The Samuelson Clinic’s faculty and staff engage in client advocacy, interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Working with policy makers, thought-leaders and activists both on and off campus, the Samuelson Clinic team provides the research and policy advice to help further the public interest in critical technology issues.
The Samuelson Clinic is situated at UC Berkeley, one of the world's preeminent research universities and the world's leading public university. Over 90% of UC Berkeley's graduate programs rank in the top ten in the United States according to the National Research Council. This allows Samuelson Clinic team members to engage and collaborate with the best science and technology visionaries right here on campus. This approach has proven to be an effective way of combining student education and problem-solving research—bridging the world of scholarly ideas and the world of public policy—and in so doing, training the next generation of lawyers, public policy makers, scientist and technologists poised to work at the intersection of these important fields.
Jennifer M. Urban, Clinic Co-Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. Jennifer Urban, ‘00, is the co-director of the Berkeley Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic and an assistant clinical professor of law. Her research centers on legal and policy issues surrounding intellectual property, privacy and individual rights in a world of rapid technological and societal change. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Urban founded and directed the USC Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic and worked as an attorney with the Venture Law Group in Silicon Valley. She graduated from Berkeley Law in 2000 and was the Samuelson Clinic’s first teaching fellow.
Jason M. Schultz, Clinic Co-Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. Jason Schultz is the co-director of the Berkeley Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic and a nationally recognized expert on intellectual property law. Before joining Boalt Hall as a faculty member in the Samuelson Clinic, he was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the leading digital rights groups in the world. Prior to EFF, Schultz practiced intellectual property law at the firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. and served as a clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the Northern District of California. He graduated from Berkeley Law in 2000.
Chris Hoofnagle, Senior Fellow, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Chris Jay Hoofnagle is director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's information privacy programs and senior fellow to the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. He is an expert in information privacy law. He teaches computer crime law and a seminar on the Federal Trade Commission and online advertising. Hoofnagle’s research focuses on the challenges in aligning consumer privacy preferences with commercial and government uses of personal information.
Lila Bailey, Teaching Fellow. Lila Bailey, ‘05, has spent her career working towards the public interest in technology law, especially in the area of open access to educational resources, cultural resources, and data. In her role as Clinical Teaching Fellow, Bailey worked with students to advise clients regarding the public domain, fair use, open data, government surveillance, and privacy, amoung other issues. Prior to her work in the Clinic, Bailey worked at Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Babak Siavoshy, Teaching Fellow. Babak Siavoshy, '08, is a Teaching Fellow at the Samuelson Clinic, where his interests center on the constitutional and legal implications of emerging technologies. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Siavoshy served in the executive office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he worked on consumer privacy issues; and as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington D.C., where he co-wrote the respondent's brief in the United Sates v. Jones, the Supreme Court's landmark GPS tracking decision. He clerked for Judge John T. Noonan of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California.
Amy Utstein, Clinical Program Administrator. Before joining the Clinical Program, Amy worked as the admissions director at Tehiyah Day School, and previously as the undergraduate student affairs officer at the Comparative Literature Department at Cal. Amy has a background in the arts and worked as the dramaturg and literary manager at the Berkeley Rep, and holds a BA and MFA in Theatre.