Our Team

We are a multi-disciplinary team of academics and students in law, data science, and social scientists that conducts research and disseminates data and reports on the Second Chance Gap in expungement and racial disparities in the California Criminal Justice System pursuant to the Racial Justice Act

Colleen Chien

Colleen Chien

Founder and Director

Colleen V. Chien is a Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. She founded and directs the Paper Prisons Initiative. From 2013-2015 she served as White House Senior Advisor on Intellectual Property and Innovation and she currently serves in a part-time capacity as Marian Croak Distinguished Scholar at the USPTO.

Navid Shaghaghi

Navid Shaghaghi

Project Manager

Navid Shaghaghi is a lecturer and researcher in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departments of Computer Science & Engineering (CSEN) and Bioengineering (BIOE) of the School of Engineering, and the department of Information Systems and Analytics (ISA) of the School of Business at Santa Clara University.

Faculty and Advisors

Hithesh

Hithesh Bathala

Advisor

Hithesh Sekhar is a software development engineer at Amazon, an Information Systems M.S. graduate, and alum of the Paper Prisons team who continues to support the project.

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson

Special Advisor

Jessica Jackson is an American human rights attorney and Chief Advocacy Officer at REFORM Alliance. She is also the co-founder of #cut50, a national bipartisan effort aimed at reducing America's incarceration rate. She served as the youngest mayor of the city of Mill Valley.

Ellen Kreitzberg

Ellen Kreitzberg

Faculty Advisor

Ellen Kreitzerg is a Emeritus Professor of Law Santa Clara University, and renowned expert on death penalty abolition research and advocacy.

Adam Osmond

Adam Osmond

Advisor

Adam Osmond, an accountant and data analyst, has spent years collecting and analyzing large public data including criminal data from Connecticut spanning decades. He is passionate about criminal justice reform, as he has witnessed the lasting impact convictions have on the livelihoods of others.

William Sundstrom

William Sundstrom

Faculty Advisor

Dr. William Sundstrom is the Stephen and Patricia Schott Professor of Economics at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. His research interests include poverty and inequality, the economic history of labor markets, education and related institutions, and the economics of race and gender.

David

David Ball

Advisor

David Ball is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara Law and a leading cirminal justice scholar. He is currently Co-Chair of the Corrections Committe of the ABA's Criminal Jutice Section and has been an actor, filmaker, and Rhodes scholar.

Robert Apel

Robert Apel

Advisor

Dr. Robert Apel is a criminologist and Professor at Rutgers University-Newark whose research focuses on the intersection of crime, the justice system, and the labor market.

Jiayu

Jiayu Zhao

Advisor

Jiayu Zhao is a Senior Behavioral Researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. Her research interest is to model, explain, and predict decision-making in complex systems and with information feedback delays.

Matthew Stubenberg

Matthew Stubenberg

Advisor

Matthew Stubenberg is an Innovator in Residence at William S. Richardson School of Law and formerly worked as a researcher at Harvard Law School's Access to Justice Lab. He also created the MDExpungement.com website which has generated over 100,000 petitions for expungement.

Law Team

Rachel

Rachel Nghe

Law Student

Rachel is a third year law student at Santa Clara Law. Prior to law school, she worked at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and at Dropbox as a legal analyst. She has committed her time in school and in her career to DEI and social justice initiatives. She aims to use her legal, technology, and social sector experience to continue to serve minorities and those in need in her community.

Alyssa

Alyssa Aguilar

Law Alumini

Alyssa is a graduate student from Santa Clara Law. She was the Co-President of the school's Internet Law Student Organization and EQSCU, the school's LGBTQIA+ student organization. She is passionate about the intersection of technology and social justice and believes our criminal justice system should be accessible and barrier free for all.

Jenny

Jenny Stukenberg

Law Student

Jenny is a law student at Berkeley Law. Prior to Law School, Jenny had a career in Data Science and spent many years volunteering at immigration non-profits. Jenny is interested in economic justice issues and plans to pursue a career enacting consumer-friendly legislation in California.

Rayon

Rayna Sharon

Law Student

Rayna Saron is a third-year J.D. student at Berkeley Law. She has a background in interdisciplinary research with a focus on implicit racial bias in the criminal legal system. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Legal Studies and Cognitive Science.

Bennett

Bennett Cyphers

Law Student

Bennett Cyphers is a 2nd year law student at Berkeley and a part-time law clerk at the Contra Costa Public Defender's Office. Before that, he was a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he investigated ad tech and government surveillance.

Technology Team: Data Science

Varun

Varun Gujarathi

Graduate Student: CSEN

Varun is a CS graduate student at Santa Clara University. He is an excellent problem solver, interested in building great tech and helping the community with his engineering skills. He loves to play table tennis.

Rutuja

Rutuja Pathade

Graduate Student: MIS

Rutuja is interested in contributing to the community with insights that data brings.

Rohit

Rohit Rathish

Graduate Alumni: CSEN

Rohit is a Computer Science graduate with skills in Data Analytics and Web development.

Shaunak

Shaunak Chaudhary

Graduate Student: CSEN

Shaunak is passionate about applying his technical as well as entrepreneurial skills to develop innovative solutions that can positively impact society.

Seraphima Kassianik

Seraphima Kassianik

Undergraduate Student: CSEN

Sima is a junior studying CS at UC Berkeley.

Technology Team: Website and Tools

Max

Max Calcoen

Highschool Fellow

Max is a high school student who is passionate about how technology can promote social justice. He currently attends Head-Royce School in Oakland as a junior.

Nathan

Nathan Hoffman

Law Student

Nathan is a part time JD candidate with a background in tech who hopes to some day contribute positively to his community via the intersection of law and tech.

Yabo

Yabo Du

Engineer

Yabo has more than 10 years of experience working in software development & project management. He is focusing on high performance distribution systems, large-scale data processing and Web3 technologies. Yabo also loves SUP, pickle ball and swimming.

Akhil

Akhil Raj

Graduate Alumni: CSEN

Akhil is a CS alumnus from Santa Clara University.

Varun

Varun Gujarathi

Graduate Student: CSEN

Varun is a CS graduate student at Santa Clara University. He is an excellent problem solver, interested in building great tech and helping the community with his engineering skills. He loves to play table tennis.

Seraphima Kassianik

Seraphima Kassianik

Undergraduate Student: CSEN

Sima is a junior studying CS at UC Berkeley.

Past members of the team include: Amy Allshouse, Isabella Ang, Nancy Attalla, A Connor Azzarello, Bhagyashri Badgujar, Darshan Bhansali, Ekam Brar, Oswaldo Caballero, Sonya Chalaka, Anthony Chen, Phillip Chin, Jenna Clarck, Nicholas Antonio Cortes, Kritin Dhoka, Charles Duggan, Eli Edwards, Vidhi Gandhi, Chhavi Garg, Alexandra George, Anjali Gupta, Evan Hastings, Soliman Hatef, Jerry Huang, Monica Jain, Heta Joshi, Hubeyb Kabulantok, Jay Kanakiya, Karina Kaypaghian, Arthi Kundadka, Ahmanda Lee, Justin Li, Siyu Liu, Maximilian Lyons, Udisha Madnani, Chelsie Marie Martinez, Nathaniel Metz, Celeste Munoz, Serena Natt, Kiara Navarro, Theodore Nguyen, Ju Young Park, Prajakta Pingale, Pooja Prashar, Sameeksha Raj, Krishan Ranjan, Obie Reynolds, Antonio Reza, Martin Rios-Cardenas, Laxmi Samala, Sarah-Mae Sanchez, Emma Schechter, Srihari Shekhar, Shubham Shinde, Ekam Singh, Apoorva Srinivas, Nivedita Thapa, Gwynneth Thomas, Samuel Whalen, Graeme Warren, Sharine Xuan, Darren C. Yang

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