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.
Jennifer M. Urban, Director and Clinical Professor of Law. Jennifer Urban, ‘00, is the director of Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic and clinical professor of law. Her 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, Urban 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.
Catherine Crump, Acting 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. Professor Crump’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, Professor Crump 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.
Amy Utstein, Director of Administration. Before joining the Clinical Program, Amy worked as the admissions director at Tehiyah Day School, and previously as the undergraduate student affairs officer at the Comparative Literature Department at Cal. Amy has a background in the arts and worked as the dramaturg and literary manager at the Berkeley Rep, and holds a BA and MFA in Theatre.
Letitia McDowell, Program Coordinator. Letitia has over 20 years experience as a legal secretary, during which time she has honed her document preparation and office management skills. While working at Bushnell, Caplan & Fielding LLP and O’Reilly Collins, she assisted plaintiff-side attorneys with high-profile cases.
She has been a licensed Notary Public for over 5 years. McDowell is active in the community and started a non-profit in which she feeds the needy once a month. McDowell obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity Southern University in 2005.