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.
Catherine Crump, Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. An experienced litigator specializing in constitutional matters, Catherine Crump 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. Catherine’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, Catherine 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.
Rob Walker, Clinical Supervising Attorney. Rob focuses on intellectual property and internet law issues. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, he worked for Axiom and Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, where his practice dealt with copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and technology-related commercial transactions. Before that, he worked as a video producer and business journalist in New York.
Megan Graham, Clinical Teaching Fellow. Before joining the Clinic, Megan served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez in the District of Minnesota and as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Human Rights Center. Megan was previously the Privacy, Security, and Technology Fellow and Assistant Managing Editor at Just Security, where her research focused on pressing issues in privacy, technology, and civil liberties and human rights law, including law enforcement hacking, encryption, and government surveillance. Megan graduated from NYU School of Law, where she participated in the Advanced Technology Law and Policy Clinic and the Brennan Center’s Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, and served as a Managing Editor of the Annual Survey of American Law. Prior to law school, Megan worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative on global public health projects. She received a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University Belfast.
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.