Professional Development Conferences The Business Law Conferences at the University of Maryland School of Law regularly address cutting-edge issues on a variety of business-related topics. Speakers and panelists include nationally recognized lawyers, judges, and scholars active in public and private practice, where legal issues are pervasive and increasingly complex. Past conference topics have included cybersecurity, business arbitration, counterfeiting, social media and the law, the intersection of sports and business, and the impact of the first amendment and American business, among others. Papers by conference speakers also appear in the Business Law Program's journal, The Journal of Business and Technology Law. Past Conferences Bulk Data Collection and Personal PrivacyApril 1, 2016 The Impact of the First Amendment on American BusinessesMarch 25, 2015 The State of Concussions: Protecting Athletes through Advances in Law, Public Health, and ScienceMarch 7, 2014 Social Media & The Law: An Exploratory Look into the Legal Effects of Online InterconnectednessApril 5, 2013 Business Arbitration: Redefining the Landscape of Efficient Business PracticesNovember 2, 2012 Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Information in a Digital AgeMarch 30, 2012 The Intersection of Sports and Business in Today's Legal ArenaOctober 3, 2011 Confronting the Challenges of Counterfeiting in Practice and PolicyMarch 25, 2011 Mentoring The University of Maryland School of Law Business Law Program and the Business Law Society co-sponsor the Business Law Mentoring Initiative. At the heart of this initiative are our students, and its purpose centers on first year law students gaining a better understanding and appreciation for the myriad of activities undertaken in the course of a day by practicing—and non-practicing—lawyers working in the world of business and commerce. By spending the day with alumni and friends who are practicing business lawyers or those who are actively engaged in business, we believe that our law students gain invaluable insight, exposure, and guidance to help them in choosing their law school courses and considering their career options. This initiative is a win-win in that our law students benefit, while our volunteer mentors are given the opportunity to influence and help shape the future legal and business careers of our students. The Business Law Mentoring Initiative typically is held during the spring semester. The initiative has received incredible support from alumni and friends of the law school, with approximately 40 mentors participating in the 2011 initiative. We are very grateful for the tremendous support of all participants, including the organized support we receive from the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Section Council and the Bar Association of Baltimore City Business Law Committee. Practitioner Panels Each academic year we strive to hold a panel discussion with local and national practitioners to give students exposure to "stories from the front lines" about the practice of business law from different perspectives. This event helps students assess their interest in business law and interact professionally with people in their future field. Past panels have addressed the challenges of advising business clients in an economic downturn and the impact of mergers and acquisitions on businesses and their communities. Public Lectures Each academic year we sponsor a public lecture by a nationally-recognized professional in the business law field. This lecture is designed to inform our students, alumni and larger law school community on cutting edge or timely business issues and to offer a forum for dialogue and debate. Past lectures have featured H. David Kotz, Inspector General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Burton B. "Buck" Goldstein, the University Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina.