At the intersection of law
Loyola prepares students for rapidly expanding opportunities
Greg Leighton (JD ’06), a partner at the Chicago firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, didn’t start his career as a data privacy lawyer. He began as a patent attorney, shifted to intellectual property (IP) litigation, and eventually moved into the world of privacy law.
“Data privacy, cybersecurity, information governance—anything that involves how data flows inside or between companies falls within the gambit of my practice,” Leighton says. “Everyone’s got data and everyone’s trying to figure out what to do with their data.”
Leighton and fellow alum Jennifer Woods (JD ’10), marketing and data privacy counsel at The Kraft Heinz Company, have joined forces to share the fundamentals of data privacy with today’s Loyola law students. Leighton had long served as a Loyola adjunct professor, teaching an IP-focused course in advocacy. Cynthia Ho, the Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor and director of Loyola’s IP program, encouraged Leighton and Woods to use their expertise to design and co-teach a new course dedicated to privacy law.
The way the new course came together illustrates how Loyola stays on the cutting edge of legal education. “Loyola’s always been great at keeping an eye on the legal market,” says Ho. “A big part of that is staying in close touch with our alums. They give us a better sense of what’s happening and how to respond.”
Designed for legal and non-legal professionals, Loyola’s Certificate in Privacy Law focuses on domestic and international privacy law and compliance.