The External Advisory Board of the School of Information is composed of nationally recognized information experts from business and academia who provide counsel on a wide range of issues affecting the future of UMSI, from curriculum development to research initiatives.
Pamela Samuelson is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw, and information policy. She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies pose for traditional legal regimes, especially for intellectual property law. She currently serves as the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information for the University of California at Berkeley and the Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
Samuelson is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Since 1990, she has been a contributing editor of Communications of the ACM, a computing professionals journal noted for its coverage of existing and emerging technologies, for which she has written over 60 “Legally Speaking” columns. She is a fellow of the Center for Democracy and Technology, past fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an honorary professor of the University of Amsterdam. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Source Application Foundation and on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
She joined the Berkeley faculty in 1996 from her position as professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. At Berkeley, she holds a joint appointment at the Law School and the School of Information. She has been a visiting law professor at several universities including Columbia, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, and NYU.
The Anita Borg Institute honored Samuelson with its Women of Vision Award for Social Impact in 2005, and the public interest organization Public Knowledge awarded her its IP3 Award for her contributions to Internet law and policy in October 2010.
A graduate of the University of Hawaii and Yale Law School, Samuelson practiced law as a litigation associate with the New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher before turning to academic pursuits.