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Applying Old Laws to New Crimes: Practical and Ethical Considerations” CLE Program

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Seth Berman, JD `95
Law School Alumni Affairs

You are cordially invited to a Cornell Law School digital Continuing
Legal Education presentation.

“Applying Old Laws to New Crimes: Practical and Ethical Considerations”
Join Seth Berman, JD '95, as he discusses how prosecutors and defense attorneys use preexisting laws to address new kinds of crimes and explores the ethical pitfalls of doing so by using the Sergey Aleynikov prosecutions as an example. Aleynikov was a programmer at Goldman Sachs who was arrested after he allegedly stole the source code for Goldman Sachs’ high speed trading program and brought it to a new employer. Aleynikov was initially charged with violations of the Federal Economic Espionage Act, National Stolen Property Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Though he was convicted after a jury trial, his conviction was later reversed by the Second Circuit, which held that his conduct had not violated the relevant statutes. He was subsequently prosecuted again for the same conduct by the NY County DA’s office, which charged him under a NY state statute, written long before the widespread adoption of computers.
Thursday, January 21, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00PM
Attendees will be eligible to receive 1 NY CLE credit in the area of Ethics. This program is appropriate for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

Seth Berman, JD '95
Partner, Nutter, McClennen and Fish
Seth Berman is a partner at Nutter, McClennen and Fish in Boston, and a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard Law School, where he teaches Cyber Crime Law and Procedure. Seth leads Nutter’s Privacy and Data Security practice group and is a member of the firm’s White Collar defense practice group. Corporations and their boards engage Seth to address the legal, technical and strategic aspects of data privacy and cybersecurity risk, and to prepare for and respond to data breaches, hacking and other cyber attacks. Seth also represents clients in white collar criminal matters, and has particular expertise in conducting cross-border internal investigations and in the data privacy implications of such matters. Prior to joining Nutter, Seth led the Boston, New York and Washington offices of Stroz Friedberg. He also spent six years in London as the head of Stroz Friedberg’s international practice. Earlier in his career, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts.
Please register ON-LINE by Tuesday, January 19. Should you have any questions,
please email
You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.