Journal of Information & Privacy Law

History

The Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law is an international legal publication dedicated to addressing cutting edge topics in information technology and privacy law.  Since its inception, the Journal has continuously evolved to stay abreast of the developments in the legal field.  The Journal’s history originated in California where Mr. Michael D. Scott, the president of the Center for Computer Law in Manhattan Beach, California, created the Software Law Journal.  In 1987 Mr. Scott invited The John Marshall Law School to assume editorial control of the Software Law Journal because of the law school’s commitment to education in the area of information technology law.  The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Information Technology & Privacy Law accepted Mr. Scott’s invitation and assumed editorial control of the Software Law Journal.  Its first publication was issued in January 1988.  In 1994, the Software Law Journal was merged with another publication of the John Marshall Law School, the Computer Law Journal, to create the Journal of Computer & Information Law.

At that time, Professor George Trubow was the director of the Center for Information Technology & Privacy Law, the first LLM program of its kind in the nation. Professor Trubow oversaw the successful publication of the Journal of Computer & Information Law for many years.  Currently, Professor Doris E. Long is the director of the Center for Information Technology & Privacy Law. Publication of the Journal is also under her direction.  Over the years, Professors William B.T. Mock, Jr., David E. Sorkin, Leslie Ann Reis, and Matthew Prince  have played integral roles in the Journal’s process of faculty oversight. These professors have worked closely with the executive editorial board and candidates to continuously improve the Journal.

Under the name of Journal of Computer & Information Law, the Journal published 29 volumes.  The success of the publication and the evolving changes in the legal world has once again given the Journal an opportunity to adopt a new name as it publishes its 30th Volume at the John Marshall Law School—the Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law.  The Journal strives to publish articles that are innovative and introspective.  The articles published by the Journal seek to illuminate, educate, and provide solutions to current problems or emerging issues in the law of information technology and privacy law.  The articles are forward thinking—that is, the articles published by the Journal anticipate problems and emerging issues in the law and provide creative approaches to solving the problems.

The Journal is currently read in over 50 countries and has been recognized as one of the most frequently cited technology journals worldwide.  Articles published in the Journal examine recent developments in information technology and privacy law, including topics such as global commerce, cyber terrorism, social networking, and criminal law.  The Journal publishes both scholarly articles written by legal professionals and comments written by student candidates.