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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Teams With Rutgers–Newark Law School and Seton Hall Law for Cybersecurity Law Project

September 03, 2010 – 

Citing the need for lawyers and law enforcement professionals to keep pace with the increased prevalence and sophistication of cybercrime, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has partnered with Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Seton Hall Law School’s Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology to bring specialized training in cybersecurity to both law students and practicing attorneys.

 Cybersecurity launch  
Pictured at the reception to announce the Cybersecurity Law Project are (l-r): Stephen J. Taylor, Criminal Justice Director, Office of the New Jersey Attorney General; Dean Patrick E. Hobbs, Seton Hall Law; Rutgers–Newark Law School Vice Dean Greg Mark; and John L. Molinelli, Bergen County Prosecutor.
The initial offering of the partnership, a 13-week course on Cybersecurity Law held at Seton Hall Law School, was made available to both Seton Hall and Rutgers–Newark law students as well as prosecutors throughout the state and agents of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security. Rutgers–Newark Law School will offer a seminar on Cybercrimes in Spring 2011, while Seton Hall Law will offer a course on Computer Crimes Practice at that time.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli stated: “Cybercrime is a local, national and international problem of the first priority. Damages amount to billions of dollars, threatening national and state security with economic and terroristic threats to medical and personal privacy, and predation upon the young and defenseless. We need to work together to ensure the collective safety and privacy of our citizens — and to assure the continued expertise of our security professionals, attorneys and future attorneys. This program will help make that happen.”

In addition to courses on Cybersecurity Law and Computer Crimes Practice, the project includes a Spring 2011 conference, which will be free of charge to the legal and academic communities; a portal website which will function as an up-to-date electronic compendium of applicable state and federal law and regulations; and for students, internships in the field.

Dean of Rutgers–Newark Law School John J. Farmer, Jr. said “We are very pleased to be a partner in this project. It will give students and attorneys the chance to fully immerse themselves in an important and emerging area of the law, and in fieldwork which will solidify that training for our students.” Dean Patrick E. Hobbs of Seton Hall Law agreed, stating, “This is a tremendous opportunity for academics, attorneys and law students to come together and learn from each other while devising solutions to our common problems involving law, science and technology. It’s exactly why the Gibbons Institute was founded.”