LEGAL TECH Series to Bring Expertise, Experience to Evolving Roles of IT and Law

Education and best practice forums will kick off with BYOD on April 25th; following topics to include cloud computing, internships, non-competes, and biotech compliance and regulation.

Providence, RI, April 20, 2013 --( Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s IT and Bioscience industry association, introduces its 2013 LEGAL TECH series. The series will bring expertise and experience to offer education and best practices surrounding the evolving role of technology in business and how to ensure legal understanding and compliance. The LEGAL TECH series is sponsored by the law firm of Duffy & Sweeney, LTD.

The first in a series of five forums will discuss Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), including data retention and security, the pros and cons of implementing a BYOD policy, and the laws and regulations implicated by such policies. The session will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Rhode Island Foundation.

Future LEGAL TECH forums will feature: cloud computing, internships, non-competes and assignment of inventions, and biotech compliance and regulation.

“As technology continues to play an increasingly central role in business and productivity, the lines of personal and professional become blurry, as do the lines of technology and legal liabilities,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of Tech Collective. “While the industry has not yet written the definitive handbook on law and IT, the LEGAL TECH series, with the knowledge and leadership of Duffy & Sweeney, aims to offer some clarity and best practices surrounding these issues.”

For more information, upcoming sessions, and to attend the LEGAL TECH series forums, visit

About the 2013 LEGAL TECH Series:
It’s a regulated world out there, especially at the intersection of IT and the law. Don’t go it alone. Tech Collective’s LEGAL TECH series of breakfast seminars, sponsored with the law firm of Duffy & Sweeney, is designed to address the most compelling legal issues that impact technology. Moderated by Chuck Schmidt, a partner in the IP and technology law practice, the seminars will offer big-picture insight and best-practices as well as answers to your specific questions. Session topics will address BYOD, cloud computing, internships, non-competes, and bio-tech compliance. For more information and to attend, visit

About Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at, on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI), Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Linkedin (Tech Collective).

Contact: Giselle Mahoney
Manager of Communications & Media Relations | Tech Collective
401-829-8321 |
Tech Collective
Giselle Mahoney, Manager of Communications and Media Relations
401-521-7805 x101