Theft of Trade Secrets: The Economic Espionage Act, China Initiative, and Silicon Valley

This article was originally published in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s White Collar Crime issue of The Champion, available here. Prosecutions alleging theft of trade secrets have been creeping upward since 2009. White collar practitioners...

What is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

Background In 1986, Congress enacted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA. The Act, codified in 18 U.S.C. § 1030, criminalizes unauthorized access of “any protected computer.” A “protected computer” is a “computer used in or affecting interstate or foreign...

Criminal Justice Reform in California: Five Bills That Could Dramatically Change the Golden State’s Criminal Law Landscape

In 2018, California ushered in a new era of criminal justice; both the cash bail system and the felony murder rule were abolished with the stroke of then-Governor Jerry Brown’s pen. Not to be outdone, state legislators have introduced 2,628 bills since December 2018....