Wayne Law student appointed vice chair of ABA committee

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Evening law student Hyunjin Eugene Cho of Howell was appointed vice chair of the Privacy and Information Protection Committee, a part of the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

“It is very exciting to see one of our students selected for a leadership role in an ABA committee,” said Tishia Browning, director of employer development at the Law School. “Gene’s highly-specialized background and passion for data security and privacy rights make him a natural fit, and I am excited he will have the opportunity to make a national impact in a highly-specialized and relatively emergent area of law.”

According to the ABA, the committee focuses on the intersection of technology, civil rights and privacy protection. It’s an educational resource for members and advocates for the promotion of privacy, cybersecurity, constitutional rights, and consumer protections through the ABA’s structure.

Cho is in his fifth year as an evening student at Wayne Law and is a legal intern at Relic Law PLLC. He has a significant background in IT architecture, policy development and governance. During his first three years at Wayne Law, he was a senior infrastructure architect for Volks­wagen Group of America, focusing on cybersecurity and information protection of the cloud computing environments. Prior to joining Volkswagen Group, Cho worked for Sun Microsystems/Oracle Corporation as a system support engineer providing on-site support for client’s mission-critical compute environments.

“My area of interest has always been privacy, information protection and cybersecurity law,” said Cho. “It is the reason why I chose to go to law school. Working in the information technology industry and seeing the new technology trends and how they are being leveraged in the global economy, there are many challenges and questions that arise on how information is collected, stored and used.”

According to Cho, the promulgation of the General Data Protection Regulation and California Consumer Privacy Act gives some guidance; however, the issue surrounding the use of personal information is far from settled law. His goal after graduation is to use his knowledge to help clients use these new technologies while maintaining appropriate data privacy policies and controls to minimize the risk associated with collecting and processing protected consumer information.

Cho holds a bachelor’s in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in physics from Northern Illinois University.

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