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- University of Notre Dame B.A. 1998
- University of Notre Dame J.D 2001
Joseph A. Tomain is a Senior Lecturer at the Maurer School of Law where he teaches Information Privacy Law I and II, Contracts, and Internet Law. Tomain has extensive experience in practice, teaching, and scholarship on privacy and free speech rights, particularly in online environments. In addition to his role as Senior Lecturer, Tomain is Director of the Law School’s Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Law Program. He is also a Senior Fellow at IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR). His contributions to the CACR include examining the relationship, and often competing interests, between speech and privacy rights, as well as the cybersecurity implications that must be considered when assessing online privacy.
Tomain’s practical experience includes serving as a civil litigation attorney at Frost Brown Todd, with an emphasis on media law; and, providing in-house legal services to a major media company as Senior Media Counsel. His academic experience includes serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University College of Law and the University of Georgia School of Law. His articles have been published in several law journals, including Drake Law Review, Michigan State Law Review, and the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
Currently, Tomain is co-editor of Communications Lawyer, which is published by the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law. Previously, he served as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Media Law Committee. His civic contributions include serving as a Team Leader for HeadCount, a non-profit, non-partisan voter registration organization; and, President of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati.
Tomain received his undergraduate degree in Government and International Relations at the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D., cum laude, at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
In The Media
- Quoted in "Twitter user convicted for false voting information, not Hillary Clinton memes," USA Today ( 10-23-2023 )
- Quoted in "Free Speech Experts Place LSU on Shaky Legal Ground for Firing Grad Assistant Over Voicemail," Louisiana Illuminator ( 07-26-2023 )
- Quoted in "Breaking a Non-Disclosure Agreement From Todd Rokita's Office Could Cost Employees $25,000," IndyStar ( 07-19-2023 )
- Appeared on "Friday Edition: What the Dominion lawsuit says about news media," Indiana Public Media ( 04-28-2023 )
- Quoted in "Can a public official block people on social media? Supreme Court to decide," The National Desk ( 04-26-2023 )
- Quoted in "Rule change will bring news cameras inside some Indiana courtrooms," Chicago Tribune ( 03-18-2023 )
- Quoted in "Fox News stars questioned by election tech company in defamation case," Washington Post ( 08-30-2022 )
- Quoted in "New Indiana law is meant to protect free speech at universities. It may do the opposite.," Herald Times ( 04-15-2022 )
- Quoted in "Experts: Hamilton County campaign sign ordinance poses possible First Amendment problem," WISH News ( 04-15-2022 )
- Quoted in "Indiana justices' opinion in 'revenge porn' case lauded," The Indiana Lawyer ( 02-02-2022 )
- Quoted in "Bankruptcy for OAN? Dominion Libel Suit Imperils San Diego Cable Outlet," Times of San Diego ( 08-16-2021 )
- Quoted in "The IMPD officer who shot Dreasjon Reed is suing the NFL. Legal experts examine his odds.," The Indianapolis Star ( 06-16-2021 )
- Quoted in "Attorneys for IMPD officer, Dreasjon Reed's family comment on lawsuit against NFL," WISH-TV ( 06-15-2021 )
- Quoted in "Indiana's attorney general launches probe alleging Big Tech has been censoring conservatives," Indiana Daily Student ( 04-14-2021 )
- Quoted in "Indiana Senate bill would survey public college students' perception of free speech on campus," Indiana Daily Student ( 04-14-2021 )
- Quoted in "Twitter ban not a violation of President's First Amendment rights," Indiana Public Media ( 01-11-2021 )
- “The Virus of Liberty”: John Perry Barlow, Internet Law, and Grateful Dead Studies, 5 Grateful Dead Studies 14 (2021/2022)
- Teaching Information Privacy Law, 59 Washburn L.J. 445 (2020)
- Big Data and the Fourth Estate: Protecting the Development of News Media Monitoring Databases,12 Bus. & Tech. L. 53 (2016).
- Online Privacy and the First Amendment: An Opt-In Approach to Data Processing, 83 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1 (2014).
- Advancing Technology and Aging Democracy in FREE SPEECH IN AN INTERNET ERA (C.P Walker and R.L. Weaver, Eds.). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013.
- First Amendment, Fourth Estate, and Hot News: Misappropriation Is Not a Solution To The Journalism Crisis, 2012 Mich. St. L. Rev. 769 (2012).
- Cyberspace is Outside the Schoolhouse Gate: Offensive, Online Student Speech Receives First Amendment Protection, 59 Drake L. Rev. 97 (2010).
Areas of Expertise
- First Amendment
- Internet law
- Privacy law