Lectures and Seminars

The following is a fairly complete list of the seminars and lectures that I have presented and organized over the last decade.

2012


  • “The Rise of Cloud Bullying: Farther, Fiercer, Faster” and “There’s No Such Thing As Safe ‘Sext,'” Kentucky Victory Over Violence Conference, Lexington, KY, 11 July 2012.

  • “‘Obamacare,’ the U.S. Supreme Court, and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election,” Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, 27 June 2012. Lecture on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the then-pending legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications for the 2012 presidential election.

  • “American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right,” Faculty Seminar, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, 20 June 2012. Lecture on the origins and challenges to the right to privacy.

  • “American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right,” University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, 14 June 2012. Lecture on the origins and challenges to the right to privacy.

  • “American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right,” Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, 31 May 2012. Lecture on the origins and challenges to the right to privacy.

  • “The United States Criminal Justice System,” Public Affairs Section, American Consulate General, Guangzhou, China, 27 March 2012. Lecture to Chinese lawyers and students on the basic structure and function of the American criminal justice system.

  • “Cyberethics for the Teaching Profession,” Ethics in Education Symposium, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 10 April 2012. Pre-recorded lecture on the need for ethical training for new and current teachers.

  • “Lawyers, Litigants, and Interest Groups in the Judicial Process,” Public Affairs Section, American Consulate General, Guangzhou, China, 27 March 2012. Lecture to Chinese lawyers and students on the basic structure and function of the American judicial system.

  • “The Rise of Cloud Bullying: Faster, Farther, Fiercer,” Kentucky Bullying Prevention Symposium, Richmond, KY, 19 March 2012. Lecture on how technology is changing bullying among students.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Illinois Parent Teachers Association Annual Conference, Schaumberg, IL, 9 March 2012.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young” and “There’s No Such Thing As Safe ‘Sext,'” Alaska Society for Technology in Education Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK, 28 February 2012.


  • 2011


  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Family Online Safety Institute Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 9-10 November 2011. Keynote address on the importance of educating children about the legal risks of online activity.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Glencoe School District, Glencoe, MN, 8 November 2011. Day-long presentation to multiple groups in the school community regarding the issues discussed in Cybertraps for the Young.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Vermont Fest 2011, VITA-Learn, Killington, VT, 3 November 2011. Presentation and book signing for Cybertraps of the Young.

  • “Social Media, Sexting, and Cyberbullying,” 15th Professional Practices Institute, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, Little Rock, AR, 20 October 2011. Panel discussion based on various issues discussed in Cybertraps for the Young.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” 15th Professional Practices Institute, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, Little Rock, AR, 19 October 2011. Keynote Address based on Cybertraps for the Young.

  • “Social Responsibility and the University in the Age of Social Media: Privacy and Bullying,” New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, 17 October 2011. Lecture on issues of privacy and bullying in the higher education community.

  • “Guide to Combating Sexting at School: Legal Do’s & Don’ts for Educators,” Progressive Business Seminars, Online Webinar, 5 October 2011. Presentation on the technology used by children and the legal trouble that they can get into as a result of its misuse, along with a discussion of Vermont’s new anti-cyberbullying law.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young: Adapting the Legal System to Copy with High-Tech Young Offenders,” Back to School: Children, Courts, and Education Success, Justice for Children Taskforce, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT, 16 September 2011. Presentation on the technology used by children and the legal trouble that they can get into as a result of its misuse.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Edmunds Middle School, Burlington School District, Burlington, VT, 15 September 2011. Presentation and book signing for Cybertraps for the Young.

  • “Fast and Free Online Legal Research for Your Legal Practice,” National Business Institute, Burlington, VT, June 30, 2011. Presented half-day lecture on practical uses of the Internet for attorneys.

  • “Privacy, Anonymity, and Intellectual Freedom in the Facebook Era,” Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock, AR, June 23, 2011. Selected to present the Central Arkansas Library System’s Fred K. Darragh Distinguished Lecture.

  • “Computer Forensics 101,” Public Defender Conference, Glade Springs, WV, June 16, 2011. An overview of the basics of computer forensics for West Virginia public defenders.

  • “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Safe Sext’ — How to Protect from Cell Phone Misuse,” National School Boards Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2011. A lecture for school board members and superintendents about the rise of sexting among teenagers and strategies for preventing it.

  • “Integrating Cyber-Bullying Prevention Within a Comprehensive All-Hazards School Crisis Plan,” National School Boards Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2011. Guest appearance at a full-day pre-conference workshop organized by Winton I. Goodrich, Associate Director, Vermont School Boards Association.

  • “Bill of Rights 101,” Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, April 4, 2011. Keynote address on civil liberties and technology at the annual Bill of Rights day hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.

  • “CyberTraps for Law Students (and Young Lawyers),” Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, March 21, 2011. Lecture on potential legal and ethical traps for new lawyers.

  • “Sexting: How One Click Can Ruin Your Child’s Life (The Social and Legal Risks of Cellphone Misuse),” Boston College, Newton, MA, March 3, 2011. Lecture for general college audience on the rise of sexting among students and steps parents and schools can take to limit the incidence of risky online behavior.

  • “Media Law and Ethics,” St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, February 24, 2011. Visiting class lecture on the history of privacy and the impact of technology.

  • “The History of Privacy in America,” The Warren White Lecture, Drury University, Springfield, MO, February 17, 2011. A lecture based on “American Privacy,” delivered as part of Drury University’s convocation on the theme “The Persistence of Memory: Perspectives on the Past.”

  • “Jurisprudishness: Law and Visual Culture in the United States, 1842-1973,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, February 11, 2011. Co-chaired a panel discussion with Dr. Amy Werbel, St. Michael’s, on the impact of court decisions, legislation, and governmental censorship efforts on visual culture.

  • “Computer Forensics and the Fourth Amendment,” Introduction to Computer Forensics, Champlain College, Burlington, VT, January 24, 2011. Class visit to discuss relationship of Fourth Amendment to various computer forensics issues.


  • 2010


  • “LimeWire Made Me Do It — and Other Digital Excuses,” Alabama Federal Defenders Program [M.D.], Montgomery, AL, December 8, 2010. Seminar on the technical and legal issues related to peer-to-peer file sharing in criminal cases.

  • “LimeWire Made Me Do It — and Other Digital Excuses,” Vermont Public Defenders, Montpelier, VT, December 3, 2010. Seminar on the technical and legal issues related to peer-to-peer file sharing in criminal cases.

  • “LimeWire Made Me Do It — and Other Digital Excuses,” California Federal Defenders Program [M.D.], Los Angeles, CA. December 1, 2010. Seminar on the technical and legal issues related to peer-to-peer file sharing in criminal cases.

  • “LimeWire Made Me Do It — and Other Digital Excuses” and “Computer Forensics 101,” Nevada Federal Defenders Program, Reno and Las Vegas, NV, November 16 & 17, 2010. Seminars on the technical and legal issues related to peer-to-peer file sharing in criminal case and the basics of computer forensics.

  • “Can You See Me Now? The Growing Problem of Sexting in the Public Schools,” Vermont School Boards Association Annual Conference, Fairley, VT, October 29, 2010. Lecture to Vermont school board members and district administrators on the growing problem of sexting in public schools and the steps that can be taken to address the problem.

  • “Media Law and Ethics,” St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, October 21, 2010. Visiting lecture on the history of privacy and the impact of technology.

  • “Tweets from the Founders,” Bill of Rights 101, ACLU of Vermont, Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, October 13, 2010. Keynote speech on “Technology and the Law,” with a focus on Privacy in the Wired Age, Student Searches, In-School Discipline for Out-of-School Conduct, and Free Speech and Expression.

  • “Computer Forensics 101,” Chittenden County Public Defenders, Burlington, VT, September 24, 2010. Seminar on the basics of computer forensics and computer forensics reports.

  • “The Serpentine Wall,” Arizona School Boards Association Annual Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ, September 10, 2010. Seminar presentation on separation of church and state in the public schools.

  • “The World Wide Bathroom Wall,” Arizona School Boards Association Annual Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ, September 9, 2010. Seminar presentation with Michelle G. Parker, Esq., et al. on teacher-student boundaries in the cyber age.

  • “LimeWire Made Me Do It — And Other Digital Excuses,” Federal Public Defenders, Middle & Eastern Districts of Tennessee, July 30, 2010. Seminar on the technical and legal issues related to peer-to-peer file sharing in criminal cases.

  • “Can You See Me Now? The Growing Problem of Sexting in the Public Schools,” Catawba County Schools, Newton, NC, July 28, 2010. Day-long professional development for administrators, teachers, and parents on the dangers of sexting and measures that can be taken to prevent it.

  • “American Privacy: Can a 19th-Century Right Survive 21st-Century Technology?,” Securing the eCampus 2010, Dartmouth College Institute for Security, Technology, and Society, Hanover, NH, July 20, 2010. Lecture, workshop, and booksigning on the impact of Internet and surveillance technology on the right to privacy.

  • Limewire Made Me Do It — and Other Digital Follies,” Office of the Federal Public Defender, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2010. Presentation to federal public defenders on peer-to-peer software technology, Internet caches, and other computer-related topics in obscenity and child pornography cases.

  • Censorship, University of Vermont, April 20, 2010. Visiting lecture on the right to privacy in American society.

  • Can You See Me Now? The Growing Problem of Sexting in the Public Schools,” National School Board Association Annual Conference, McCormick Place-West Convention Center, Chicago, IL, April 11, 2010. Lecture on the rapidly-growing phenomenon of sexting among middle and high school students around the country.

  • “Social Media: The Undiscovered Country,” Vermont Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, Burlington, VT, March 19, 2010. Participated in panel discussion of various aspects of social media for attorneys, including First Amendment and computer forensics issues.

  • “Living in a Wired World: Can Personal Privacy Survive in the 21st Century?”, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID, March 10, 2010. Lecture and booksigning for American Privacy: The 400-Year-History of Our Most Contested Right.

  • American Studies 101, St. Michael’s College, March 1, 2010. Visiting lecture on the Warren Court and the 1960s Sexual Revolution.


  • 2009


  • “Living in a Wired World: Can Privacy Survive in the 21st Century?”, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, November 18, 2009. Lecture on the impact of technology on student privacy and book-signing for American Privacy: The Four-Hundred-Year History of Our Most Contested Right.

  • “A Knock at the Door: Three Centuries of Governmental Search and Seizure,” Bostonian Society, Old State House Museum, Boston, MA, November 4, 2009. Moderated and participate in a panel discussion on writs of assistance and book-signing for American Privacy: The Four-Hundred-Year History of Our Most Contested Right.

  • Digital Forensics Association, Champlain College, Burlington, VT, October 21, 2009. Guest lecture on American Privacy and trends in student privacy.

  • “American Privacy,” Media Law and Ethics, St. Michael’s College, October 15, 2009. Guest lecture on history of American privacy.

  • “LimeWire Made Me Do It: And Other Digital Follies,” 2009 Federal Criminal Defense Seminar, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, October 9, 2009. Presented hour-long lecture on the technology of peer-to-peer software and related legal issues, including search and seizure, possession, and intent to distribute contraband.

  • “Lost in MySpace,” San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas, October 7, 2009. Presented lecture on student privacy in an increasingly wired and networked world.

  • American Privacy and the Recent Decision in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc.,” Essex Rotary Club, Essex, VT, September 2, 2009. Presented a brief lunchtime lecture on the topics covered by the forthcoming American Privacy and the connection to a recent significant 9th Circuit Court of Appeals privacy ruling.

  • Digital Dirt: Computer Forensics for Lawyers, Sheraton Hotel, South Burlington, VT, June 25, 2009. Presented continuing legal education seminar for Vermont attorneys on the technology and law of computer forensics.

  • The 2009 ADFSL Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law, Champlain College, Burlington, VT, May 20, 2009. Presented keynote address on origins of metadata and its discussion in court opinions.

  • Bill of Rights 101, American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, St. Albans, VT, May 18, 2009. Helped lead discussion groups for high school students on the interplay of technology and constitutional rights.

  • “Can You See Me Now? The Growing Problem of ‘Sexting,'” Burlington High School, April 29, 2009. Organized and led a panel discussion with Lt. Kris Carlson and Chittenden County States Attorney Thomas Donovan on the legal and social risks for students engaged in the practice of “sexting.”

  • “We Need to Talk: Three Years of Difficult Conversations about Race, Class, and Money,” National School Board Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April 6, 2009. Moderated and presented seminar on the efforts of the Burlington School District to achieve socio-economic integration in its elementary schools.

  • Digital Forensics Association, Champlain College, Burlington, VT, March 11, 2009. Guest lecture on The Naked Employee and trends in workplace privacy.

  • American Studies 101, St. Michael’s College, March 2, 2008. Visiting lecture on the Warren Court and the 1960s Sexual Revolution.

  • The New Administration and New Congress: Guaranteed Changes for Labor and Employment Law, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C., February 26, 2009. Panel discussion on the topic “From Norma Rae and 9 to Five to the Employee Free Choice Act Today’s Diverse Workplaces: 40 Years of Labor Employment Law.” Sponsored by Ogletree Deakins.

  • The Yale Club of New York City, New York, NY, February 5, 2009. Author lecture and booksigning for “The Court and the Cross.”


  • 2008


  • All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, NY, November 13, 2008. Author lecture at the on the implications of the 2008 Presidential and Senatorial elections. Co-sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and the All Souls Unitarian Church.

  • Vermont 3.0 Creative/Tech Jam, Champlain College, Burlington, VT, October 25, 2008. Participated in a panel discussion on the topic “So You Want to Solve Cyber Crimes.”

  • First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, VT, September 14, 2008. Author lecture and booksigning for “The Court and the Cross.”

  • Burlington Book Festival, Black Box Theater, Lake & College Performing Arts Center, Burlington, VT, September 13, 2008. Author reading and booksigning for “The Court and the Cross.”

  • Brownell Library, Essex Junction, VT, September 10, 2008. Author lecture and book signing for “The Court and the Cross.”

  • Common Good Books, St. Paul, Minnesota, July 13, 2008. Author reading and book signing for “The Court and the Cross.”

  • Data Aggregation: A Threat to Civil Liberties?,” The Inn at Willow Pond, Manchester, VT, June 26, 2008. Participated in a panel discussion among lawyers and legislators about the privacy risks of data collection and data mining.

  • Civil Liberties, Norwich University (Northfield, VT), April 20, 2008. Visiting lecture on the decency wars and civil liberties in the United States.

  • “WhoseSpace?”, American Civil Liberties of Vermont, Langdon Street Cafe, Montpelier, VT, April 17, 2008. Participated in panel discussion on the changing law and culture of privacy in the wired age.

  • Censorship, University of Vermont, April 8, 2008. Visiting lecture on decency and censorship in American society.

  • American Studies 101, St. Michael’s College, March 3, 2008. Visiting lecture on the Warren Court and the 1960s Sexual Revolution.

  • “Efforts in Eliminating Human Trafficking,” Zonta Club of Burlington, February 27, 2008. Lunchtime lecture on global trade in human trafficking and efforts to combat it.

  • “Lost in MySpace: Personal Privacy and Safety in a Wired World,” Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), February 19, 2008. Featured speaker for program on student privacy online and on-campus.


  • 2007


  • “Lost in MySpace: Privacy and Personal Safety in a Wired World,” Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA), October 17, 2007. Featured speaker for program on student privacy online and on-campus.

  • “YouTube: Legal/Social Impact of Emerging Technologies on Students,” The Ohio Center for Law-Related Information (Columbus, OH), September 24, 2007. Featured speaker for program on student privacy online and on-campus.

  • “Can Blogging Save Civil Liberties,” American Civil Liberties of Vermont, Isley Library, Middlebury, VT, September 17, 2007. Participated in panel discussion on the use of blogging to promote public discussion and civil liberties.

  • “Lost in MySpace: Personal Privacy and Protection Online,” Chadron State College (Chadron, NE), August 27, 2007. Featured speaker for program on student privacy online and on-campus.

  • “Lost in MySpace: Privacy and Personal Safety on College Campuses,” St. Norbert College (DePere, WI), April 26, 2007. Featured speaker for program on student privacy online and on-campus.

  • “Vermont ‘Farm to School': A Whole New Way of Looking at School Food,”, National School Board Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 17, 2007. Moderator of a panel presentation on Vermont’s innovative Farm-to-School program.

  • Censorship, University of Vermont, April 2, 2007. Visiting lecture on decency and censorship in American society.

  • Sexual Ethics, St. Michael’s College, March 23, 2007. Visiting lecture on the growth and development of the online pornography industry.

  • “Lost in MySpace: Privacy and Personal Safety on College Campuses,” Columbia Basin College (Pasco, WA), March 13, 2007. Featured speaker for program on student privacy online and on-campus.

  • American Studies 101, St. Michael’s College, February 14, 2007. Visiting lecture on the Warren Court and the 1960s Sexual Revolution.

  • Digital Forensics Association, Champlain College, January 31, 2007. Guest visit to discuss computer forensics, being an expert witness, decency on the airwaves, and more.


  • 2006


  • American Political Thought: Theory and Practice, The New School, November 16, 2006. Guest visit to discuss issues of privacy in contemporary American society.

  • “Brave New Workplace: Technology, Privacy and Human Rights.” The New School for General Studies, November 15, 2006. Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor. Participated in a panel dicussion with and Nancy Flynn.

  • Keynote Address, Vermont Community Access Media Producers’ Recognition Dinner, Burlington, VT, November 10, 2006.

  • Author Appearance and Book Signing — Borders Books & Music, Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA, October 24, 2006.

  • Author Appearance and Book Signing — Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT, September 19, 2006.

  • Author Appearance and Book Signing — Borders Books & Music, Church Street, Burlington, VT, August 31, 2006.

  • “Lost in MySpace: Social Networking, Student Privacy and Self-Protection.” The 2006 Hawley Foundation Honors Society Lecture, Drake University, April 26, 2006. Featured speaker for program on student privacy online and on-campus.

  • Censorship, University of Vermont, April 18, 2006. Visiting lecture on decency and censorship in American society.

  • American Studies 101, St. Michael’s College, March 6, 2006. Visiting lecture on the Warren Court and the 1960s Sexual Revolution.

  • American Studies 101, St. Michael’s College, February 22, 2006. Visiting lecture on the Warren Court and the 1960s Sexual Revolution. [Presenter]

  • Internext, January 6, 2006. Moderated two industry panels: “Selling More than Sex” and “Taking It to the Extreme.” [Moderator]

  • 2005

  • TV and Society, University of Vermont, October 24, 2005. Visiting lecture on decency and censorship in American society.

  • Censorship, University of Vermont, October 24, 2005. Visiting lecture on decency and censorship in American society.

  • Internext, August 2005 [Moderator]

  • Addicted to Porn,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), March 10, 2005. Invited to participate in CREW press conference about contributions to leading politicians from the adult entertainment industry.


  • 2004


  • “Decency Wars: The Politics of Obscenity from Anthony Comstock to John Ashcroft,” St. Michael’s College Lecture Series, Colchester, VT, 15 November 2004 [Presenter]

  • “E-mail on the Go,” Email Technology Conference, San Francisco, CA, 14-16 June 2004 [Moderator]

  • Workplace Privacy,” HR Privacy 2004: Managing the New Challenges, Washington, D.C., 26-27 May 2004 [Keynote Speaker]

  • “Hard Drives and Hard Core,” Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, So. Burlington, Vermont, 6 May 2004 [Presenter]

  • “Portable Technology: How It Has Changed Society, Influenced Culture, and Redefined the Workplace,” Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, Monterey, California, 28-30 April 2004 [Panelist]

  • “Workplace Privacy,”, Sociology class, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, 21 April 2004 [Guest Lecturer]

  • “Obscenity and Harassment on the Internet,” Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1 March 2004 [Presenter]

  • “Adult Entertainment Law,” Tech Law Seminars, San Francisco, California, 22 January 2004 [Organizer and Presenter]

  • “Adult Entertainment Law,” Tech Law Seminars, Los Angeles, California, 21 January 2004 [Organizer and Presenter]

  • Internext, 3-5 January 2004 [Moderator]


  • 2003


  • “Adult Entertainment Law,” Tech Law Seminars, Detroit, Michigan, 7 November 2003 [Organizer and Presenter]

  • “Adult Entertainment Law,” Tech Law Seminars, Dallas, Texas, 6 November 2003 [Organizer and Presenter]

  • “Adult Entertainment Law,” Tech Law Seminars, Miami, Florida, 14 August 2003 [Organizer and Presenter]

  • “Is Nudity Obscene?,” Eastern Gathering, Massachusetts, 22 August 2003 [Presenter]

  • Internext, August 2003 [Moderator]

  • “The Gap in the Gown,” University of Vermont Grand Rounds, 6 June 2003 [Presenter]

  • Internext, January 2003 [Organizer and Moderator]


  • 2002


  • Internext, August 2002 [Organizer and Moderator]

  • “Intellectual Property in the Electronic Age,” University of Vermont Continuing Education, 6 March 2002 [Presenter]

  • Internext, January 2002 [Organizer and Moderator]


  • 2001


  • Internext, June 2001 [Organizer, Moderator, and Panelist]

  • ia2000, January 2001 [Organizer, Moderator, and Panelist]


  • 2000


  • “Technology, Entrepreneurs, and the Pornography Industry,” Sagan National Colloquium, Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH), 3 October 2000 [Speaker]

  • “Scope of the First Amendment in the Age of the Internet,” Loyala Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 21 September 2000 [Presenter]

  • “Internet Pornography and the ‘Local Community Standard,'”, ia2000, September 2001 [Panelist]

  • “Scope of the First Amendment in the Age of the Internet,” Loyola University School of Law, 21 September 2001 [Organizer and Panelist]

  • “Advanced Issues in Legal Technology,” Institute for Paralegal Education, February 2000 [Panelist]


  • 1999


  • “Internet Strategies for the Paralegal in Vermont,” Institute for Paralegal Education, April 1999 [Panelist]


  • 1998


  • “Emerging Electronic Liability Issues on the E-Net,” A.M. Best Annual Insurance Management Conference, November 1998 [Panelist]

  • “The Y2k Problem: What You Must Know about the Millennium Bug,” Vermont Bar Association, September 1998 [Organizer and Presenter]