Samuelson faculty members mentor students, represent clients, and engage in scholarly research. In the process, they work to pursue the public interest in critical technology law and policy issues.
Catherine Crump, Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. Catherine Crump is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, School of Law, where she directs the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Her advocacy and research focus on the impact of new technologies on civil liberties and the justice system. Crump’s civil liberties advocacy focuses on uncovering information about how law enforcement agencies deploy surveillance technology and promoting expansive protections for privacy and free speech in the face of increasingly advanced technologies. Crump’s work also examines how technology is reshaping the justice system, from the investigative phase through trial to post-conviction supervision.
Crump has litigated cases on behalf of clients in numerous federal district and appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court. She has also testified before Congress, the European Parliament, and various state legislatures and municipal bodies. She appears regularly in the news media, and her TED talk on automatic license plate readers has been viewed nearly 2 million times. Prior to joining the Berkeley Law faculty, Crump spent nearly nine years at the American Civil Liberties Union. Before that, she clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School.
Erik Stallman, Associate Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. Erik Stallman is the Associate Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Before joining the Samuelson Clinic, Erik was a policy counsel at Google, focusing on copyright and telecommunications policy. He spent the previous 12 years in Washington D.C, working for the Federal Communications Commission, the US House of Representatives, the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and then serving as General Counsel and Director of the Open Internet Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His research interests include copyright and machine learning, music licensing, and the intersection of copyright and media regulation. Erik is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Megan Graham, Clinical Supervising Attorney. Megan Graham is a Clinical Supervising Attorney in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley, School of Law. Her work centers on the role technology plays in criminal defendants’ cases and the broader criminal legal system. Graham’s advocacy focuses on advising public defenders on the technology issues that appear in their clients’ cases. She has written model briefs and counseling memoranda for public defenders on issues ranging from overbroad search warrants for digital devices to probabilistic genotyping software to facial recognition. Graham has filed and litigated public records act requests to uncover more information about the technologies used in criminal cases. She has also trained federal and state defense attorneys from around the country on various technology and criminal law topics.
Graham’s writings have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Just Security and she has been quoted in other press outlets, including Agence France-Presse and The Nation. Prior to coming to Berkeley Law, Graham clerked for Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez in the District of Minnesota and was a visiting research fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Human Rights Center. Before that, she worked at the Brennan Center for Justice and was the privacy, security, and technology fellow and assistant managing editor at Just Security. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, Queens University Belfast, and NYU School of Law.
Jennifer M. Urban, Clinical Professor of Law and Director (On Leave). Jennifer Urban’s 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, Jennifer 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.