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Professor Mary Leary Participates in ABA Panel on Cyber Breaches


Catholic University law school Professor Mary Leary was among a half-dozen experts who discussed “Cyber Breaches in Prosecutors’ Offices—What’s Your Action Plan?” at the Seventh Annual Fall Institute of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, held October 23-24 in Washington, D.C. 
She is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and served as deputy chief of the Domestic Violence Unit for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office in Cambridge, MA. Leary also served as an assistant district attorney in the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
The group offered responses to the theoretical scenario:
“A prosecutor's office has been hacked. How does the prosecutor respond? This lively panel discussion will address the myriad of questions raised when there has been a breach and the prosecutor now must deal with inquiries from the defense counsel, counsel for victims and witnesses and the courts.”
Leary’s fellow panelists came from academia, private practice, and government, including a representative from the FBI’s Cyber Law Unit.
Other panel topics covered at this year’s ABA section meeting included Ethics and Professionalism, Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession, and Federal Sentencing Law and Policy.