Allen S. Hammond

Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Chair and Professor of Law, and Director of the Broadband Institute of California

Professor Allen Hammond IV is a well-regarded scholar and professor of law. He holds the Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Chair at Santa Clara University and is director of the Law and Public Policy Program at SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. A professor at Santa Clara University School of Law since 1998, he currently serves as director of the Broadband  Institute of California. He is the author of many articles and the editor, with Barbara S. Cherry and Stephen S. Wildman, of Making Universal Service Policy: Enhancing the Process Through Multidisciplinary Evaluation (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999).

His prior positions include: attorney at the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy and program manager at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (1977-79); general counsel for WJLA-TV (1979-82); consultant and lecturer at Howard University (1982-83); visiting associate professor at Syracuse University College of Law (1983-85); senior attorney at the Media Access Project (1983-85); senior attorney at MCI Communications Corporation/Satellite Business Systems (1985-87); associate general counsel at MCI Communications Corporation (1988-89); associate director and later director of New York Law School’s Communications Media Center; and associate professor and later professor of Law at New York Law School (1989-1997).

Recent Commentary

Amicus brief to U.S. Supreme Court on FCC v. Prometheus Radio Broadcasters

California Passes New Law Preserving Fair and Open Access to the Internet – article in Illuminate, Santa Clara University’s thought leader blog, September 25, 2018

Amicus Curiae Brief (friend of the court) with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Net Neutrality Appeal

Allegations of false comments based on identity theft and criminal impersonation submitted in the FCC’s Net Neutrality Proceeding must be investigated


J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law

M.A., Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Grinnel College

Areas of Specialization

Mass Communications, Cyberspace Law, Contracts Law, Telecommunications Law

Affiliations and Honors

  • President, Alliance for Public Technology
  • Former Chair and Member,
    AT&T Telecommunications Consumer Advisory Panel