Tom Brier, the Millennial Working to Oust Scott Perry

Brier is all in on the 10th District campaign, laying out policies full-time thanks to the success of some of his published works such as "While Reason Slept," which covers the philosophy of the founding fathers.

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PA-10 Democratic candidate Tom Brier talks climate change, DePasquale

It’s 10 months until next year’s primary election, and more than a year until the 2020 general election. 

Still, Democrats living in central Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District already have two choices to face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry.

PA-10 Congressional Candidate Tom Brier Joins Dave Williams on PA Farm Country Radio

Democratic Congressional Candidate Tom Brier joins Dave Williams on Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio—the largest Farm Radio Broadcasting Network in PA—for a free-flowing conversation covering a variety of issues, from the opioid epidemic to the devastating effects that President Trump's tariff wars are having on Pennsylvania's 6,000 dairy farmers.

Brier for Congress Campaign Announces Fundraising Record for PA-10

HERSHEY, PA --- Today, the congressional campaign of Democratic challenger Thomas F. Brier, Jr., announced a record fundraising haul of $100,026 in his bid to represent Pennsylvania’s 10th District. 

Brier’s first quarter total, gathered entirely from individual donors, marks the most money ever raised in the opening quarter of a challenger campaign in the history of the new 10th and former 15th Districts. 

“Our campaign, at its core, is dedicated to restoring a sense of civic unity in the Tenth District,” Brier said. “And although it’s still early, the support for our message has been overwhelmingly positive. There is a genuine feeling of excitement that comes with something new, and our fundraising efforts reflect the fact that people in the Tenth District are incredibly excited about supporting fresh ideas and a new generation of leadership. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

“We can’t imagine a better start to our campaign,” said Brier’s Finance Director, Olivia Termini. “Not only did we set a fundraising record, but we did it with the support of Democrats and Republicans alike. Voters on both sides of the aisle can sense that something special is happening.”

Brier is a graduate of Hershey High School, Dickinson College, and Penn State Law. After law school, Brier clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before working at an international law firm in Philadelphia. Brier also published a book, While Reason Slept, and serves as a fellow with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where he provides free legal services to families and individuals across the Commonwealth.

Biometrics and the New Wave of Class Action Lawsuits

In 1890, a 34-year-old Bostonian lawyer penned an article asking whether the law should play a role in protecting citizens’ right to privacy against threats of technological intrusion. “Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person,” the lawyer wrote. “Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that ‘what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops.’”

Currency or Security? What United States v. Zaslavskiy Means for the Future of Cryptocurrency Regulation

Whether you call them cryptocurrencies, virtual currencies, digital assets, or tokens, a new asset class has developed. Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that uses encryption techniques for governance and security and operates independently of any central bank. Like any other financial instrument, however, the use of digital currency brings with it a risk of fraud. This article examines the implications of a recent decision from the Eastern District of New York against Maksim Zaslavskiy, the first case to address whether cryptocurrency is subject to federal securities laws.

Penn State Alumnus on Democracy and Reason

Thomas F. Brier, Jr., earned his J.D. from Penn State Law in 2017. After graduation, he served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His book, "While Reason Slept" examines the relationship between democratic erosion and the declining belief in the power of reason. We invited him to write a post that expands on those themes.

Can the Law Keep Up With the Internet of Things?

Dubbed the “Internet of Things” (IoT), this interconnected network of digital devices has revolutionized how we interact with the world around us. From driverless cars, to personal drones, to smart homes, the degree to which the IoT has affected contemporary society is nothing short of profound.

Defining the Limits of Governmental Access to Personal Data Stored in the Cloud: An Analysis and Critique of Microsoft Ireland

Absent Congressional action or Supreme Court involvement, Microsoft Ireland stands as one of the most significant decisions of the Internet Age, impacting not only where companies will choose to store their data, but how privacy and security-related concerns will continue to play out in the international arena.

Penn State Law Commencement Celebrates Students Becoming ‘Guardians of the Land’

"We’re choosing to ‘be awake on behalf of those who sleep’—what he called guardians of the land. And that means that the responsibility falls on our shoulders to defend the notion that our experiment in democracy is worth pursuing, and that progress walks hand-in-hand with the pursuit of justice for all.”

Penn State Law Student Lands Dream-Come-True Federal Clerkship

 The first time Penn State Law student Tom Brier met U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Vanaskie, he knew he wanted to work for him.

Now, more than two years later, that dream has become a reality as Brier has been selected for a highly competitive clerkship working alongside Vanaskie in his Scranton, Pa., chambers.

Penn State Law Student to Present at Cybersecurity Conference in Washington

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Third year Penn State Law student Tom Brier will be the only student to present at an upcoming interdisciplinary conference on cybersecurity law and policy to be held at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs on Sept. 28 and 29.

Brier will present a paper examining the outcome of Microsoft Corp. v. United States, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit rejected the federal government’s argument that current law allows it to obtain data stored on servers overseas. Brier examines the ruling’s potential precedential impact on privacy, current U.S. law, international relations, and developing technology.