Pamela Samuelson

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Pamela Samuelson
Pamela Samuelson 2012
Pamela Samuelson (2012)
Known forSamuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic
SpouseRobert J. Glushko
AwardsMacArthur "genius award" (1997), Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact (2005)
Academic background
EducationB.A., University of Hawaii (1971)

M.A., University of Hawaii (1972)

J.D., Yale University (1976)
Alma materYale University
Academic work

Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman '74 Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the UC Berkeley School of Information and Boalt Hall, the School of Law.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

A 1971 graduate of the University of Hawaii and a 1976 graduate of Yale Law School, Samuelson practiced law as a litigation associate with the New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher before becoming an academic. From 1981 through June 1996 she was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, from which she visited at Columbia, Cornell, and Emory Law Schools.

Academic career[edit]

She was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for the Fall 2007 term.[2] She is also co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology[3] and a co-founder of Authors Alliance.[4] She has been a member of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law faculty since 1996.

Technology and society[edit]

Her principal area of study is intellectual property law. She has written and spoken about the challenges that new information technologies are posing for public policy and traditional legal regimes. She founded the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California at Berkeley in 2000, with funding from Mitch Kapor and with an endowment from Samuelson and her husband, Bob Glushko.[5] She is 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, an Honorary Professor of the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Open Source Applications Foundation, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center. In 2013, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[6]

In 2016, Samuelson cosigned an amicus curiae brief for "Intellectual Property Professors" in support of Star Athletica in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Samuelson, P., Davis, R., Kapor, M. D., & Reichman, J. H. (1994). Manifesto concerning the Legal Protection of Computer Programs, A. ColUM. l. reV., 94, 2308.
  • "A Case Study on Computer Programs", Global dimensions of intellectual property rights in science and technology, Part 3, Editors Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Mary Ellen Mogee, Roberta A. Schoen, National Academies Press, 1993, ISBN 978-0-309-04833-0
  • "Towards More Sensible Anti-circumvention Regulations", Financial cryptography: 4th international conference, FC 2000, Editor Yair Frankel, Springer, 2001, ISBN 978-3-540-42700-1
  • "'The New Economy', and Information Technology Policy", American economic policy in the 1990s, Editors Jeffrey A. Frankel, Peter R. Orszag, MIT Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-262-56151-8
  • Peter S. Menell, Mark A. Lemley, Robert P. Merges, Pamela Samuelson, Software and Internet law, Editor Mark A. Lemley, Aspen Publishers, 2003, ISBN 978-0-7355-3654-8
  • "Should economics play a role in copyright law and policy?", Developments in the economics of copyright: research and analysis, Editors Lisa Takeyama, Wendy J. Gordon, Ruth Towse, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005, ISBN 978-1-84376-930-9
  • "Challenges in Mapping the Public Domain", The future of the public domain: identifying the commons in information law, Editors Lucie M. C. R. Guibault, P. B. Hugenholtz, Kluwer Law International, 2006, ISBN 978-90-411-2435-7


  1. ^ "Pamela Samuelson". UC Berkeley School of Information.
  2. ^ Harvard Law School. "Faculty Profiles". Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  3. ^ "Pamela Samuelson".
  4. ^ Meredith May (31 May 2014). "New Authors Alliance wants to ease some copyright rules". SFGate.
  5. ^ Markoff, John (April 24, 2000). "Compressed Data; Berkeley Law School Plans Clinic on Technology Issues". New York Times. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Brief of Intellectual Property Professors as Amicus Curiae, Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., No. 15-866, 580 U.S. ___ (2017)
  8. ^ "Pamela Samuelson, Legal Scholar".
  9. ^ Hobar, Hector (June 17, 199). "L.A. Playwright Awarded 'Genius Grant'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  10. ^ Fuller, Brian (18 October 2005). "Perlman, Samuelson, Tsao, honored for innovations". EETimes. UBM Electronics. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Individual Profiles & Spotlights".
  12. ^ "Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA)".

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