Temple University School of Law
Amelia H. Boss
January 5, 2000
Dear Mr. Clark:
During the last ten years, I have been closely involved in advancing the emerging law of electronic commerce. As a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law regarding electronic commerce law reform, as an informal advisor to the Department of Commerce General Counsel Andrew Pinkus on electronic commerce policy, and as the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law, I have had the opportunity to observe the escalation of privacy as an essential issue to be resolved in building the legal and policy framework for electronic commerce. In addition, I have worked with scores of individuals in the United States and around the world among the technology, business and legal communities. It is from this perspective of experience that it is my pleasure to nominate Mr. Jeffrey B. Ritter of Washington, DC to serve on the Advisory Committee on On-line Access and Security.
During the last twelve years, Mr. Ritter has emerged as one of our pioneers in shaping electronic commerce law and policy. Currently, he serves of counsel to the national law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, where he is the co-chair of their electronic commerce practice. Mr. Ritter's legal practice involves virtually all aspects of electronic commerce, including serving many industry sectors in which the implementation of appropriate privacy protections has been a central focus of his recent work, including financial services, health care, international trade, and human resources.
In response to the criteria identified by the Commission in requesting nominations, allow me to briefly highlight why I believe Mr. Ritter would be a valued member of the Advisory Committee:
I have enclosed a more detailed CV on Mr. Ritter's professional record. However, with respect to privacy, his strongest value to the Advisory Committee may be his actual, direct experience in developing suitable privacy protections for real businesses. During the last year, Mr. Ritter has directed numerous privacy projects for clients that are both multinational corporations and new start-ups. He is closely familiar with the work of trustE and BBOn-line and fully appreciates the complexities of implementing compliant business practices around existing legal requirements. If asked to serve on the Advisory Committee, I am confident Mr. Ritter will be an effective voice for understanding the practical implications of implementing privacy within the existing business structures of America=s established institutional corporations.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.