Jennifer M. Urban is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Broadly, her research considers how values such as free expression, freedom to innovate, and privacy are mediated by technology, the laws that govern technology, and private-ordering systems.
Her clinic students represent clients in numerous public interest cases and projects at the intersection of technological change and societal interests such as civil liberties, innovation, and creative expression. Recent Clinic projects include work on individual privacy rights, copyright and free expression, artists’ rights, free and open source licensing, government surveillance, the “smart” electricity grid, biometrics, and defensive patent licensing.
Professor Urban 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. Prior to joining the USC faculty in 2004, she was the Samuelson Clinic’s first fellow and visiting assistant professor. Prior to that, she was an attorney with the Venture Law Group in Silicon Valley. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in biological science (concentration in neurobiology and behavior) and from Berkeley Law with a J.D. (intellectual property certificate). She was the Annual Review of Law and Technology editor while a student at Berkeley Law, and received the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.
Recent papers include:
- • Alan Westin’s Privacy Homo Economicus, 49 Wake Forest Law Review 261 (2014) (with Chris Jay Hoofnagle)
- • The Privacy Pragmatic as Privacy Vulnerable,Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (Juried) (2014) (with Chris Jay Hoofnagle
- • Does Familiarity Breed Contempt Among Judges Deciding Patent Cases? 66 Stan. L. Rev. 1121 (2014) (with Mark A. Lemley and Su Li)
- • Solving the Orphan Works Problem for the United States, 37 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, No. 1, (2013) (with David R. Hansen, Kathryn Hashimoto, Gwen Hinze, and Pamela Samuelson)
- • Mobile Phones and Privacy (with Chris Hoofnagle and Su Li) (2012)
- • How Fair Use Can Help Solve the Orphan Works Problem 27 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1379 (2012)
- • Protecting Open Innovation: A New Approach to Patent Threats, Transaction Costs, and Tactical Disarmament forthcoming 26 Harvard J. Law and Tech.__ (2012) (with Jason Schultz)
- • Mobile Payments: Consumer Benefits & New Privacy Concerns (with Chris Hoofnagle and Su Li) (2012)
- • Shining Light into Black Boxes, Science, Vol. 336, 159-160 (Apr. 13, 2012) (authors A. Morin, J. Urban, P. Adams, I. Foster, A.j Sali, D. Baker, P. Sliz).
- • A Quick Guide to Software Licensing for the Scientist-Programmer, 8 PLoS Computational Biology, Issue 7, e1002598 (2012) (authors Andrew Morin, Jennifer M. Urban, and Piotr Sliz)