Protecting Democracy and Securing Our Elections


October 18, 2021 - 12:30pm
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The event will be held in a hybrid format. To attend virtually via Zoom, please register here

There is limited in-person seating available in the Gold Room at the University Club. To attend the event in person, sign-up here. If registration is full, please add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted if/when a spot becomes available.  All in-person attendees are required to follow the University's COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines. Boxed lunches will be available at the end of the event. 

Please submit questions for Secretary Benson and/or Director Hickton ahead of time by emailing

Location and Address

University Club | Gold Room (second floor)

123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Event category

Pitt Cyber Related Events

Speaker Information

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. 

Prior to her election, she served as CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit organization using the unifying power of sports to improve race relations.

Benson is co-founder and former president of Military Spouses of Michigan, a network dedicated to providing support and services to military spouses and their children.

Pitt Cyber Founding Director David Hickton

David J. Hickton is the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. At Pitt, Mr. Hickton also has secondary faculty appointments as professor in the School of Law, the School of Computing and Information, and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to coming to Pitt, he served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2010.