BCLT Executive Director

Robert Barr

Robert Barr is Executive Director of BCLT and the former Vice President for Intellectual Property and Worldwide Patent Counsel for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, where he was responsible for all patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Robert has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Political Science from MIT and a JD from Boston University School of Law. He is a frequent speaker on patent reform and has testified twice at the Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy. He was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California in 2003, and as one of the top 10 in-house intellectual property lawyers in 2004.

Faculty Directors

Ken Bamberger

Kenneth A. Bamberger is Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, where he teaches Administrative Law, The First Amendment, and Technology and Governance.  His research focuses on issues of technology and corporate regulation.  In particular, Bamberger's work explores the regulation of data protection and information privacy, the use of technology by administrative agencies, and the reliance on technology in corporate compliance.  With Professor Deirdre Mulligan of the UC Berkeley School of Information and BCLT, he is principal investigator on a major project comparing corporate privacy protection in the US, Canada and Europe. Additionally, he is the Director of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society.

Peter S. Menell

Peter S. Menell, S.B (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); M.A., Ph.D (economics) (Stanford), J.D (Harvard) is Koret Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), as well as co-founder and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has organized more than two dozen intellectual property education programs for the Federal Judicial Center since 1998.

Robert Merges

Robert P. Merges is the Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law at Boalt, as well as Co-Founder and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He has written numerous articles on the economics of intellectual property, especially as they affect patent law and the biotechnology industries.


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.


Pamela Samuelson

Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman ‘74 Distinguished Professor of Law and a Professor of Information Management at the University of California at Berkeley. She is also a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She has written and spoken extensively on the challenges  that digital technologies pose for existing legal regimes, particularly intellectual property law, and more recently has become interested in legal regulation of digital networked environments.

Paul Schwartz

Paul Schwartz is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He is a leading international expert on information privacy and information law. His scholarship focuses on how the law has sought to regulate and otherwise shape information technology—as well as the impact of information technology on law and democracy.



Molly Shaffer Van Houweling

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling joined the Boalt faculty in fall 2005 from the University of Michigan Law School, where she had been an assistant professor since 2002. Van Houweling's teaching and research interests include intellectual property, law and technology, property, and constitutional law. She was a visiting professor at Boalt in 2004-05.



Kathryn Hashimoto

Kathryn Hashimoto is the Copyright Research Fellow at BCLT. She graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2010. While in law school, she interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and with EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn co-authored “The Case for Book Privacy Parity: Google Books and the Shift from Offline to Online Reading” (2010) for the Harvard Law & Policy Review Online.

Kevin Hickey

Kevin Hickey is the Microsoft Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Prior to joining BCLT, he was the Furman Academic Fellow at New York University School of Law, where he published several works on copyright law, most recently Consent, User Reliance, and Fair Use, 16 Yale J. Law & Tech. (2014). His current research project examines the historical origins of copyright’s substantial similarity doctrine. Kevin has a J.D. magna cum laude from NYU School of Law and a B.A. in mathematics from Brown University. He was a clerk for the Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and spent several years practicing intellectual property litigation at Covington & Burling LLP.

Chris Jay Hoofnagle

Chris Jay Hoofnagle, J.D (University of Georgia) is the Director of Information Privacy Programs and Senior Fellow for BCLT and the Samuelson Clinic. He is an expert in information privacy law. Hoofnagle's research focuses on identity theft, security breaches, and consumer perceptions and attitudes towards privacy laws.  He co-chairs the annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Hoofnagle was a non-residential fellow with Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Prior to that, Hoofnagle focused on regulation of telemarketing, financial services privacy, and credit reporting at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.

Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe is a Copyright Research Fellow who is developing research and commentary to promote public interest authorship in the digital age. He received his J.D. from Duke in 2013 and holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard.