Rebecca Wexler is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she teaches, researches, and writes on issues concerning data, technology, and criminal justice. Her work has focused on evidence law, criminal procedure, privacy, and intellectual property protections surrounding new data-driven criminal justice technologies. She is also a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
Professor Wexler’s research includes Life Liberty and Trade Secrets: Intellectual Property in the Criminal Justice System, The Stanford Law Review (2018); Technology’s Continuum: Body Cameras, Data Collection, and Constitutional Searches, in Visual Imagery and Human Rights Practice (2018); Gags as Guidance: Expanding Notice of National Security Letter Investigations to Targets and the Public, The Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2016); The Private Life of DRM: How Fundamental Rights Frame Copyright Enforcement Reform, The Yale Journal of Law & Technology (2015); and Warrant Canaries and Disclosure by Design: The Real Threat to National Security Letter Gag Orders, The Yale Law Journal Forum (2014). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Monthly, and Slate, and been featured on NPR’s The Takeaway.
Before joining Berkeley Law, Professor Wexler clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2017-2018) and for Judge Katherine Polk Failla of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2018-2019). She has worked as a Yale Public Interest Fellow at The Legal Aid Society’s criminal defense practice; a Lawyer-in-Residence at The Data and Society Research Institute; a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project; a Visiting Scholar at the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law; a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University; and a Legal Intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Professor Wexler is a graduate of Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Nathan Burkan Prize for Best Paper in the Field of Copyright Law, and received the Miller Prize for Best Paper Concerning the Bill of Rights two years in a row. While at Yale, she served as a Forum Editor for The Yale Law Journal. She is a member of the New York bar.
Prior to attending law school, Rebecca made documentary films for national broadcast television, museums, and educational distribution. She was a 2012 Senior Fulbright Advanced Research and Lecturing Scholar in Sri Lanka. From 2010-2011, she co-founded and served as instructor for the Yale Visual Law Project.