Chair of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL):
Mark O'Conor, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP
Trustees of the Society for Computers and Law:
Toby Crick, Partner, Bristows LLP
Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Sue McLean, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP
Cynthia O'Donoghue, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Katherine "Katia" Ramo, Associate, Technology, Media, IP and Competition, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Patricia Shaw, CEO, Beyond Reach
SCL Trustee Profile
All SCL Trustees are members of the SCL Board. SCL is a registered educational charity and is also a company limited by guarantee, and therefore SCL Trustees are also Directors of the charity. Being an SCL trustee is rewarding and enjoyable and is a great way to be more involved in the SCL community. The SCL trustees are passionate about tech law and want to help SCL evolve and improve in this exciting and rapidly changing area of law.
SCL’s aims and objectives are as follows:
1. The advancement of education of the public in the fields of:
a) Information technology law and other related legal subjects,
b) Information technology as applied to the practice of law, and
c) the law, by the use of information technology.
2. The promotion of the sound development, administration and knowledge of the law relating to information technology and related legal subjects, both generally and by research and study concerning the same.
The SCL Trustees' meet these objectives via:
• Computers & Law magazine;
• the content of the SCL website www.scl.org;
• events and online training;
• offering free membership to students and trainee lawyers;
• the SCL Tech Law Essentials Programme;
• the furtherance of the SCL University Ambassadors Scheme;
• responding to relevant government initiatives;
• supporting relevant like-minded organisations.
What do the SCL Trustees do?
• Act as a single body
• Ensure SCL has a clear strategy
• Ensure the work and goals of SCL are in line with its objects
• Keep a check on SCL’s finances and activities
• Appoint and support the Chief Executive
• Delegate authority for day to day activities of SCL to the appropriate staff
• Take overall legal responsibility for SCL’s work
• Act in the interests of SCL not themselves
• SCL Trustees are volunteers and are not, generally, paid though they can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses for their involvement as a Trustee
What are the roles and responsibilities of the SCL Trustees?
• Set and maintain SCL’s vision, mission and values
• Develop SCL’s strategy
• Establish and monitor SCL’s policies
• Ensure compliance with SCL’s objects
• Ensure accountability
• Ensure compliance with the law
• Maintain proper fiscal oversight
• Support the Chief Executive
• Set up SCL’s employment procedures
• Respect the role of SCL staff
• Maintain effective Board performance
• Promote SCL
• Represent SCL at external events
What is the eligibility criteria for an SCL Trustee?
• Continuous membership of SCL for at least 5 years at the point of nomination
• A track record of engagement with SCL which may include some or all of the following examples:
The SCL Board of Trustees meets at least 9 times a year.
Fellows of the Society for Computers and Law (FSCL):
Honorary Members if the Society for Computers and Law:
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