Jan 242012
 

Former Internet professional/webmaster now assisting clients with legal issues related to the digital age. Particular expertise in those issues affecting Internet intermediaries, as well as experience with copyright/intellectual property, free speech, privacy, and other innovation policy matters.


Thanks to an early interest in journalism and mass media that morphed into a career in technology, and an equally long-standing idealistic streak, Cathy is now a lawyer specializing in the convergence of technology and civil liberties. Areas of practice include advocacy and counsel related to copyright/intellectual property, free speech, privacy, and other innovation policy matters, with a particular focus on how these issues interact with Internet intermediary platforms and how the law affecting platforms also affects the public.

Prior to becoming a lawyer Cathy worked as a webmaster in Silicon Valley and France. In most of her positions she sat at the intersection of engineering and marketing, translating the needs of both into this new Internet-based communications medium and ultimately managing web resources entirely. Despite the satisfaction of working hands-on with these new technologies to create new products and services, she decided to switch gears and go to law school when she became alarmed by the state of the law surrounding technology use and development. People who did not understand how technology worked or how people used it were nonetheless regulating it. She understood both, not only from her professional experience but also her from her mass communications and sociology double major at the University of California at Berkeley, where her honors thesis was on Internet adoption patterns by university undergraduates. She became a lawyer, earning her J.D. at Boston University, in order to help ensure that innovation and the public interest could be best protected.