By Andrew Cohen
Berkeley Law Professor and renowned technology law scholar Pamela Samuelson is one of four winners of this year’s IP3 Award from Public Knowledge, a Washington-based public interest group that defends citizens’ rights in the growing digital culture.
IP3 awards are given annually to individuals who have advanced the public interest in one of three “IP” areas: intellectual property, information policy, and Internet protocol. The awards will be presented at a ceremony October 13 in Washington, D.C.
“Public Knowledge has been the most important voice for public-spirited intellectual property and Internet policy,” says Samuelson. “I’m pleased that this organization believes I have made contributions to these same policies worthy of being named to this award.”
A director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Samuelson is being recognized for her work in information policy. Samuelson’s scholarship, expertise, and advocacy for reform span areas such as privacy, copyright, freedom of expression, intellectual property, and consumer protection.
In its announcement of the IP3 award winners, Public Knowledge described Samuelson as “one of the pioneers in all aspects of cyberlaw,” and noted that she was “one of the first to see the connections and contradictions between an emerging digital environment and the law.”
In 2001, Samuelson and her husband, fellow UC Berkeley Professor Robert Glushko, established the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. It provides Berkeley Law students with hands-on training in the public interest aspects of information and technology law, and has spawned similar clinics at roughly 30 other law schools.
Samuelson also serves as co-chair of the Campaign for Boalt Hall.