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“The Fabric of Identity," 8th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute

Partner Matthew S. Hellman spoke at the 8th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, sponsored by the American Bar Association and held in Washington, D.C. on June 20-21.  He was a panelist in a program titled “The Fabric of Identity.”  The panel explored the use of identification credentials and identity-related databases in various homeland security applications.  As part of this conversation, panelists discussed the Identity Proofing and Verification (IDPV) Standard Development Project, spearheaded by the North American Security Products Organization, to establish minimum security requirements for security documents.  Matt said that recent Supreme Court decisions that address personal identity and privacy have raised more questions about exactly what defines an individual’s identity and where the line between identification and privacy violation lies, citing Maryland v. King.  He told the audience, “We need to rethink how we understand privacy.  It needs to be questioned now that so much information is unavoidably available.”  Matt’s comments were quoted in a Security Management article titled “Identity Verification and Privacy Issues Debated by Legal Experts.”  

A partner in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, Matt is a litigator who has contributed to several cases tried before the United States Supreme Court and presented numerous arguments in the Courts of Appeals and trial courts.  His cases involve a variety of issues such as intellectual property, entertainment law, and civil liberties.