering Sciences at Harvard University and an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk Law School. He previously was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, where he worked on Chilling Effects. Professor Abrams was also the Program Director of the Harvard Law School Problem Solving course. He received degrees in electrical engineering from M.I.T. and spent 25 years designing hardware and software before attending law school. He is interested in the relationship between law and technology, specifically how to apply both effectively to reduce undesirable behavior while not destroying the openness that has been the hallmark of the Internet since its inception.

Shaun B. Spencer

Shaun Spencer is a professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, where he teaches privacy law. His recent publications explore the need to reconceptualize government and private-sector surveillance regulation in light of emerging technologies. Before joining UMass Law, Professor Spencer was a lecturer at Harvard Law School; worked as a litigation associate at Boston’s Bingham, Dana & Gould; and founded his own firm specializing in civil appellate practice and employment litigation. Professor Spencer earned his B.A. from Boston College, his J.D. from Boston College Law School, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Rita S. Heimes

Rita S. Heimes is Counsel at Verrill Dana, LLP, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property and data protection. She is also a Senior Fellow to the Center for Law + Innovation at the University of Maine, School of Law. Prior to re-joining Verrill Dana in August 2014, Rita had served as Director of the Center for Law + Innovation since 2001, developed Maine Law’s nationally unique Intellectual Property Clinic, and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She received her B.A. in Journalism with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa (1980), and a J.D. with honors from Drake University Law School (1993). After law school, she clerked with the Honorable Robert Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced with law firms in Seattle, Boulder, and Portland.


For more information on this symposium, please contact:

Julianna Zitz, Business Managing Editor

Alison Field, Symposium Editor

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