Our faculty produce high-quality, high-impact scholarship. The range and depth of their interests and their skill as instructors make Berkeley’s the most sophisticated academic program in law and technology in the country.
Faculty also play an influential role beyond the academic setting, participating in public policy debates, testifying before federal and state legislatures, serving on advisory boards, and submitting briefs in important cases.
BCLT Executive Director
Jim Dempsey is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. A leading expert on privacy and Internet policy, Dempsey spent 18 years with the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., and served as its executive director from 2003 to 2005. He led the center’s Global Internet Policy Initiative, which worked with government officials, industry, and human rights organizations on Internet policy issues in developing and transitional countries.
Kenneth A. Bamberger is a Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, The First Amendment, and Technology and Governance. His research focuses on issues of technology and corporate regulation. With Professor Deirdre Mulligan of the UC Berkeley School of Information and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, 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.
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. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Professor Crump served as a staff attorney at the ACLU for nearly nine years. Follow her at @CatherineNCrump.
Chris Jay Hoofnagle, J.D. (University of Georgia) is the Director of Information Privacy Programs and Senior Fellow for the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology 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. 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. Follow him at @hoofnagle.
Peter S. Menell, S.B. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); M.A., Ph.D (Economics at Stanford), J.D. (Harvard) is the Koret Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, 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 P. Merges is the Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, 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. In addition to teaching and research projects, Merges also serves as a special consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and is a member of the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property.
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. Mulligan is the Policy lead for the NSF-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, which brings together researchers at U.C. Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon University, Cornell University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Mulligan’s current research agenda focuses on information privacy and security. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she was staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington.
Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman ‘74 Distinguished Professor of Law and a Professor of Information Management at UC 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. Follow her at @PamuelaSamuelson.
Paul Schwartz is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He is a leading international expert on information privacy and information law. Schwartz is also a Special Advisor at Paul Hastings, where he works in the Privacy and Data Security Practice. 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. Follow him at @paulmschwartz.
Jennifer M. Urban joined Berkeley Law in 2009 as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and was previously the Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law. She 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 and taught classes on issues related to intellectual property, privacy and individual rights in a world of rapid technological and societal change.
Molly Shaffer Van Houweling joined the Berkeley Law faculty in fall 2005 from the University of Michigan Law School. Van Houweling’s teaching and research interests include intellectual property, law and technology, property, and constitutional law. Before joining the Michigan faculty, Van Houweling was president of Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that facilitates sharing of intellectual property. Van Houweling has also served as senior adviser to the president and board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the entity that oversees the Internet Domain Name System. Follow her at @mollysvh.
Kathryn Hashimoto is the Copyright Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. 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 is the Microsoft Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. His scholarship focuses on copyright law and theory. Recent works include Reframing Similarity Analysis in Copyright, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015), and Consent, User Reliance, and Fair Use, 16 Yale J. Law & Tech. 397 (2014). Prior to joining BCLT, Kevin was the Furman Academic Fellow at New York University School of Law. He 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. @KevinJHickey
Michael Wolfe is a Copyright Research Fellow with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, 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. Follow him at @Mchl_Wolfe.