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12 DePaul Bus. & Comm. L.J. 421 (2013-2014)
Preparing and Advising Your Clients on Cloud Usage

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Janet A. Stiven*
DESALINA WILLIAMS: I'm Desalina, and I'm the editor for the
Business & Commercial Law Journal. I will be introducing Janet
Stiven. She is the vice president and general counsel of The Moody
Bible Institute of Chicago. Prior to becoming Moody's vice president
and general counsel, for twenty-eight years Ms. Stiven was a member
and a business attorney in the Chicago, Illinois office of Dykema Gos-
sett, a national firm with more than 350 lawyers. She has advised cli-
ents concerning Cloud services agreements, terms of use, Cloud
vendor assessments, and Cloud computing policies and related privacy
and data security considerations. Please welcome Janet Stiven.
JANET STIVEN: Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to be back
home at DePaul. As some of you may know, I am an alum of the
DePaul College of Law, and it is exciting to be here to talk to you
about a topic that I have focused on for a number of years. The issues
surrounding Cloud computing have some different dimensions than
those presented when we first started using the Internet to provide
services. When contracting or provisioning Cloud services, it is impor-
tant to think about the big picture. During my twenty-eight years of
law firm practice, I gained extensive experience drafting and negotiat-
ing contracts. Part of effective contracting requires an understanding
of both the contract provision and their context. If you are a lawyer,
you have been trained to understand conceptually what the legal pro-
visions mean; but if you do not understand the context, you will not be
able to effectively review and comment on the agreement. The con-
text for reviewing Cloud contracts requires knowledge that Catherine
Sanders Reach discussed in her presentation. If you are going to be a
lawyer practicing in the Cloud, I suggest you invest some time to learn
how the technology works.
From my perspective, technology is becoming the platform for busi-
ness. Whether you work in a law firm or in a company, technology is
linked inextricably to everything we are doing; so you have to under-
stand how it works. You need to develop a road map to guide you
as you go through the process of provisioning for cloud services. Ini-
* Vice President and General Counsel at The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago


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