Chase hosting first cyber defense scholarship showcase

NKU’s Chase College of Law will be hosting the first ever Law and Informatics Student Scholarship Showcase on Cyber Defense Strategies for Business and Industry on Feb. 27. Four law students will present their scholarly papers and have a chance to be published in the Northern Kentucky Law Review.

As part of their editorial duties at the Northern Kentucky Law Review editors are to write “notes.” Six associate editors wrote notes and four chose to present them at this showcase. The Northern Kentucky Law Review, which publishes notes alongside professors, will publish two of the notes presented.

These four associate editors include Erica Hauck, third year law, “The Cloud Ward: Securing the Operational Domain of Cyberspace with a Robust Military Command”; Joseph Farley, third year law part time, “To Open or Not to Open- Are E-mail Messages Safe from Unwarranted Government Intrusion?”; Marcy Wilkinson, second year of law, “Data Exposed: Insuring the Intangible Backbone of Modern Businesses”; and Michael Alao, third year law, “Public School Governance and Cyber Security: School Districts Provide Easy targets for Cyber Thieves.”

Lindsey Jaeger, director of centers and institutes administration and the United States Patent and Trademark Office attorney, and Victoria Russell, senior managing editor of the Northern Kentucky Law Review and second year law student, will host this event.

Professor of Law and Director of the Law + Informatics Institute, Jon Garon will moderate this event as well on Feb. 28.

“It should be a very interesting hour,” Garon said.

Garon, who has supervised students during their research, had some of them in class.

“We’re very excited to bring the scholarship showcase to the public,” Garon said.

Hauck, Farley, Wilkinson and Alao were required to be on Law Review, a rigorous competition to get on, before they could write these papers. They present their findings not for a monetary scholarship, but to contribute to the academic law society, Russell said.

These papers fulfilled the program’s four panels: the industry’s responsibility to maintain the critical infrastructure; how critical data’s infrastructure of confidentiality, privacy, resilience and security is; the cyber security landscape; and lessons and takeaway from these papers.

Jaeger, who is all honored by all of them, doesn’t know why anyone wouldn’t care about these topics because they apply to everyone, especially the government opening their email.

Each of these authors has produced law quality notes. Farley works for Frost Brown Todd, a prestigious law firm that has nine offices throughout the country. After he graduates next year he plans to work for this firm as a patent attorney.

“It’s a good experience for the four of us speaking,” he said, of getting to talk in front of professionals throughout the industry.

Alao, who currently works as a tax intern at Clark, Schaefer, Hackett and Co., was one of the best oral advocates in the 2013 Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition.

“We’re very proud of him,” Jaeger said.

This showcase will be part of the annual Law and Informatics Symposium presented by the Northern Kentucky Law Review. Here speakers throughout the world and leading institutions across the United States like Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will stress National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework and surveillance.

The Student Scholarship Showcase compromises two days, Feb. 27 and 28, and is free to all NKU students. The Student Scholarship Showcase will be Feb. 27 12 – 1 p.m. in the Student Union room 104. There will be a free lunch, but students need to register.

“I’d really like to see it continue forward,” Russell said about the showcase. “It is a great opportunity for students.” Last April she presented, “It Belongs in a Museum, But Which One?” at the 64th annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt.

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