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Ruth Hill Bro

Ruth Hill Bro

Privacy attorney, speaker, and author
Terre Haute, IN, USA


Ruth Hill Bro (Chicago, IL) has focused her legal career on advising companies on privacy and information management strategy, global compliance, electronic workplace, and e-business issues. She has been featured as a speaker on these topics by corporations (retained for in-house training), industry groups, universities, and bar and trade associations over 160 times. She has over 90 published works on these topics, including 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). She also is a contributing author to The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals (ABA; 2013) and Data Breach and Encryption Handbook (ABA; 2011).

Ruth is a longstanding leader in the American Bar Association (ABA), where she is known for her contributions on privacy, data security, and technology issues. Ruth chairs the Membership and Diversity Committee of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, where she served as Section Chair from 2008-2009 and founded and chaired the E-Privacy Law Committee from 2000-2005. Since 2014, she has served on the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, a presidential commission established to improve access to, and delivery of, legal services in the United States. Ruth served two three-year terms on the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (the second as Chair), three years as a liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, and three years as a member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.

Ruth has served on numerous advisory and editorial boards, including The SciTech Lawyer, DataGuidance (U.S. Panel of Experts), Internet Law & Strategy, BNA’s Privacy & Security Law Report, The Privacy & Data Protection Legal Reporter (Executive Editor/Chairman of the Board of Editors), and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She also has served on the boards of Art Encounter, a visual arts organization, and Kapture, a new music group.

Ruth has been recognized as a leader by numerous organizations, and 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, Legaltech News, BNA’s Privacy & Security Law Report, Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC. She won New York Law Journal’s 2006 fiction contest for her short story, Privilege.

Before getting her J.D. from the University of Chicago, Ruth had a successful career in major gifts fundraising for seven years at Northwestern University, where she earned her B.A. in English and Political Science. She started her legal career at McBride Baker & Coles (later part of 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.

Contact: (630) 926-1273; ruth.hill.bro@gmail.com

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