Our Digital Lives: From Cryptocurrency and NFTs to Ransom- & Spy-ware to Free Speech under Section 230 and NY Times v. Sullivan

Saturday, September 25 | 11:45am to 1:00pm |Virtual
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Join WCL alumni experts in these diverse yet interrelated areas of law as they shed light on the tremendous shifts underway in the media, privacy, and technology sectors and provide guidance as to where the trends are heading.

Moderated by Prietta Booker, Associate Director, Business & Legal Affairs at 300 Entertainment. 

Prietta Booker (WCL ’18) is Associate Director, Business & Legal Affairs at 300 Entertainment, home to such artists as Young Thug, Gunna, and Megan Thee Stallion. She drafts and negotiates various agreements relating to the publishing and recorded music business, including recording and publishing agreements, synchronization agreements, sponsorship and brand agreements, and digital marketing agreements. She also counsels on business and commercial matters primarily in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, technology, and media.


Melissa Maalouf (WCL ‘07) is a Shareholder at ZwillGen where she represents clients in a wide range of privacy, security, advertising, and e-commerce matters through counseling, responding to FTC and State Attorneys General investigations, and analyzing risks associated with corporate transactions. She regularly counsels providers of emerging technologies such as internet-connected devices, artificial intelligence, online marketplaces, fintech companies, and mobile applications in integrating “privacy-by-design” concepts into their products and services through the creation of appropriate consumer disclosures, website terms, internal policies, and procedures, and consumer choice mechanisms. She advises clients and defends them in federal and state regulatory enforcement actions regarding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and online child safety considerations; alleged violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act; and state and federal privacy laws. She works closely with clients to develop strategies, commensurate with their size and international footprint, for compliance with global marketing and cookies rules, consumer protection regulations, data protection laws (including the EU GDPR and Brazilian LGPD), and international data transfer restrictions. She also advises on e-commerce issues such as consumer disclosures during the e-commerce flow, auto-renewal subscription regulations, and electronic signature laws.

Steven Masur (WCL ’93) has over 25 years of experience advising early, growth, and enterprise stage companies in emerging industries.   Steve brings a unique mix of legal, business, and strategic experience to bear on client matters and is passionate about helping committed teams execute upon a path to success in new markets.  Steve has been an early innovator in the internet, software, entertainment, games, and mobile technologies, and has most recently focused on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and cannabis.

Ali Sternburg (WCL'12) is Senior Policy Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. After initially joining as a Legal Fellow in June 2011, she focuses on online copyright issues and other areas of intellectual property policy. She is one of the main contributors to CCIA’s innovation-centered online initiative, the Disruptive Competition Project, dubbed DisCo, and is also a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.  At WCL, Ali was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Senior Symposium Chair and Senior Marketing Manager for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Dean’s Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

Shantel Williams (WCL '15) is Senior Legal Counsel at Quora where she manages content moderation, dispute resolution, and brand IP enforcement matters. Prior to joining Quora, Shantel was Lead IP Counsel at Facebook where she led a team of attorneys focused on global IP and content issues across the Facebook Products (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Oculus). She was also one of the founding members of Facebook’s Legal Racial Justice Task Force, which launched in 2020. Shantel received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and graduated from WCL in 2015. During her time at WCL, she was the Executive Editor of the Administrative Law Review (‘14–’15), a Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellow, and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society where she competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.