John Byrd Martin Chair of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
Andrea L. Dennis is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development & John Byrd Martin Chair of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. Her scholarship explores criminal defense, race and criminal justice, criminal informants, and the cradle-to-prison pipeline. She has written extensively about America’s reliance on Black informants to police and socially control Black people during slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Wars on Drugs, Crime, and Gangs, and how these histories should inform our understanding of modern-day policing practices. Most recently, the American Constitution Society published her essay “Mass Surveillance and Black Legal History.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation Policy Analyst
Matthew Guariglia is an affiliated Scholar in the Institute of Criminal Justice at the University of California, Hastings School of Law, where he focuses on the history of U.S. policing. His work interweaves the histories of policing, U.S. state power at home and abroad, incarceration, surveillance, bureaucracy, and intersections of state power with race, gender, ethnicity, immigration, and sexuality. Matthew also serves as a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation where he works on issues of surveillance and privacy at the local, state, and federal level.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Tufts University
Daanika Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. Her research explores the intersections of race, place, and the law, and her current project analyzes the relationships between racial segregation and policing to describe how the police respond to and shape unequal urban landscapes. Her research has appeared in journals including Law & Social Inquiry, Sociological Perspectives, Socius, and The South Carolina Law Review.
Nathan Freed Wessler
Deputy Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Nathan Freed Wessler is a deputy director of the national ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, where he focuses on litigation and advocacy around surveillance and privacy issues, including government searches of electronic devices, requests for sensitive data held by third parties, and use of surveillance technologies. In 2017, he argued Carpenter v. United States in the U.S. Supreme Court, a case that established that the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement to get a search warrant before requesting cell phone location data from a person’s cellular service provider.
Clinical Professor of Law & Director of Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Catherine Crump is director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law and has previously served as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Catherine’s advocacy focuses on protecting privacy and free speech and ensuring that new technologies are integrated into the criminal legal system with attention to equity and accuracy. Her piece “Surveillance Policy Making By Procurement” documented the ways in which federal grants for surveillance technology subvert local democratic control of policing.
Executive Director at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law
Emily Tucker is the Executive Director at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where she also teaches courses on surveillance and civil rights. The Center conducts research and engages in advocacy to expose and mitigate the impact of surveillance on historically marginalized communities. Before joining Georgetown Emily worked for a decade as a movement lawyer supporting grassroots organizations in campaigns for immigrant rights and racial justice. She is a 2021 Soros Justice Fellow.
Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Elizabeth Joh is Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and policing. Professor Joh has spent the past two decades researching and writing on the intersection of technological innovation and police practices and has written widely about emerging policing, technology, and surveillance. Her research focuses on the regulation of the police, with special emphasis on undercover operations, DNA evidence collection, and new surveillance technologies.
Counsel Representing Detroit Will Breathe
Jack Schulz is an attorney serving as co-lead counsel representing Detroit Will Breathe and fourteen individual plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the City of Detroit and several individual defendants arising from excessive police brutality against Black Lives Matter protestors who have marched against disproportionate police violence against citizens of color. Jack has recently been appointed a member of the Lawyers’ Committee of the ACLU of Michigan and the ICLE Litigation Advisory Board. Additionally, he is a previous recipient of the F. Philip Colista Endowed Scholarship for his commitment to the underprivileged and was also selected by the National Labor Relations Board, Region Seven, as the recipient of the Bernard Gottfried Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Labor Law.
Deputy Director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty & National Security Program
Rachel Levinson-Waldman serves as deputy director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty & National Security Program, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. She is active on issues related to policing and technology and provides commentary on law enforcement access to social media, predictive policing, body cameras, license plate readers, and other types of surveillance technologies deployed in public, as well as the federal government’s use of surveillance technologies and information collection in the immigration context.
Albert Fox Cahn
Founder and Executive Director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Albert Fox Cahn is the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project’s ( S.T.O.P.’s) founder and executive director. He is also a Practitioner-in-Residence at N.Y.U Law School’s Information Law Institute and a fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, Ashoka, and New Profit’s Civic Lab. Albert started S.T.O.P. with the belief that emerging surveillance technologies pose an unprecedented threat to civil rights and the promise of a free society. He is a frequent commentator on civil rights, privacy, and technology matters.
Co-Founder and Executive Director at MPower Change
Linda Sarsour is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Linda has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading NYC force of activists, formerly incarcerated individuals, and artists working to reform the New York Police Department and the criminal justice system. Linda was the National Co-Chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, dubbed the largest single day protest in US history. She serves on the executive board of Women’s March, Inc. where she focuses on fundraising and direct action planning.
Managing Attorney for Detroit Justice Center
Eric Williams is a managing attorney in the Detroit Justice Center’s Economic Equity Practice. He is also lead attorney of the ACLU of Michigan’s committee that opposes Project Green Light. He previously served as the director of Wayne State University Law School’s Business and Community Law Clinic as well as the Director of the Wayne Law Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law.
Attorney for the San Jose City Attorney’s Office & Contributing Author to Symposium Vol. 55.4
Harvey Gee is an Attorney for the San Jose City Attorney’s Office and contributing author to the Michigan Journal of Law Reform’s Symposium Volume 55.4. His research focuses on issues of technology and police surveillance, Asian American representation, and criminal procedure. He has previously served as an Attorney with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Las Vegas and Pittsburgh, the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, and the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender.
Dr. Chris Gilliard
Community Advisory Board Member, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP)
Dr. Chris Gilliard is a writer, professor and speaker. His scholarship concentrates on digital privacy, and the intersections of race, class, and technology. He is an advocate for critical and equity-focused approaches to tech in education. His work has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Ed, EDUCAUSE Review, Fast Company, Vice, and Real Life Magazine.
Attorney and Organizer, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Shakeer Rahman is a lawyer and community organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. He was previously an Impact Litigation Attorney at The Bronx Defenders, where he worked on systemic lawsuits against police and courts, as well as a law clerk to Judge Beverly Martin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar on the California Supreme Court. Shakeer has written about policing and prisons in the Harvard Law Review, the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Dissent Magazine, the London Review of Books, and Counterpunch. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015 and was a Skadden Fellow from 2017 to 2019. Shakeer is currently a Race & Technology Practitioner Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
Director of the Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jumana Musa is a human rights attorney and racial justice activist. She is currently the Director of the Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where she oversees NACDL’s initiative to build a new, more durable Fourth Amendment legal doctrine for the digital age. The Fourth Amendment Center educates the defense bar on privacy challenges in the digital age, provides a dynamic toolkit of resources to help lawyers identify opportunities to challenge government surveillance, and establishes a tactical litigation support network to assist in key cases.
Professor of Law at Fordham Law School & Director of Center on Race, Law & Justice
Professor Bennett Capers joined Fordham Law School from Brooklyn Law School, and teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. Prior to teaching, Professor Capers spent nearly ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Director of Research for the Uniform Laws Commission, a Senior Technology Fellow at the NYU Policing Project, and has served as Chair of the AALS Criminal Justice Section and Chair of the AALS Law and Humanities Section.
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson
Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson is a professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law. He writes about issues of technology, policing, and civil liberties. Professor Ferguson wrote The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, a book examining the impact of surveillance and analytics on modern policing.
Founder of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Hamid Khan is an organizer and coordinator with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. The mission of the coalition is to build community-based power to dismantle police surveillance, spying, and infiltration programs. The coalition utilizes multiple campaigns to advance an innovative organizing model that is Los Angeles-based but has implications regionally, nationally, and internationally. Hamid also serves on the board of May First Technology, a membership organization that engages in building movements by advancing the strategic use and collective control of technology for local struggles, global transformation, and emancipation without borders.