Jill Chasson Addresses Disclosing Pronoun Preferences in Email Signatures for HR Daily Advisor

With gender identity, gender fluidity and transgender rights gaining more public attention in recent years, Jill Chasson wrote an article for BLR’s HR Daily Advisor and Employment Law Letter (West) highlighting factors employers should consider around specifying pronouns in email signatures. Jill addressed the benefits of requiring all employees to add pronouns to their email signatures , including attracting new workers and preventing employees with more ambiguous names from being mistaken for the wrong gender. She also covered why companies might choose to leave it to employees to accommodate nonbinary employees who are reluctant to specify as well as those who have faith-based objections, and shared business reasons why some companies prohibit the practice. Regardless of whether a company opts to require or prohibit pronoun inclusion,...

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PHOENIX Magazine Recognizes 6 Coppersmith Brockelman Attorneys as Top Lawyers

Polling State Bar of Arizona members for their recommendations on the Valley’s most outstanding attorneys, PHOENIX Magazine selected Keith Beauchamp, Kent Brockelman, Jill Chasson, Andy Gordon, Kristen Rosati, and Melissa Soliz for its inaugural Top Lawyers list. Keith handles complex commercial litigation matters in Arizona and around the country. He has extensive experience defending legal malpractice claims and class actions and represents plaintiffs and defendants in all manner of business disputes. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America© since 2008 in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice, and Securities Litigation.  He has been included in Southwest Super Lawyers in the categories of Business Litigation and Securities Litigation for more than 15 years and was recognized as one of “Arizona’s Top 50 Lawyers” in 2011...

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40 Under 40 Honoree Andy Gaona Shares Top Personal & Professional Insights with Phoenix Business Journal

After earning a spot on Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list highlighting the Valley’s most outstanding young executives, Andy Gaona sat down with the paper to discuss his career goals, personal interests and pro bono efforts. In his profile, Andy shared that his most important career goal is to know he made a difference in Arizona. His service with Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest helps him do exactly that. A longtime board member and immediate Past President, he worked to expand the organization’s donor base, enabling better advocacy for vulnerable populations. His other pro bono efforts range from helping refugee farmers recover damages for destroyed crops to helping uncover the mismanagement of child abuse and neglect cases. Asked how he avoids burnout, Andy...

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Kristen Rosati Reviews a Year of Health Law Updates for AHLA’s Annual Meeting

Kristen Rosati Publishes Article on Strategies for Complying with Revised NIH Policies in Harvard Data Science Review

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) revised Data Management and Sharing Policy requires a data sharing plan for all NIH-funded research, triggering compliance challenges amid quickly evolving federal, state, and international privacy standards.  In a special issue of Harvard Data Science Review, Kristen Rosati published an article on adopting strategies for long-term compliance in light of changing laws. In her article, Kristen recommended strategic, long-term data sharing solutions, including using HIPAA’s expert determination method to de-identify data to minimize potential future disconnects in data de-identification standards. Additionally, in light of concerns about whether de-identification of data is sufficient protection of privacy, and in the absence of a federal law prohibiting the re-identification of individuals in de-identified data sets, she recommends utilizing contractual controls on the use...

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Kristen Rosati Outlines Next Steps for Data Privacy Amid Roe v. Wade Reversal in STAT News

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, many women now fear their confidential health records could be used to prosecute them for seeking an abortion in states where it is illegal. Kristen Rosati educated STAT News readers on how both businesses and individuals can protect medical privacy despite HIPAA’s outdated data policies. Kristen explained that HIPAA doesn’t cover many technologies that have emerged since its creation 26 years ago, including devices, apps and online searches that collect sensitive information. HIPAA also does not protect this data from being disclosed to law enforcement. Much of the responsibility to protect women from prosecution, then, will fall on individual companies. For example, she noted, apps could allow users to immediately delete their data,...

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Coppersmith Brockelman Promotes Telemedicine Specialist Marki Stewart to Partner

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Honors Marki Stewart as a Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney

Marki Stewart’s longtime commitment to helping unaccompanied immigrant children find safety and security in the United States earned her recognition as one of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education’s 2022 Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys. Nominated by the Florence Project for more than a decade of involvement with the organization’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, Marki provides pro bono representation, guidance, and support that has a lifelong impact on children under threat of deportation. Currently, Marki represents an 11-year-old orphan from Mexico who traveled to the United States with her older siblings in 2019. She won a Motion to Dismiss the immigration removal proceedings, then obtained a legal guardian for the girl, who is now eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and awaiting approval for Permanent Legal...

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