Daliah Saper (’04) on 20/20 Discussing Te'o Hoax

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

College of Law alumna, Daliah Saper (’04), appeared on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, January 25 to discuss the legal implications of the internet scandal surrounding Manti Te’o and his fictitious girlfriend Lennay Kekua.

photo of Daliah Saper

Daliah Saper first tackled these legal issues head on from 2008 to 2012 in Bonhomme v. St. James. In that case, defendant Janna St. James deceived plaintiff Paula Bonhomme into conducting an online relationship with her over the course of a year and a half through the creation of a male alter ego, Jesse James.

Dubbed the “new media maven,” Saper started her own boutique litigation firm, Saper Law Offices, LLC, which handles internet, intellectual property, and commercial law issues. Saper is an adjunct professor at the College of Law, teaching an internet law course as part of the Chicago Program.

She has handled many high profile cases (including one she argued before the Illinois Supreme Court) and is regularly interviewed on national tv, radio, and in several publications including:  Fox News, CNBC, ABC News, The Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, NPR, and a slew of smaller websites.  She has repeatedly received the honor of being named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), is recognized as a leading Media and Entertainment lawyer by Chambers and Partners, featured on the cover of TheXemplar magazine, profiled by the Chicago Law Bulletin, and has been nominated for the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. This year, Law Bulletin Publishing Company selected Daliah Saper as a “40 under 40.”