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 2017.
As Associate Director at BCLT, Jann is responsible for event management, donor communications and sponsorship, short and long range planning and managing a team of professionals to provide a wide range of programs and events for alumni, law students and the IP community. Jann brings to the table more than 20 years’ award-winning experience in law firm marketing, business development and administration. She has served as marketing director or manager at Orrick, Morgan Lewis, and, most recently, Archer Norris, among other Bay Area law firms. Jann holds a B.A. in Business & Humanities from Golden Gate 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.
Assistant Director Program Development & Student Engagement
Matthew has over 5 years of experience working for the University of California, both at Berkeley and Santa Cruz. At BCLT, Matthew enhances law students’ educational experience by managing the Tuesday-Thursday speakers series, coordinating the Law & Technology Certificate, organizing career fair and networking events, advising law and tech-related student groups, and coordinating the mentor program. Matthew also works as a tutor and researcher. Before joining BCLT in 2019, Matthew held positions at The Humanities Institute, CASMA, and the Institute for Jewish Law. Matthew holds a BA in History with a minor in East Asian Studies from UC Santa Cruz.
Nathalie is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she worked for three years as an Event Assistant for the Dickens Project. She graduated in 2020 with a BA in Philosophy along with a minor in Literature and soon after joined the Berkeley Law staff. She works with BCLT as well as Berkeley Judicial Institute and is responsible for helping organize and coordinate various symposia, conferences, and workshops.
Irys joined BCLT as Office Administrator in July 2016, having worked for the previous 3 years in a similar capacity in the Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Department at Columbia University. Before that, she worked in the business and legal affairs units at Lifetime Television Networks and at IFC/Sundance Channel. As Office Administrator, Irys is responsible for all BCLT reimbursements, payments, and procurements. An accomplished artist, Irys holds a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Senior Fellow and Director, BCLT Asia IP Project
Mark Cohen joined Berkeley Law in 2017 as a Senior Fellow and Director of BCLT’s Asia IP Project. With over 30 years’ experience as a law firm attorney, in-house counsel, government official, and adjunct and visiting professor of law, Cohen was previously Senior Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce/Director of the USPTO. He is widely recognized as the leading expert in the U.S. on intellectual property law in China. As Director of the BCLT Asia IP Project, Cohen is working with BCLT sponsors and faculty directors to develop collaborative relationships with academic institutions and other partners in Asia, including organizing workshops, conferences, and other events that bring data-driven insight to the complex IP landscape in China and other Asian fora. Mark hosts the popular blog www.chinaipr.com, serves as an advisor to the IP database iphouse.cn, and has published books and articles on China’s IP system, antitrust law in China, civil and administrative enforcement of IP, and foreign law firms practicing law in China.
Copyright Law Fellow
Kathryn Hashimoto received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. With a background in book publishing, Kathryn specializes in copyright law. Recent articles with Professor Pamela Samuelson include The Enigma of Digitized Property: A Tribute to John Perry Barlow, Duke Tech. L.J (forthcoming 2019), and Scholarly Concerns About a Proposed Copyright Small Claims Tribunal, 33 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 689 (2018), in addition to forthcoming book chapters on fair use in international copyright contexts and copyright in standards. Kathryn has also worked with Professor Samuelson and the Samuelson Clinic on amicus curiae briefs submitted to the US Supreme Court and the Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Christina Koningisor is a Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Her scholarship explores the intersection of media law, civil procedure, constitutional law, and local government law. She is interested in the ways that different legal regimes—from federal and state transparency statutes, to procedural rules, to state constitutions—alter the breadth and scope of secrecy and transparency in government. She is particularly interested in how new technologies have upended the information ecosystems that allow the press and the public to hold the government to account. She has published articles in the Northwestern University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal, and her most recent article, “Secrecy Creep,” is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. It documents the migration of powerful national security secrecy protections into state law to shield state and local government actors, especially local police. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Ms. Koningisor worked as a newsroom lawyer for the New York Times and as a law clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University.
Legal Research Fellow
Xiaofan Xu joined BCLT in February 2020 as a Research Fellow on our Asia IP and Technology Project. She had most recently been working at Via Licensing Corporation as a legal consultant. Dr. Xu received her LL.M. from Berkeley (2017), her Ph.D. degree in antitrust law from Zhejiang University (2015), and was a post-doc at Shanghai Jiao Tong University under Prof. Wang Xianlin. Dr. Xu has also worked with the National Development and Reform Commission and State Administration for Industry and Commerce on drafting Anti-Monopoly guidelines on IP abuse.
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.