The 2015 Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series


Cybersecurity concerns are no longer limited to Silicon Valley computer engineers or mysterious government offices—they touch virtually every U.S. citizen in some form, whether through online banking or by simply shopping at Target. The recent data breaches of Anthem Insurance, Ashley Madison, and the Office of Personnel Management compromised the confidential information of tens of millions of American citizens. What is the best way to prevent further hacks and address privacy concerns? How can we protect our digital lives? This year’s Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series will bring together the nation’s leading experts on data security, national security, and internet policy to discuss these and other concerns surrounding cybersecurity.

“Cybersecurity and our Digital Lives: A Policy Discussion” will be held Monday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Reitz Grand Ballroom, located at 686 Museum Road, Gainesville, Florida 32611. The lecture is sponsored by the Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series and is presented by the Florida Law Review. The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at the Reitz parking garage as well as in the parking lot at the intersection of Museum Road and Center Drive.

The Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series was endowed by Betty K. Poucher, Elizabeth Poucher Reynolds, and Allen L. Poucher, Jr. in honor of Allen L. Poucher Senior. A humanitarian who lived a life dedicated to service, Allen L. Poucher Sr. graduated from UF Law in 1942 and practiced law for more than 60 years. The Poucher Legal Education Series seeks to provide a venue for prominent legal, political, and business leaders to discuss important issues facing our nation and world today. It has featured distinguished panelists such as former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, five former Florida governors, a former CIA spy, a four-star general, and numerous legal scholars.

Media inquiries can be directed to Florida Law Review Executive Symposium Editors Jared Gaylord and Krista MacKay at or at 352-273-0670.

For more details or to submit a question to the panelists, please visit the Florida Law Review’s website at or contact the office at 352-273-0670.

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About the panelists

Erik Cabetas

Mr. Erik Cabetas is the Managing Partner and founder of Include Security, an application security assessment consultancy based in New York City. Prior to founding Include Security, Mr. Cabetas ran an E-Commerce security team and worked as a security consultant for various software vendors. He has also served as a hacking consultant for movies produced by Sony Pictures and MGM Studios. Mr. Cabetas is a frequent cybersecurity analyst for news programs such as Bloomberg Television and the Huffington Post. He had spoken publicly at dozens of conferences and universities. Most recently he was a featured speaker at Blackhat Europe, and one of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world.

Andrea Castillo

Ms. Andrea Castillo is the Program Manager of the Technology Policy Program for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Ms. Castillo studied economics and political science at Florida State University. After graduation, she began researching how technology influences economics and public policy for the Mercatus Center. Ms. Castillo’s research focuses on the interaction of public policy with technology and the internet. In 2013, her book “Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers,” a software currency guide for lawmakers, was published. Recently, Ms. Castillo has written extensively on cybersecurity issues, in particular the pending Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). In addition to her research published through the Mercatus Center, Ms. Castillo frequently contributes to online news sites such as and The Daily Caller. She has also been interviewed on television programs such as Capital Insider and Business Insider.

Professor Danny W. Davis

Professor Danny Davis is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Program at Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service. Prior to becoming a professor at Texas A&M, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Davis had an illustrious 21-year career with the United States Army. During his time in the Army, Dr. Davis served in a variety of command and staff positions, was an instructor at the US Army’s Infantry School, and was awarded the Bronze Star. After retiring from the military, Dr. Davis used his security expertise as an instructor with the Department of Defense and Texas A&M. Dr. Davis’s current areas of expertise and research include homeland security, terrorism, and cybersecurity.

Dr. Aaron F. Brantly

Dr. Aaron Brantly is a Professor with the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Social Sciences and the Army Cyber Institute. Dr. Brantly received his Master’s in Public Policy from American University and his doctorate in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Georgia. Dr. Brantly’s current research and teaching focuses on how technology affects democracy and national security, specifically, how and why state and non-state actors employ cyber tools and techniques rather than conventional weapons. Dr. Brantly has published a number of peer reviewed articles, as well as a chapter in the book “Understanding the Intelligence Cycle.” His book, “The Decision to Attack: Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-Making,” will soon be published by the University of Georgia press. Dr. Brantly has lectured to a number of organizations across the country and has briefed the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Terrorist use of crypto currencies for counter-financing of terror.

Ronald D. Lee

Ronald D. Lee is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he advises and represents clients in national security, cybersecurity and privacy, and government contracts matters. Mr. Lee earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, he graduated with his MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and he graduated with his AB from Princeton University with highest honors. A former General Counsel of the U.S. National Security Agency 1994 to 1998 and Associate Attorney Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice 1998-2000, he helps companies and individuals structure, negotiate, and protect their commercial and compliance relationships with key national security and cybersecurity government agencies and customers. He represents clients in compulsory process and voluntary requests for information; big data and privacy, electronic surveillance and computer crime matters; risk management and corporate governance; and security clearance matters. He has co-authored a book chapter with Paul Schwartz, Technology, Civil Liberties, and National Security, in D. Farber, ed., Security v. Liberty: Conflicts Between Civil Liberties and National Security in American History, and has co-authored articles on data mining and counterterrorism in the University of Chicago Law Review and the Michigan Law Review.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adviser to the ALI’s Project, Principles of the Law, Data Privacy.

Katrina Ane Blodgett

Katrina Ane Blodgett is a staff attorney with the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection, at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Blodgett investigates and prosecutes violations of U.S. federal laws governing the privacy and security of consumer information, as well as violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  Ms. Blodgett has worked on the Time Warner Cable, Upromise, and RockYou cases.  In addition to case work, Ms. Blodgett has served as Counsel to the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, providing guidance and advice on advertising and financial product and service issues, and a rotation in the FTC’s Office of International Affairs, where she participated in the privacy work of the OECD and the anti-spam work of the London Action Plan.

Before joining the Federal Trade Commission staff, Ms. Blodgett was an associate with Arnold & Porter, LLP in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Blodgett clerked for the Hon. Priscilla Owen at the Texas Supreme Court and the Hon. Royce C. Lamberth at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.



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