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Ruth Hill Bro

Ruth Hill Bro

Privacy and cybersecurity attorney
Terre Haute, IN, USA


Ruth Hill Bro (Chicago) has focused her legal career on advising companies on privacy and information management strategy, global compliance, the electronic workplace, and e-business. She has been featured as a speaker on these issues over 160 times (including serving on the Planning Committee in 2016 and 2017 for the ABA’s first Internet of Things (IoT) National Institutes) and has over 90 published works on these topics. These works include The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook (contributing author, 2013, ABA), Data Breach and Encryption Handbook (two chapters, 2011, ABA), The E-Business Legal Arsenal: Practitioner Agreements and Checklists (Editor, 2004, ABA); Internet in the Workplace: Managing Organizational Access (designed and taught one-day course throughout the U.S. and co-authored book, 1997, Software Publishers Association); Online Law (five chapters, 1996, Addison-Wesley); and her column CPO Corner: Interviews with Leading Chief Privacy Officers (2005-present, published in The SciTech Lawyer magazine).

Ruth is a longstanding leader in the American Bar Association (ABA), where she serves as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, the ABA Board of Governors Communications Task Force, the ABA E-Mail Stakeholder Committee, and the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force (Co-Vice Chair). Ruth served two three-year terms on the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (the second term as Chair), three years as a liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, three years as a member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, and two years on the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, a two-year presidential commission established to improve access to, and delivery of, legal services in the U.S. Ruth also is a leader in the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech), where she serves as a Special Advisor to the Chairs of the Privacy, Security, and Emerging Technology Division and served as 2008-2009 Section Chair, Membership and Diversity Committee Chair (2009-2016), and E-Privacy Law Committee Founder and Chair (2000-2005).

Ruth has served on many of the top advisory/editorial boards in the privacy, data security, and technology field (including The SciTech Lawyer, DataGuidance (U.S. Panel of Experts), Internet Law & Strategy, The Privacy & Data Protection Legal Reporter (Executive Editor/Chairman of the Board of Editors), and BNA’s Privacy & Security Law Report) in addition to the boards of two arts organizations and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She has been recognized as a leader by numerous organizations, including for four consecutive years in Ethisphere Institute’s annual list of Attorneys Who Matter (data privacy/security). Her views have been noted by the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, ABA Journal, National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, BNA Privacy & Security Law Report, Legaltech News, Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC.

Ruth started her legal career at McBride Baker & Coles (now Holland & Knight) and then spent nearly a decade at Baker & McKenzie, where she was a partner in the Chicago office and founding North American member of the firm’s Global Privacy Steering Committee. Before getting her J.D. from the University of Chicago, Ruth had a successful career in major gifts fundraising at Northwestern University, where she earned her B.A. in English and Political Science. She won first place in New York Law Journal’s fiction contest for her short story, Privilege, and before that second place in Chicago Lawyer’s fiction contest for her short story, Her Father’s Daughter.

Ruth Hill Bro is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Latest Insights from Privacy and Data Security Regulators - Eighteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Thursday, June 15, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Nineteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Monday, June 11, 2018, Chicago, IL
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