The Computer Law Association records document the organization from 1982 to 2005. The CLA was created in 1971 to provide a
forum for lawyers practicing or interested in computer and telecommunications law to network, share information, and discuss
current legal developments related to the high-tech field. It changed its name in 2006 to the International Technology Law
Association, or ITechLaw. The collection contains conference materials, books, and periodicals published by the CLA, with
the majority of material consisting of proceedings and promotional flyers for CLA-organized conferences and seminars. The
collection also contains legal publications that were collected, but not published, by the CLA.
The Computer Law Association (CLA), initially called the Computer Lawyers Group, was founded in 1971 by seven lawyers practicing
or interested in computer law. Its purpose was to provide a forum for those in the technology legal field to network, share
information, and discuss current legal developments related to computers and telecommunications. They began holding regular
meetings on the East Coast, and the organization quickly grew in size. In 1973, the group was incorporated into the nonprofit
Computer Law Association. The CLA held several national and international conferences each year, including its annual Computer
Law Update (later the World Computer and Internet Law Congress), conducted workshops, and also published periodicals and reports
on computer law. As international membership grew, the CLA changed its name in 2006 to the International Technology Law Association,
12.5 Linear feet,
10 record cartons
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