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Advancing Cyber Dignity 2021: Teaching Pro Bono Digital Age Law for Teens and Promoting Compliance


Speaker(s): Angela Alvarado, Carrie M. LeRoy, D. Barnaby Gibson, Leigh Checchio, Mahlet Getachew, Shireen A. Barday
Recorded on: Nov. 9, 2021
PLI Program #: 304331

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.


Barnaby Gibson is the Senior Director, Legal at ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE: NOW), a leading enterprise software company that is focused on using automated workflows and AI to make the world of work, work better for people.  At ServiceNow, Barnaby is responsible for the legal aspects of mergers & acquisitions, venture capital investments, and other strategic transactions, investments, and financings.

Prior to ServiceNow, Barnaby was at Skadden, handling complex transactions for some of the world's best-known companies, investment banks, and private equity funds.

In the not-for-profit/educational sector, he served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff of ITHAKA, a technology incubator that is the home of JSTOR and playing an important role as technology transforms research and universities.

During the dot-com years, he helped Davis Polk, another top law firm, in its efforts to establish a successful Menlo Park-based office.

Barnaby graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, and served as law clerk to Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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.


Leigh Checchio (she/her) is the General Counsel of The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. As General Counsel, she oversees all legal issues and considerations at The Trevor Project, including corporate governance, nonprofit compliance, marketing and advertising compliance, technology and data privacy matters, employment and people-related legal matters, all contracts from vendor agreements to corporate partnership agreements, and litigation.

Prior to joining The Trevor Project, Leigh was the Deputy General Counsel at Droga5, an award-winning advertising agency. There, she managed all legal subject matter areas, including corporate, advertising, and HR matters. Before that, Leigh started her legal career at White & Case in the intellectual property transactions group. Leigh is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School, and spent time studying abroad at Oxford University.


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.


Shireen A. Barday is a litigation partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she litigates general commercial issues ranging from fraud to fiduciary duties.  For example, earlier this year, Shireen successfully obtained a rarely granted mandatory TRO on an emergency basis, forcing a business partner of her client to turn its call center back on so that Medicare patients would be able to get to dialysis and other appointments for life sustaining treatments.  Shireen had argued, and the court found compelling, that the business partner had wrongfully purported to terminate its contract in the middle of inclement winter weather across the country in order to try to retread the deal it cut with her client. 

Shireen maintains an active pro bono practice focused on transgender rights, post-conviction relief, and First Amendment rights.  She regularly partners with The Trevor Project in connection with federal litigation across the country.  She also presently represents a journalist in federal litigation, who was wrongfully arrested, charged and detained for reporting on a Black Lives Matter protest in New Jersey.  Shireen has been recognized for her pro bono contributions; for example, every year she has been in private practice, Shireen has been awarded The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for her work in the area of post-conviction relief. 

Shireen is a member of the board of directors of off-Broadway theater Primary Stages and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and she serves on Consilio’s Advisory Panel for Diversity and Inclusion.  Shireen is a graduate of Barnard College and Stanford Law School, and she clerked for the Honorable Colleen McMahon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.