NYU Law Student Named as Inaugural Recipient of the Latham & Watkins Award in Technology and Law

New scholarship program aims to cultivate a new generation of tech-savvy lawyers equipped to handle issues at the intersection of technology and the law.

04 August 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP1, in collaboration with the New York University (NYU) Center for Cybersecurity, is pleased to announce that Rupinder Garcha, a second-year student and member of the Law Review at NYU School of Law, is the inaugural recipient of the Latham & Watkins Award in Technology and Law. The scholarship program seeks to foster a new generation of tech-savvy lawyers with a passion to develop their knowledge of technology law and policy issues.

In naming the inaugural scholar, Zachary Goldman, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU Law and a co-founder of NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity, said: "Rupinder is an outstanding student who has demonstrated a deep commitment to interdisciplinary study of the law and technology of cybersecurity."

“We congratulate Rupinder on winning this scholarship and wish her every success. We are delighted to collaborate with the Center for Cybersecurity at NYU, which is an innovator and leader in the field," said Michèle Penzer, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York.

“We are proud to support this important initiative to grow the community of lawyers with the business, legal and technical skills for the modern working world,” said Vivian Maese, a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and Global Co-Chair of the firm's FinTech Industry Group. "The scholarship program was specifically designed to support students pursuing a cross-disciplinary approach to technology and the law, and who seek a deeper understanding of information law, cybersecurity and data privacy.”

“Academia is at the forefront of preparing the next generation of tech-savvy lawyers who will play a critical role harnessing technological developments in business and the practice of the law. Rupinder has already shown tremendous enthusiasm for the cybersecurity field, and we are confident the scholarship program will positively contribute to her continued success,” said Ramesh Karri, faculty member at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and a co-founder of the NYU Center for Cybersecurity.

Ken Heaps, Chief Information Officer at Latham & Watkins, added: “Partnering with NYU on this scholarship further demonstrates Latham’s commitment to remain at the cutting edge of technology in the legal field. Investing in technological innovation and cybersecurity preparedness are high and growing boardroom priorities, and we are pleased to collaborate with NYU to foster the next generation of talented young lawyers.”

Garcha said: “Participating in this scholarship program is a great honor and important milestone in my educational career, and I look forward to collaborating with other students and professors who share my interest in the rapidly evolving technology and cyber landscape.”

From left to right: Zachary Goldman, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU Law and a co-founder of NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity; Rupinder Garcha, inaugural recipient of the Latham & Watkins Award in Technology and Law; Rafal Gawlowski, Deputy Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York.

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Notes to Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins operates in Seoul as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.


Michèle Penzer, New York Office Managing Partner, +1.212.906.1245

Vivian Maese, FinTech Industry Group Global Co-Chair, +1.212.906.1302

Ken Heaps, Chief Information Officer, +1.213.891.7178


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