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Anne T. McKenna

Anne McKenna

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law 

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J.D., The Catholic University of America
B.A., The Catholic University of America 

Anne McKenna is a Visiting Professor at Penn State Law, an Associate Faculty Member with Penn State University’s Institute for CyberSciences (ICS), and a Member of the ICS Coordinating Committee. Ms. McKenna teaches Information Privacy Law, Cyberlaw, Civil Procedure, and Evidence. She joined Penn State Law’s fulltime faculty in 2016 from the law firm of Silverman/Thompson/Slutkin/White (STSW), where she founded and chaired the firm’s cyber and privacy law group.

Ms. McKenna is a nationally recognized trial attorney, teacher, and frequently-cited author in cyber, privacy, electronic surveillance, and cellular law. She brings over two decades of complex civil litigation and privacy law practice. She has taught privacy, cyber, and media law for over a decade. Ms. McKenna has represented large and small businesses, educational clients, and individuals in litigation and non-litigation matters involving workplace privacy and surveillance, data practices, data breach and data theft, compliance with federal and state laws, website privacy policies and terms of use, cellular practices, geolocation tracking, online content and speech, online torts, content take-downs, electronic surveillance statutory claims, and privacy. Ms. McKenna has consulted with government officials about wiretapping, computer and cellular searches, geolocation tracking, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). From 2013 - 2016, Ms. McKenna served as the Principal Legal Consultant for the Department of Justice-COPS and Police Foundation’s joint initiative on UAVs in community policing. 

Ms. McKenna co-authored the treatise, Wiretapping & Eavesdropping, 2d Ed., (Fishman & McKenna, 1995), a two-volume, in-depth treatise addressing all aspects of electronic surveillance law. In 2007, Ms. McKenna co-authored a third edition, Wiretapping & Eavesdropping: Surveillance in the Internet Age, (Fishman & McKenna), expanding the treatise to four volumes. The United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, numerous lower federal courts, and multiple state supreme courts have cited the second and third editions of Wiretapping. In 2004, Ms. McKenna began co-authoring the seminal evidence treatise, Jones on Evidence, 7th Ed., (Fishman & McKenna). The United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh Circuits, and the District of Columbia Circuit all have cited Jones on Evidence. Both of these treatises have been cited in dozens of scholarly articles and peer-reviewed journals, and are well-known resources for attorneys, judges, and law enforcement. Ms. McKenna’s other publications include cybercrime reports for Westlaw, a host of blogs and short articles about cyber and privacy law, and the law review article, Pass Parallel Privacy Standards or Privacy Perishes, 65 Rutgers L. Rev. 1041 (2013). 

Ms. McKenna has been at the forefront of legal educators and civil litigators working in the increasingly intersecting fields of cyber technology, the web, electronic surveillance, and privacy law. Ms. McKenna has served on numerous legal panels, presented her works at multiple conferences, and is a regularly invited speaker at universities, businesses, bar organizations, and schools to discuss cyber issues, privacy, and the law. Ms. McKenna is frequently consulted by and quoted in local and national TV and print news media. Among her pro bono work, Ms. McKenna has represented and advised many victims of revenge porn and online stalking and obtained a published First Amendment victory in Connecticut’s Supreme Court for the right of a murder victim’s family to post missing person posters.

"Wiretapping & Eavesdropping: Surveillance in the Internet Age," 3rd Ed., 2007. (with Clifford S. Fishman) 

"Jones on Evidence: Civil and Criminal," 7th Ed. (with Clifford S. Fishman)

"Cyberlaw Crime Report," 2004-2008

Pass Parallel Privacy Standards or Privacy Perishes, T., 65 Rutgers L. Rev. 1041, Rutgers Law Review, Summer 2013