Pamela Samuelson

Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley

Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman ’74 Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She has taught courses on intellectual property, cyberlaw, and information law. She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies pose for traditional legal regimes, especially for intellectual property law. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Contributing Editor of Communications of the ACM, a past Fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Amsterdam. She is a co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors for Authors Alliance, a nonprofit whose mission is to facilitate authorship in the public interest. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as a Fellow of the Center for Democracy & Technology, and a member of the Advisory Boards for Public Knowledge and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. A 1971 graduate of the University of Hawaii and a 1976 graduate of Yale Law School, Samuelson was a litigation associate with the New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher before turning to academic pursuits. From 1981 through June 1996 she was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. She has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 1996 and a Visiting Professor at Columbia, Cornell, Emory, Fordham, Harvard, and NYU Law Schools.