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Guide to the Computer Law Association records
X3864.2007  
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Description
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.
Background
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, or ITechLaw.
Extent
12.5 Linear feet, 10 record cartons
Restrictions
The Computer History Museum (CHM) can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claims of the copyright holder. Requests for copying and permission to publish, quote, or reproduce any portion of the Computer History Museum’s collection must be obtained jointly from both the copyright holder (if applicable) and the Computer History Museum as owner of the material.
Availability
The collection is open for research.