The Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI) is a groundbreaking program designed to prepare law students for careers in the rapidly expanding legal fields of information governance, e-discovery, data privacy, social media law, and cybersecurity.
The CDLI offers a comprehensive program of courses focused on various aspects of data law, taught by faculty at the top of the field, including Professors Susan Crawford, Brett Frischmann, Felix Wu and Charles Yablon. The initiative offers courses encompassed in Cardozo's top Intellectual Property & Information Law Program and the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, as well as from data law classes created over the past several years.
In addition, the law school’s extensive relationships with businesses in the NYC tech sector, as well as Cardozo’s new Tech Startup Clinic, provide hands-on experience for students.
Patrick Burke is the executive director of the CDLI. A member of Cardozo's adjunct faculty, Burke is a top practitioner in the data law field, as counsel at Reed Smith LLP and a member of its Records & E-Discovery and Data Security, Privacy and Management practice groups. The CDLI's associate director Denise Backhouse is eDiscovery Counsel at Littler Mendelson. Professors Felix Wu and Charles Yablon are faculty directors of the program.
Board of Advisors
Jason R. Baron, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Robert B. “Barry” Wiggins, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
David Cowen, The Cowen Group
Ronke Ekwensi, Huron Consulting
Hon. James C. Francis IV, Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York
Manfred Gabriel, KPMG
David Horrigan, 451 Research
Anne Kershaw, Knowledge Strategy Solutions, LLC
Matthew Knouff, Complete Discovery Source
Matthew Miller, Ernst & Young
Vialumina Babette Orenstein, Consolidated Edison of New York
Patrick Oot, Electronic Discovery Institute, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Michael Potters, The Glenmont Group
Daniel Regard, iDS
Clark Russell, Internet Bureau, New York State Attorney General’s Office
Bennie Smith, Merkle Group, Inc.
Ariana J. Tadler, Milberg, LLP
Felix Wu, Professor, Cardozo School of Law
Michael Wudke, TransPerfect Legal Solutions
Charles Yablon, Professor, Cardozo School of Law
Patrick Zeller, Gilead Sciences
Discovery in Civil Actions (Yablon), 2 credits
Corporate Internal Investigations (Sparling), 2 credits
E-Discovery, Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics (Burke), 2 credits
Information Governance Law (Burke/Backhouse), 2 credites
Internet Law I (Wu/Frischmann), 2 credits
Internet Law II (Crawford), 2 credits
Law of Surveillance (Crawford), 2 credits
Privacy Law Seminar (Wu), 2 credits
Social Media Law (Graif), 2 credits
Technology Policy Seminar (Frischmann), 2 credits
White Collar Crime (Roth), 3 credits
The CDLI Externship
The Cardozo Data Law Initiative externship program places students with leading organizations at the forefront of the burgeoning practice areas of e-discovery, privacy, cyber-security and information governance law. Externs roles involve solving client data challenges through technology, process, training, consulting and policy development.
This program is designed to help students prepare for careers in these newly emerging, underserved practice areas, with the help of industry leaders as host organizations. Students work for a minimum of 20 hours a week for eight weeks during the summer. It includes a seminar taught by Patrick Burke and Denise Backhouse.