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Abigail Abraham

AOL Inc
Assistant General Counsel
Dulles, VA, USA


Abigail Abraham is an assistant general counsel in the Public Safety and Criminal Investigations Division within AOL’s Legal Department. She oversees criminal investigations that affect AOL; manages the criminal and civil compliance; is law enforcement liaison; and handles other matters, including policy and legislation, pertaining to criminal law and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, that affect AOL and its subsidiaries and properties.  She came to AOL from her position as an assistant attorney general in the High Tech Crimes Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where she was responsible for prosecuting computer and technology-related crimes, designing and offering training, and working on legislation. Prior to her position as an AAG, she was an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County for over 8 years where, in her last position, she was in Special Prosecutions working on high tech crimes.

Ms. Abraham was awarded her J.D. in 1992 from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was also an editor for the law review.  She clerked for one year on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before she joined the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Abraham has taught computer crime legal issues nationwide for both the public and private sectors and was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School for ten years, teaching Criminal Justice and Cyberlaw. She wrote “Cyber Forensics and the Legal System” in Cyber Forensics: A Field Manual for Collecting, Examining, and Preserving Evidence of Computer Crimes, Albert J. Marcella, Jr. and Robert S. Greenfield (eds.) (2002), and was a designer of a cybercrime training package available on CD (Prosecuting Cases That Involve Computers). She has also collaborated on Digital Evidence in the Courtroom (US Department of Justice 2007); Tools and Techniques in the Investigation of Digital Evidence (US Department of Justice 2006); and Electronic Crime Scene Investigation, A Guide for First Responders (US Department of Justice 2001). 

Ms. Abraham has also had a career in law enforcement. She was a trooper for the Illinois State Police, until she was promoted to detective.  In 1986, she started and later ran, the Computer Crime Unit.  While there, she drafted portions of the Illinois Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  She was one of the curriculum designers of a computer crime class taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. From late 1998 to early 2000 she took a leave of absence from prosecuting to re-activate the Computer Crime Unit for the Illinois State Police (ISP), serving as bureau chief of the ISP Computer Crimes Investigations Bureau.  Her responsibilities included providing assistance with investigative, forensic and prosecutorial issues throughout the state, and administering an Internet Crimes Against Children grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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