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Digital Age Law 2020: Teaching Teens and Young Adults Compliance Through Pro Bono Programs

Speaker(s): Amr Razzak, Angela Alvarado, Carrie M. LeRoy, Dana Scruggs, Jodi Wing, Mahlet Getachew
Recorded on: Nov. 17, 2020
PLI Program #: 295738

Amr Razzak is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, Arps. He represents clients in a broad range of corporate transactions and corporate governance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment and capital markets transactions, and situations involving shareholder activism.

Mr. Razzak’s practice encompasses transactions involving public and private companies, private equity funds, friendly and unsolicited situations, and U.S. and cross-border transactions. He has significant experience handling transactions in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as in growth markets such as India, Israel, China, Egypt and Singapore.

Before joining the firm’s Palo Alto office in 2004, Mr. Razzak was resident in Skadden’s New York and Singapore offices, where he worked on many transactions recognized by industry publications in their annual reviews of the year’s largest and most innovative deals.

Mr. Razzak has been recognized annually as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also has been named in IFLR1000 and was a key member of the Skadden deal teams recognized in The Recorder’s 2019 California Leaders in Technology Law contest, as well as in the publication's 2017 Corporate Department of the Year contest, in which Skadden took top honors in the U.S. M&A and Cross Border M&A categories.

Mr. Razzak is one of the lead attorneys in Skadden's award-winning pro bono initiative, "Know Your Rights and Know the Law: Sex, Bullying and Social Media," which provides high school students with critical tools and information for navigating their legal rights and responsibilities in the realm of social media.

He serves as chair of the Palo Alto office’s Diversity Committee and is a member of Skadden's Global Women's Initiative Committee.

Angela Alvarado has been a Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County for 21 years.  She has served as a courtroom trial attorney on the Sexual Assault, Family Violence, Three Strikes, General Felonies, and Juvenile Justice units.  She is currently assigned to the Community Prosecution team and works in the areas of crime prevention, law enforcement training, truancy, and digital safety.

She graduated summa cum laude from California Polytechnic Institute San Luis Obispo in 1994 and the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1997. In addition to her job as a criminal prosecutor, she has been a statewide instructor for law enforcement on the topics of juvenile crime, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, and courtroom testimony for over 15 years. Angela is a national expert in the areas of digital safety and the law. She has developed multi-tiered curriculum to address the growing use of digital media and has educated thousands of parents, students, and school administrators on current trends in technology and the potential dangers. She has been the keynote speaker at Google and LinkedIn to discuss digital responsibility and education. She is currently an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School.

In 2014, she was awarded Instructor of the Year for POST Institute of Criminal Investigators for the State of California. In 2017, she was awarded the Clayton L. Haupert Award for Excellence in Prosecution by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Her progressive community enforcement work during Covid-19 was highlighted on the front page of the New York Times; Katey Rusch, Setting Rules for Public From Her Kitchen Table, May 12, 2020. She has recently appeared CNN Tonight with Don Lemon to discuss the collaboration between community and law enforcement during the shelter in place health orders.

Carrie LeRoy advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property, technology and sourcing transactions, including development and license agreements, patent and other technology license agreements, outsourcing, joint ventures and strategic collaborations.

Clients benefit from Carrie's experience working within a range of sectors, with a particular focus on technology and cross-border transactions. She is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Technology Transactions Group. Her extensive work for technology companies, including leading semiconductor, social media and information technology companies, involves advising on the intellectual property aspects of a range of complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, asset purchase, joint development and intellectual property divestitures. She also advises companies in the electronics, software, electronic storage, telecommunications, e-commerce and financial services sectors. She regularly handles a variety of commercial transactions, including original equipment manufacturer, reseller, distributor, sales representative, services, manufacturing and supply agreements. Another aspect of Carrie's practice includes intellectual property counseling, including with respect to the allocation of intellectual property ownership, protection and monetization of intellectual property rights, open source and data privacy.

Widely recognized as a leader in intellectual property transactions and an innovator in the industry, Carrie has been honored by a number of California's leading legal publications in recent years. In 2017, Carrie earned top ratings for her patent work from Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), the world’s leading intellectual property business media platform. The Daily Journal recognized Carrie as one of its 2016 "California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year" for her cutting-edge work with regard to a highly complex technology transaction valued at $37 billion. That same year, she was also named to The Recorder's list of "Women Leaders in Tech Law." In 2015, she was selected by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of its "2015 Women of Influence," and in 2014, The Recorder presented her with an "Innovator Award" for a pro bono program she developed to educate teens on the laws relating to social media and technology usage.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Carrie was a partner at an international law firm. She has also worked in-house with Marvell Semiconductor as a senior intellectual property licensing attorney, where she negotiated and drafted a variety of inbound and outbound technology.

Dana Scruggs is recognized, by associates and opposing attorneys, as well as by the judges who know him best, both for his effective representation and for his high ethical standards. He is nationally recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as Preeminent among his attorney peers. He is repeatedly recognized as a California “Super Lawyer”.

“Great lawyer. Dana Scruggs is one of the best lawyers out there. Don’t hesitate to call for any personal injury cases or questions you may have. - Yelp Review, Youmou G, Sunnyvale, CA”

He vigorously represents people who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries, the wrongful death of family members. He has extensive experience in cases involving automobile crashes, product liability, nursing home abuse of the elderly and dependent adults, and is a noted and well respected child sexual abuse attorney.

Mr. Scruggs has a strong record of success. He has favorably tried and settled hundreds of cases against strong and worthy adversaries. His reputation is one of integrity, preparation, commitment, and dedication to his clients. In this way, the rights of his clients are vindicated, and the cause for which both client and attorney fight is furthered that much more.

Mr. Scruggs has been practicing law in Santa Cruz County since 1980. 100% of his practice is devoted to litigation of personal injury cases.

Jodi Wing is an author, education innovator and change agent who advocates to advance social change through educational equity. In 2010, Ms. Wing created The Art of Peace content strand, developing a ‘Club’ curricula, workshop, and reading series that teaches critical thinking and emotion/expectation management skills to children, families, and educators through ethical interpersonal and civic engagement. Working within the LA Unified School District and LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment, Ms. Wing has ushered more than 2,500 elementary students through the ART OF PEACE programming and she has engaged more than 6,500 students in middle and high schools. The Art of Peace was initially female-focused. Due to its success, Ms. Wing expanded the program in 2014 to address the social and emotional needs of boys.

In 2018, Ms. Wing was selected to receive the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in recognition of the impact and influence of her Art of Peace work. She is honored to have retained this distinction for 2019 as well.

To accelerate and expand her impact, Ms. Wing founded the Invincibility Collective, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to amplify and distribute messaging and media that matters.  Founded in 2018, The Invincibility Collective provides community-based programming for an online environment to reach exponentially more students, parents, and educators.  The Invincibility Collective magnifies critical thought-leadership across all media platforms, focusing on prevention education, ethics, and media literacy.

The impetus for Ms. Wing’s journey began after she published her debut novel The Art of Social War (HarperCollins) in 2008.  She reverse-engineered and reinterpreted Sun Tzu’s classic “The Art of War” into a modern-day Art of Peace canon, an empowering and dynamic Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) & Preventing Violence & Extremism (PVE) guide for all ‘theaters of engagement,’ from the schoolyard to the workplace.

A graduate of Colgate University, Ms. Wing resides in Los Angeles with her husband.

Mahlet Getachew is Managing Director of Corporate Racial Equity & Legal at PolicyLink, the national research and action institute at the forefront of advancing racial and economic equity across the nation. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Mahlet was General Counsel, Head of HR and Business Operations at Suki AI, Inc., the maker of an AI-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant for physicians, where she managed Suki AI’s legal and compliance functions, HR, finance, and business operations. Previous to that, she was Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary at GoPro, Inc., the maker of wearable and mountable cameras and accessories, where she Co-Chaired GoPro’s Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Council and advised the company on corporate matters, M&A, business development; supported the Company’s Board; oversaw US labor and employment matters; and managed a team that supported GoPro’s marketing, sales and inbound commercial transactions. Prior to GoPro, Mahlet was Corporate Counsel at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a leading provider of EDA and semiconductor IP, where she managed domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Mahlet started her career as a corporate attorney at an international law firm, where she represented large and small tech companies on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters in the software, internet, renewable energy, media, education, and semiconductor industries. She serves on the Board of Aim High, a nonprofit advancing educational equity and access for Bay Area youth through summer enrichment programs. In addition, she teaches “Know Your Rights” courses to youth involved in the juvenile justice system through the Bay Area nonprofit, Fresh Lifelines for Youth. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.