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Pam Samuelson at the 2005 Where 2.0 Conference

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] 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]

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 and is an advisor for the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, which she established in 2000 with her husband, Bob Glushko. 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 and received the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact in 2005.[5] 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]

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. She has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 1996.

On November 2, 2015, Samuelson gave the Brace Lecture (named for publisher Donald Brace), an annual address by a distinguished figure in the field of domestic copyright law, at Fordham University School of Law.[7]

In 2016, Samuelson cosigned an amicus curiae brief for "Intellectual Property Professors" in support of Star Athletica in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands.[8]


  • "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".
  3. ^ "Pamela Samuelson".
  4. ^ Meredith May (31 May 2014). "New Authors Alliance wants to ease some copyright rules". SFGate.
  5. ^ Fuller, Brian (18 October 2005). "Perlman, Samuelson, Tsao, honored for innovations". EETimes. UBM Electronics. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
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  7. ^ "Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA)".
  8. ^ Brief of Intellectual Property Professors as Amicus Curiae, Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., No. 15-866, 580 U.S. ___ (2017)

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