Originally published in Observer on 5/2/16.

Jackson Center to present ‘Security: The Next Frontier’

JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center announced that it, along with Phillips Lytle LLP, will present “Security: The Next Frontier” for its Spring Continuing Legal Education seminar on May 10.

The formal seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation by Phillips Lytle partner Jennifer A. Beckage, who has extensive experience with a variety of technology-related issues, including data breaches, e-discovery, computer forensics, crisis planning and data policies and social media. She will be joined by Phillips Lytle associate Brendan S. Lillis to discuss issues surrounding data breaches mentioned in the news, common areas of vulnerabilities, and legal and client-imposed security obligations.

The second speaker in the morning session will be former FBI agent John P. Culhane Jr. Culhane, who was appointed and sworn as a Special Agent of the FBI in September 1978, graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He will discuss his management oversight on many high-profile FBI operations including the development of the (Buffalo) FBI Post-9/11 strategic priorities, the Command Post and Intelligence operations following the assassination of Dr. Barnett Slepian by James Charles Kopp (and its relationship to the Timothy McVeigh case) and, finally, his subsequent FBI supervision and resolution of the Top Ten Fugitive Investigation. Culhane is presently associate professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Hilbert College.

After a brief program break, a panel discussion will follow at 11 a.m. The panel will include attorneys Anthony R. Palermo and Gerard Meehan. Palermo is one of the four prosecutors who were assigned to investigate, indict, try and ultimately convict of espionage the Soviet Master Spy known by various cover names – including the false identity of “Rudolf Ivanovich Abel.” The drama of Abel’s trial and the subsequent negotiations that led to his release, during a prisoner exchange with East Germany for captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, is recounted in the Academy Award nominated film, “Bridge of Spies.” Palermo will be in the audience for a public screening of “Bridge of Spies” at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on May 9 at 7 pm.

Meehan will complete the panel, with Phillips Lytle attorney and Jackson Center board member Gregory L. Peterson as moderator. Gerald Meehan is the former captain, general manager and vice president of the Buffalo Sabres (1986-1994). During his management of the Sabres, Meehan hired several talented players, including Alexander Mogilny, who was the first hockey player to defect from the Soviet Union to play in the NHL. Meehan will discuss the serious dangers and high stakes drama he encountered while working with the U.S. Consulate to gain Mogilny’s entry to the U.S., and keeping one step ahead of the KGB. Meehan is currently Of Counsel to Barclay Damon in Toronto, Ontario.

The CLE seminar will conclude with a luncheon featuring Martin Gaston Biron, former professional ice hockey goaltender who was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Biron is an occasional studio commentator for Sabres and Islanders broadcasts on MSG. He is also director of goaltending at the Academy of Hockey at the Buffalo HarborCenter.

The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required online at www.roberthjackson.org/events. The registration deadline is today. For more information, contact the Jackson Center at 483-6646 or email info@roberthjackson.org.