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To: Saskia Mills <saskia@calvoter.org>
From: Kim Alexander <kimalex@calvoter.org>
Subject: Re: Daily Journal Article
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Saskia,

Can you clean up this article to put up on CVF in the News? Thanks!

Kim

P.S. It was published last Friday in the Daily Journal

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> DAILY JOURNAL NEWSWIRE ARTICLE <br>http://www.dailyjournal.com <br>© 2001
> The Daily Journal Corporation. <br>All rights reserved.
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> <br><br><br><br>
>
> November 09, 2001 <br><br>
>
> PUBLIC POLICY FOR PRIVACY RIGHTS
> <br>
>
> <font size=-1>
> <B>PROFILE</b><br>
> <b>Deirdre Kathleen Mulligan</b><br>
> <b>Title:</b> Acting Clinical Professor and Director of Samuelson Law,
> Technology and Public Policy Clinic, Boalt Hall <br>
> <b>Appointed:</b> January 2001<br>
> <b>Career Highlights:</b> Staff Counsel, Center for Democracy and
> Technology, Washington, D.C., 1994-2001; Law Clerk, Privacy and Technology
> Project, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington D.C., 1992-1994.<br>
> <b>Law School:</b> Georgetown University Law Center, 1994<br>
> <b>Age:</b> 35<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>
> <center></font><font size=-1><b>By Linda Rapattoni</center>
> <center></font><font size=-1></b>Daily Journal Staff Writer</center>
> </font><font
> size=-1>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;BERKELEY - As a
> young girl, the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy
> Clinic at Boalt Hall was willing to stand up - and sometimes sit down - for
> what she thought was fair and right.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"My mother tells a story
> about getting called down to school," Deirdre Mulligan said. "She got on
> the phone with the principal and asked, 'Why?' And he said, 'Deirdre is
> sitting on the kickball in the middle of the playground and she won't let
> the other kids play with it.'"<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"She said, 'Well, did you
> ask her why?' He said 'Yeah, well apparently they won't let the girls
> play,' and she said, 'Well, I guess you're going to have to go negotiate
> with her. Of course, the girls should be able to play.'"<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"I think my parents
> instilled a pretty strong sense of what was right and wrong and fairness,"
> Mulligan said.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In her office at UC
> Berkeley, Mulligan is still breaking new ground. The clinic is one of the
> first in the country to offer students a chance to help represent citizens
> whose online First Amendment rights are being threatened. They also are
> working on a Web site concerning free speech on the Internet and are
> applying the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to international treaties.
> Other projects include a proceeding to limit government interception of
> Internet data for law enforcement investigations, and a task force to
> inform the public of the social impact of technology standards.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mulligan arrived in
> California a year ago after working on privacy and technology projects and
> legislation in Washington, D.C.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"I have a lot of
> aspirations for the clinic," Mulligan said in a recent interview. "I want
> it to be one of the leading ones in this area. We had a meeting in
> September with various clinics doing work in this area on how we can
> collaborate. I want to have a network of institutions based in higher
> learning helping students and faculty and supporting the work of various
> organizations representing the public interest."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mulligan was born in 1966
> in Brooklyn. When she was five, her parents - Margaret, a nurse, and
> Stephen, a social worker - moved to the suburbs of Suffolk County. It was
> there, while university students around the country were staging anti-war
> protests, that she staged her kickball sit-down.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She began playing soccer at
> 10, but she had to play on the boys' team because there were no girls'
> teams. She and others petitioned the school board to form new teams, but it
> wasn't until two years later, as parents began grumbling about their sons
> sitting on the bench while girls usurped their spots on the field that the
> board relented.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;When she was 15, Mulligan
> began coaching soccer to players ranging from preschoolers to adult women.
> She discovered she liked teaching.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"Helping people master a
> skill or concept and helping people visualize, then achieve, what they want
> to do is really rewarding," she said.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She parlayed her soccer
> skills into several college scholarship offers, including one from Smith
> College in Massachusetts, where she became captain of the varsity soccer
> team.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Deciding she was not quite
> fast enough to make soccer a professional career, Mulligan pursued a degree
> in art and architecture. But by her senior year she had lost interest in
> the drafting table because she felt she would lose connection to her art as
> people intervened to shape the project.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She took a few education
> classes toward a career as an art teacher, until someone suggested she
> teach law because there were fewer female teachers in the field.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;After graduating from
> Smith, Mulligan worked for the Arnold & Porter law firm and taught at
> after-school art programs for poor children. The experience convinced her
> she could solve some of the world's problems faster by pushing public
> policy than by working for a public-interest law firm.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;So she entered Georgetown
> University's public interest law scholars program. She immediately began
> looking for a mentor, and latched onto Janlori Goldman, now director of the
> Health Privacy Project at the university's Institute for Health Care
> Research and Policy.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In 1993, Mulligan was a
> summer associate in employment discrimination at the Washington Lawyers
> Committee for Civil Rights, in international tax law at the firm of Miller
> & Chevalier, and in privacy and technology at the ACLU. She dug into
> privacy and security issues in health care, wrote briefs and legal
> memoranda, and spoke before Congress about civil liberty issues in federal
> legislation.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The following year she got
> her law degree cum laude. Although she loved her work at the ACLU, she
> needed to pay off her tuition bills, so she followed Goldman to the
> Electronic Frontier Foundation.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"She was so unusually
> bright and thoughtful and hardworking," Goldman said. "She was trying to
> mix the law with philosophy ... and looking to use the law for social
> change."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A few months later, the
> policy staff at EFF split off and formed the Center for Democracy and
> Technology. Goldman was a co-founder, while Mulligan worked to improve
> legal and technical protections for individual privacy.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"Her role was critical from
> the beginning," Goldman said. "She has a way, quite rare these days, of
> persuading people ... who take the opposite view. Part of it is her grasp
> of technology so she can talk on different levels with people. She is
> really engaging and can listen well and learn about all sides of an
> issue."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"This is all uncharted
> territory," Goldman added. "She picked a perfect field to go into to play
> out her strengths."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;As staff counsel at the
> Center for Democracy and Technology, Mulligan worked on the World Wide Web
> Consortium's Platform for Privacy Preferences; the W3C, as it is known, is
> an international organization promoting Internet access, and its platform
> is a device by which a particular site's privacy policies are compared to
> those of the user, who is then notified in case of a mismatch that could
> result in an invasion of the user's privacy.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mulligan's technology work
> gained attention and she was invited to participate in a number of
> workshops sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"Deirdre was only one of a
> handful of privacy advocates in a room of about 30 industry people,"
> recalled David Medine, an FTC counsel who chaired its Advisory Committee on
> Access and Security.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"If I were to describe her
> performance it would be tenacity with style," Medine said. "She more than
> held her ground, but did it in a forceful but non-confrontational way. It
> was a challenge for me to chair. All had strongly held views."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"When I was in the Clinton
> White House as privacy counsel, I spoke often with Deirdre and valued her
> advice," said Peter Swire, a visiting professor from Ohio State University
> at George Washington Law School.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"She was somebody I would
> call for insights," said Swire, former chief counselor for privacy in the
> U.S. Office of Management & Budget.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;While at the Center for
> Democracy and Technology, Mulligan married Benjamin Tice Smith whom she had
> met during a soccer game while she was in law school. He was her
> boyfriend's best friend.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"We both went up for a head
> ball and I knocked him blind," Mulligan said. "At that point he realized I
> had a very hard head."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;When Smith got a job offer
> as photo editor of the magazine Business 2.0, the couple moved to the Bay
> Area. Mulligan began job hunting.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She was attracted to the
> Berkeley job because it enabled her to combine her interest in education
> with her desire to push public policy in technology.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She started the clinic in
> January, just one month after giving birth to daughter Marlene. A few
> months later, she used her vacation time to study for the State Bar exam,
> which she took in July. The results will be released this month.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In September, Mulligan was
> elected to the board of California Voter Foundation, which publishes a Web
> site informing the public about political campaigns, campaign financing and
> voting issues.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"We are in the thick of
> some very difficult policy issues in government right now," said Kim
> Alexander, president of the foundation. "Security, technology and privacy
> are all merging. Deirdre is mindful of those cutting-edge issues and very
> thoughtful and informed about them. Everyone in this area trusts and
> respects her enormously."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mulligan helped the
> foundation draft a response to the Federal Election Commission's proposed
> regulations on political activity on the Internet. She cautioned against
> adopting rules that would require individuals with Web sites advocating a
> political stance to register as political committees.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"The FEC just came out with
> new rules and they made it clear that won't be considered," Alexander said.
> "That was a big victory for free speech."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Berkeley law professor Pam
> Samuelson, Mulligan's boss, described her as "very smart, very shrewd, very
> engaging ... a person with a great heart."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"She doesn't do this just
> because it's interesting or because it's important, but because she cares,"
> Samuelson said. "I thought she would be an entrepreneurial kind of director
> - not just sit in an office, teach students and think deep thoughts."<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mulligan is living up to
> those hopes, Samuelson said, by arranging projects for her students,
> organizing conferences and workshops, and fostering cooperation in
> technology and law with other schools.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Meanwhile, Mulligan's
> passion for soccer has not waned. It's just been thwarted.<br>
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"I injured my good knee
> playing when I was six-plus months pregnant," Mulligan said. "I haven't had
> follow-up rehab or surgery, so right now I'm on the bench. But I fully
> intend to be back on the field soon." <br>
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> California Voter Foundation
> kimalex@calvoter.org, (916) 452-7706
> http://www.calvoter.org
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Deirdre K. Mulligan
Acting Clinical Prof. and Director
Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy clinic
Boalt Hall
University of California
392 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

v 510.642.0499
f 510.643.4625
dmulligan@law.berkeley.edu

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