November 05, 2018

Tracey L. Mancini
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New York, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP Partner Anna Mercado Clark will serve as a panelist at the 2018 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention.  The convention will be held November 8-11 in Chicago.

Ms. Clark will be speaking as a member of two panels:

  • November 9, 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – “Alice in Chinatown: Chol Soo Lee and His Fight for Freedom” – On June 3, 1973, at about 7:00 p.m. on a crowded street in San Francisco’s Chinatown, a man was shot three times – once in the back of the head. He was the latest casualty in a series of gang-related murders. Within days, police arrested 20-year-old Korean immigrant, Chol Soo Lee.  Lee was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.  In 1977, while serving his sentence, Lee fatally stabbed another inmate, a neo-Nazi, in a prison-yard fight.  Despite his claim of self-defense, Lee was convicted and sentenced to death. A third-generation Japanese-American college student, an American-born Korean community organizer, and a Korean immigrant newspaper reporter began to question the fairness of the police investigation and judicial proceedings.  The case became known as the “Alice in Chinatown Murder Case.”  The effort to free Chol Soo Lee that followed brought together a broad coalition of Asian Americans of different generations, ethnicities, and ideologies.  Through the reenactment of court proceedings, excerpts from original writings, and historic photographs, this presentation will tell the story of Chol Soo Lee and his fight for freedom.  This will be the twelfth in a series of historic reenactments presented by the Asian American Bar Association of New York.
  • November 10, 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – “From Civil Rights to Cybersecurity: How Racial, Religious, and Political Profiling Led to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and What It Means for You” – Applying lessons from the past, most data privacy principles aim to curb government abuse of mass surveillance in varying degrees. Divergence between the United States’ piecemeal approach and Europe’s more comprehensive framework is poised to narrow as the European Union’s (EU) far-reaching data privacy regulation takes effect in 2018.  Designed to harmonize EU laws and increase protection of personal data, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies not only to companies based in the EU and the European Economic Area, but even to companies in the United States.  Months before the compliance deadline, six out of 10 U.S. employees remained unfamiliar with the GDPR.  This is remarkable given that penalties can reach 20 million Euros or 4 percent of a company’s annual global revenue, whichever is greater.  Join the panelists comprised of external counsel with commercial and law enforcement experience, in-house counsel from a global Fortune 100 company, counsel from a financial regulatory agency, and a technology and forensics consultant who helps manage data security risks.  Their interactive presentation will: (1) discuss the historical evolution of data privacy regulation, (2) provide an overview of data privacy regulation worldwide, and (3) examine the most significant provisions of the GDPR and compliance enforcement to date.

As leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams, Ms. Clark focuses on complex e-discovery and digital forensics, cybersecurity and data privacy, and complex commercial litigation.  As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations.

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