Speakers

David Vladeck

David C. Vladeck

David C. Vladeck directs the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and the agency’sseven regional offices, including the than 450 lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staffwho carry out the Bureau’s work to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, or fraudulentpractices. He has spearheaded the FTC’s efforts to shut down “last dollar frauds” aimed ateconomically-vulnerable consumers; to fight abusive debt collection and mortgage foreclosepractices; to stop national advertisers from making unsubstantiated health claims; to bolsterprivacy protections through aggressive law enforcement and policy-making; to safeguardchildren’s privacy online; to establish greater international cooperation on anti-fraud and privacyenforcement; and to build partnerships with legal services providers and communityorganizations.


Ted Mermin

 Ted Mermin

Ted Mermin, J.D., M.Ed., is the co-founder and Executive Director of Public Good. For the past decade, he has litigated consumer protection, First Amendment, and civil rights law cases at the trial and appellate levels, and has written and spoken extensively on issues of preemption, privacy, free speech, and unfair competition.


Deirdre Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan is an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. She was previously the Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and a Clinical Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she was staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington.


Jennifer Urban

Jennifer M. Urban

Jennifer M. Urban is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Broadly, her research considers how values such as free expression, freedom to innovate, and privacy are mediated by technology, the laws that govern technology, and private-ordering systems. Her clinic students represent clients in numerous public interest cases and projects at the intersection of technological change and societal interests such as civil liberties, innovation, and creative expression. Recent Clinic projects include work on individual privacy rights, copyright and free expression, artists’ rights, free and open source licensing, government surveillance, the “smart” electricity grid, biometrics, and defensive patent licensing. Professor Urban comes to Berkeley Law from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, where she founded and directed the USC Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic.  Prior to joining the USC faculty in 2004, she was the Samuelson Clinic’s first fellow and visiting assistant professor. Prior to that, she was an attorney with the Venture Law Group in Silicon Valley. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in biological science (concentration in neurobiology and behavior) and from Berkeley Law with a J.D. (intellectual property certificate).