Samantha Hamilton

Starting in August 2020, Samantha Hamilton is the First Amendment Clinic Legal Fellow.  She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, in May 2020 with certificates in Law & Technology and Social Justice & Public Interest.  During law school, she interned with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project in New York, where she supported litigation efforts related to searches of electronic devices at the border and criminal law questions in the Supreme Court case U.S. v. Carpenter.  She also interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, focusing on when surveillance of online speech rises to the level of a First Amendment harm and when copyright claims are used to stifle political speech.  During a third internship with the First Amendment Project, she advised journalists and protestors on public records, defamation, and fair use.  

While a student with the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, Hamilton co-wrote an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the software copyright case Oracle v. Google. She also wrote a thesis under the supervision of copyright scholar Pamela Samuelson on First Amendment and copyright concerns affecting journalists’ uses of media obtained on public social networking platforms.

Hamilton earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Modern Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2016.