Jim Dempsey is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. A leading expert on privacy and Internet policy, Dempsey spent 18 years with the Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., and served as its executive director from 2003 to 2005. He led CDT’s Global Internet Policy Initiative, which worked with government officials, industry, and human rights organizations on Internet policy issues in developing and transitional countries. In 2012, after Senate confirmation, he was appointed by President Obama as a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent federal agency, and served in that role until January 3, 2017.
Assistant Director Program Development & Student Engagement
Prior to joining BCLT in 2013, Claire was a research assistant at Touro University California. At BCLT, she enhances law students’ educational experience by managing the Tuesday/Thursday speakers series, coordinating the Law & Technology Certificate, organizing career fairs and networking events, advising law and technology-related student groups, and coordinating the mentor program. Claire holds a BA in English with a minor in Art from Holy Names University.
Assistant Director Events & Communications
Richard joined BCLT in September 2015. Prior to that, he was Special Events Manager for the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival. From 2011- 2015, Richard was Director of Events at Central European University, a graduate institution in Budapest, Hungary. He has an extensive background in corporate project coordination, which is when he first began organizing large events. At BCLT, Richard is responsible for planning and executing the center’s extensive schedule of conferences, symposiums, forums, and workshops. Richard holds an M.A. in Broadcast and Electronic Communication from San Francisco State.
BCLT Executive Director Emeritus
Robert Barr was the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology from 2005 to 2015. Formerly, he was the Vice President for Intellectual Property and Worldwide Patent Counsel for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, where he was responsible for all patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Robert has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Political Science from MIT and a JD from Boston University School of Law. He is a frequent speaker on patent reform and has testified twice at the Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy. He was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California in 2003, and as one of the top 10 in-house intellectual property lawyers in 2004.
Kathryn is the Copyright Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2010. While in law school, she interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and with EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn co-authored “The Case for Book Privacy Parity: Google Books and the Shift from Offline to Online Reading” (2010) for the Harvard Law & Policy Review Online.
Christina is the Privacy Law Fellow. She received her J.D from Yale in 2014 and her B.A., in International Relations, from Brown (2007). After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Sidney R. Thomas, chief judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a fellow teaching international law at Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China.