LaJuana Wilcher speaks on privacy rights at conference

by Mandy Hicks

LaJuana Wilcher
LaJuana Wilcher

LaJuana S. Wilcher, a partner at ELPO, gave a keynote presentation recently at the 4th Annual Cyber Security Conference sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The event was held on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28, at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Ky.

LaJuana and her husband, Col. Edwin A. Tivol (Ret.), partnered for the presentation, which addressed the topic “Are We Sacrificing Our Privacy Rights in the Name of National Security?” Tivol is the Founder of CyPhySecurity LLC.

The Kentucky Chamber’s description of the session is below:

What types of privacy are protected under United States law? Have those rights been affected in the aftermath of 9/11? Those questions have become increasingly relevant as National Security agencies seek to protect the United States from terrorists, threat and crimes. This presentation will review U.S. privacy protections; examine the evolution of the National Security complex and surveillance technology; evaluate where surveillance, privacy and National Security collide; describe trends in cyber security threats; and address U.S. efforts to protect both the privacy and security of its people.

About LaJuana Wilcher

LaJuana S. Wilcher is a partner at English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP. During her career, she has been a trial lawyer, served in senior policy positions in the federal and state governments, taught law at Vanderbilt University Law School and Vermont Law School, and represented corporate, municipal and not-for-profit clients in private law practice throughout the country. Nominated by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1989, Ms. Wilcher was USEPA’s senior official in the Office of Water, where she managed legislative, policy and program matters, and served as EPA’s lead representative in the $1.3 billion Exxon Valdez oil spill negotiations. As a partner with Winston & Strawn (1993-1996) and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacCrae (1996-2002) in Washington, DC, she counseled multinational corporations on strategic, policy, legislation and litigation matters. She returned to her hometown of Bowling Green, KY in 2002, and soon was tapped to serve as Cabinet Secretary for Kentucky’s Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, which consolidated over 30 regulatory agencies, including the Departments of Environmental Protect, Labor, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Mine Safety and Alcoholic Beverage Control, as well as the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, among others. In 2006, she returned to private practice at ELPO, where she handles a variety of regulatory and legislative matters, but focuses on environmental issues. Ms. Wilcher has been listed in America’s Best Lawyers since 2009. She serves on the Salmon P. Chase College of Law Board of Visitors, the WKU Ogden College Advisory Council, the Warren County Conservation District and the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park Board. She and her husband, Ed Tivol, live in Alvaton, Kentucky, where they operate Scuffle Hill Farm, growing alfalfa hay and grass-fed, free-range, Angus cattle.