June 4, 2018                         June e-Newsletter 
Meet Our Summer Interns
CAC is excited to present our group of interns for the summer. One fellow, four legal interns, and four high school interns will be joining us this summer. Get to know them by reading about them below and stop by to meet them in person. They will be working on exciting projects that they'll share at our open house in late July— stay tuned for details! 
Joseph Hawkins,   Fellow
Joseph is from Memphis, TN and a 2018 graduate of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. At Northwestern, he was involved with The Federalist Society, Law Students for Life, the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, and the Journal for International Law and Business. 

Before law school, Joseph graduated with a BA in English, Philosophy, and Political Science from Baylor University and a MA in International Relations from The American University in Cairo. He worked as an educator in China and a high-school principal in Colombia. This fall he will begin working in the Banking & Finance group at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. 
Charlotte Coats, Law Intern
Charlotte was born and raised in Lombard, Illinois. She is a rising 2L student at DePaul University College of Law with interests in poverty law and employment law. Charlotte is a fellow at the DePaul Center for Public Interest Law and has volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and the Center for Disability and Elder Law.

Charlotte graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2017 with a degree in English Literature. During her junior year, she interned with Prairie State Legal Services, where she worked primarily on cases involving evictions and Orders of Protection.
Matthew McLawhorn , Law Intern
Matthew is from Hometown, Illinois and was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. He is a rising 2L student at Northern Illinois University College of Law, attending as a recipient of a Presidential scholarship award. Matthew is specifically interested in governmental affairs, as well as business law. He is also a proud member of the Delta Theta Phi chapter at NIU Law.
Before law school, Matthew attended Fordham University, obtaining a degree in History and a minor in English. Some of his favorite extracurricular hobbies are watching sports (go White Sox!), reading, attending concerts, and playing golf when the Chicago weather allows.   
Justin Miner, Law Intern
Justin was born and raised in Channahon, Illinois. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2017 with a degree in choral music education. Justin is a rising 2L at The University of Alabama School of Law. His interests include reading, traveling, and music.
Bryant L. Roby Jr, Law Intern
Bryant was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He is a rising 2L at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Bryant was elected President of the Black Law Students Association. He will be joining the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society next year.

Before law school he received his BA from the University of Mount Union, and his Master’s Degree from Mercyhurst University.
Emily Dow, High School Intern
Emily Dow is a rising junior at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. She is involved with cello, speech team, and community service. Emily first became interested in government and legal issues while taking a government and politics class this past school year. She wants to look closer into local government responsibilities and promoting citizen involvement.
Emily Greetis, High School Intern
Emily is a rising senior at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, where her interest in law grew from joining the mock trial team on a whim her sophomore year. Her interest in advocacy originates from a desire to address the diverse concerns of her community, which has always inspired her to view the world through perspectives other than her own. She is excited to work at CAC this summer to turn her desire into a reality. In the future, Emily hopes to become a human rights or immigration lawyer.
Sarina Upadhye, High School Intern
Sarina Upadhye will be entering her senior year at Hinsdale Central High School. She has been involved with many volunteering activities and has taken a strong interest in learning about the democratic process. Growing up around the law has influenced her college and career options and she hopes to further her interest through this internship. 
Myra Namojlik , High School Intern
Myra lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois and will be entering her senior year at Rolling Meadows High school this fall. She has always been interested in law and the democratic process. She explored international politics by starting a Model United Nations Club at her school and hopes to learn more about the political science field through this internship. 

BIPA, Facebook, and You: Does this IL Law Reasonably Protect User Privacy or Unreasonably Prevent Company Innovation?
DATE: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Citizen Advocacy Center, 182 N. York St., Elmhurst, IL 60126
Join us as our PILI fellow, Joseph Hawkins, leads a forum to inform you of your privacy rights as an Illinois resident. Come and be more informed about where you stand!

Here's a little background:

In 2008, the Illinois legislature passed The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The law prohibits the collection, capture, and purchase of user identification such as fingerprints and facial geometry, unless certain conditions are met. Beyond covering these areas, it gives private citizens the right to sue any private company who are "aggrieved" from statutory violations. Illinois is the only state in the country with this right of suit over biometric information. 
Is this a case of onerous rules hampering for-profit companies? After all, Chicago wants to get the Amazon HQ2, and Amazon is a pioneer in new biometric technologies. Or is this a case of reasonable government action from legislators to protect the data of their constituents? As the Facebook scandal has shown, the misuse of user data will foment public outrage. The Illinois legislature is considering changes to the legislation, and companies are being sued across the country.
Citizen Advocacy Center | Phone: 630-833-4080 | Email | Website
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