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"Social media, the first amendment, privacy; the law is so far behind in that trend. Blogs and all of that, that is a constant challenge for me today because everybody wants to talk the way they want to talk and in my job, I'm required to actually surveil peoples' e-mails; I'm required by law. I look for certain words; well, that was ok when people used words. Now when they use 'r u,' I can't surveil that. The privacy issue with kids and MySpace, that whole area of law, think about it; constitutional law was what we learned. There's nothing in constitutional law that we learned 30 years ago, so if you're into that, there's going to be a lot of time. We need that because it's evolutionary.
Globalization—if you think about what happened in the financial markets, the meltdown, it's because there's so much connection and therefore there are a lot of things going on in that arena where every country's financial rules, they're looking at them and comparing them. That's another area- comparative law. Comparative law when it comes to the environment and financial services; those are two big things.
Health—the whole health debate; you may be thinking just about the politics but there's a lot of law behind that. HIPA, all those rights, and think about the things they're talking about from a political perspective—there's a lot of law behind that.
Those are just three areas that are not only specific in terms of thinking outside of the box, but they actually go back to a lot of the fundamentals that are part of the law. Those are just three; that social media one, I don't even want to tackle that one; I'm assigning that to my kids. Just think about it—it's out there before anything has been screened. You think about the things that go on—it's called the social media. There used to be the 6 o'clock news; there's the 24 hour news, there's the instant news now.
I think some of it's great, I think some of the positive things about the technology, I just learned this, the fact that you could text five digits on your phone and the money was in Haiti instantly. But, a lot of people don't realize how much legal work was behind the contractual agreement between the phone companies. There was a lot of legal work that was done in order for that to happen but yet young people, my daughter was one of them, it's like, 'ok mom,' and then I start thinking; well I know what really happened. They had to get into a contract about that, but those are the kinds of things that at the end you see the result is phenomenal. Think about that 20 years ago—could not have happened."