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 Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. Jennifer Urban, ‘00, is the 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.
Catherine Crump is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. An experienced litigator specializing in constitutional matters, she has represented a broad range of clients seeking to vindicate their First and Fourth Amendment rights. She also has extensive experience litigating to compel the disclosure of government records under the Freedom of Information Act. Professor Crump’s primary interest is the impact of new technologies on civil liberties. Representative matters include serving as counsel in the ACLU’s challenge to the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ call records; representing artists, media outlets and others challenging a federal internet censorship law, and representing a variety of clients seeking to invalidate the government’s policy of conducting suspicionless searches of laptops and other electronic devices at the international border. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Professor Crump served as a staff attorney at the ACLU for nearly nine years. Before that, she was a law clerk for Judge M. Margaret McKeown at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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.
Brianna L. Schofield is a Research and Policy Fellow in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. Her research interests focus on the intersection of law and technology, particularly as it relates to privacy, intellectual property regimes, and free speech.
Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Schofield was a Special Deputy Attorney General in the Executive Office of the California Attorney General where she worked on investigative, legislative, and negotiated solutions to advance consumer privacy.
Schofield has a J.D. from Berkeley Law, where she was a member of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic for three semesters. While at the Clinic, she co-authored an amicus brief in Viacom v. YouTube case advocating for the interests of independent media artists and developed a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the 1909 and 1976 Copyright Act. Schofield graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a BSc in Philosophy and Psychology.
Amy Utstein, Director of Administration. 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.
Letitia McDowell is a Program Assistant at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. She has over 20 years experience as a legal secretary, during which time she has honed her document preparation and office management skills. While working at Bushnell, Caplan & Fielding LLP and O'Reilly Collins, she assisted plaintiff-side attorneys with high-profile cases.
She has been a licensed Notary Public for over 5 years. McDowell is active in the community and started a non-profit in which she feeds the needy once a month. McDowell obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity Southern University in 2005.