Susan P. Crawford

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Susan P. Crawford (b. 1963) is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She has served as President Barack Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and is a columnist for ‘Bloomberg View.’

She is a former Board Member of ICANN (which regulates the Internet), the founder of OneWebDay (an annual day of Internet celebration and awareness held on September 22), and a legal scholar. Her research focuses on telecommunications and information law.

Crawford grew up in Santa Monica, where she attended Santa Monica High School, and played violin in the orchestra. While at Yale, Crawford was the principal violist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and continues her daily practice and occasionally performs publicly. Crawford holds a B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a law clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to become a professor. After first teaching at Cardozo School of Law in NYC, Crawford became a visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School in the fall of 2007.

After visiting at Yale Law School in the spring of 2008, she was admitted to the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School. In 2010 Crawford rejoined the faculty at Cardozo, and also commenced as a Visiting Research Collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton. For calendar year 2012, Crawford will visit Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as the Stanton Professor of the First Amendment and also be a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Crawford and Kevin Werbach served on the Federal Communications Commission Review team in the Obama transition. In early 2009 Crawford was appointed the President’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. In October 2009 it was announced that she would step down when her one year sabbatical from the University of Michigan ended in January 2010. In 2011 Crawford was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg’s Council on Technology and Innovation.

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