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Legal Bootcamp for Mobile Developers

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RSVP Required - Innovation continues to skyrocket in the mobile space, but many developers don't realize that they're creating apps against a complex -- and often murky -- legal backdrop. This presentation will identify and discuss some of the key legal issues mobile developers should know about. We'll discuss the laws that apply to activities like jailbreaking devices, reverse engineering code, transmitting and storing user information, and intercepting communications. We'll also talk about practical steps you can take to reduce your risk so that you can go about your work with less potential for legal trouble.


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Charles Mudd Jr Principal & Attorney Mudd Law Offices

Charles Lee Mudd Jr. has operated his own law firm, Mudd Law Offices, since 2001. In the last eleven years, the firm has grown to become an internationally recognized diversified practice providing representation to a clientele comprised of local, national, and international individuals, entrepreneurs, and business organizations, particularly focused on Internet and emerging technology issues.

Prior to starting his own firm, Charles worked for Cummings & Lockwood, a full-service, mid-sized law firm, in its Stamford, Connecticut office practicing in its commercial litigation and emerging technologies groups. His tenure at Cummings & Lockwood followed a one-year clerkship with a United States District Court Judge in Bridgeport, Connecticut and a two-year clerkship with the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Indiana.

For more than twelve years, Charles has been significantly involved in Internet and technology-related transactional matters and litigation throughout the United States at both the trial and appellate levels. In addition to appearing before federal circuit courts, he filed a writ for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court seeking resolution of the Circuit conflict on the appropriate standard for determining personal jurisdiction in Internet related litigation. He has also been involved in drafting legislation seeking amendments to the Illinois eavesdropping statute as well as other Internet related matters.

Apart from practicing law, Charles active participates in the legal community. He currently serves as Chair for the Intellectual Property Section of the Illinois State Bar Association; Vice-Chair of the Social Media & Gaming Committee for International Technology Law Association; and as a member of the Utah State Bar’s Cyberlaw Section. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois where he has taught privacy and technology courses, and he guest lectures at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Civically, he is a board member for the Historic Park City Alliance in Park City, Utah.

Most recently, Charles founded and serves as the co-host for Startup Radio, an online radio station providing business and legal information about startups and entrepreneurs.

Charles obtained his B.A. in philosophy (1990) and M.A. in political science (1994) from Purdue University, and obtained his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1997.

Charles was admitted to the Indiana State Bar in 1997, the Illinois State Bar in 1998, the Connecticut State Bar in 2000, and the Utah State Bar in 2007. Charles is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States as well as the Sixth and Seventh Circuits of the United States Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to the trial bar of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He is also admitted to the bars of the Northern District of Indiana, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Florida, the District of Colorado, and the District of Utah.

Marcia Hofmann Sr Staff Attorney Electronic Frontier Foundation

Marcia Hofmann is a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on a broad range of civil liberties issues including computer security, electronic privacy, free expression, and copyright. She is also a non-residential fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She tweets about law and technology issues at @marciahofmann.

Marcia currently focuses on computer crime and EFF's Coders' Rights Project, which promotes innovation and protects the rights of curious tinkerers and researchers in their cutting-edge exploration of technology. Before that, Marcia co-founded EFF's open government litigation project. Documents made public though her government transparency work have been reported by the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Fox News, and CNN, among others.

Prior to joining EFF, Marcia was staff counsel and director of the Open Government Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Dayton School of Law.