Tech Advisory Board

The Tech Advisory Board is made up of defense attorneys, academics, and technologists who help ensure that Fourth Amendment case law evolves to keep pace with emerging technologies.

Tech Advisory Board

E.G. "Gerry" Morris (Chair)
The Law Office of E.G. Morris 

Catherine Crump
UC Berkeley, School of Law

Nicole DeBorde
Hochglaube & DeBorde P.C.

Hanni Fakhoury
Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California

Shazzie Naseem
Berkowitz Oliver LLP

Harlan Yu

About the Board

E.G. "Gerry" Morris (Chair) 

Austin, Texas based criminal defense lawyer, E. G. "Gerry" Morris, has since 1977 represented individuals accused of state and federal crimes, both in trial and on appeal. He is Board Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been elected by other criminal defense attorneys to leadership positions in both state and national organizations. He served as president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association during the 1997-98 term. He also was a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2015-2016 and remains a member of the board of directors.

The legal community as a whole has, through peer rating, given him recognition as being among the top lawyers in the state. Perhaps the best-known trial in which Mr. Morris was involved was the "Branch Davidian Trial." In that case Mr. Morris won an acquittal on all charges for his client.

Catherine Crump 

Catherine Crump is a Clinical Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, School of Law, where she directs the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Her advocacy and research focus on the impact of new technologies on civil liberties and the justice system. Crump’s civil liberties advocacy focuses on uncovering information about how law enforcement agencies deploy surveillance technology and promoting expansive protections for privacy and free speech in the face of increasingly advanced technologies. Crump’s work also examines how technology is reshaping the justice system, from the investigative phase through trial to post-conviction supervision.

Crump has litigated cases on behalf of clients in numerous federal district and appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court. She has also testified before Congress, the European Parliament, and various state legislatures and municipal bodies. She appears regularly in the news media, and her TED talk on automatic license plate readers has been viewed nearly 2 million times.

Crump’s scholarly agenda examines deployments of surveillance technology on the ground by state and local justice agencies. She seeks to harness the details of how surveillance is governed and deployed to inform broader theoretical debates about surveillance, liberty, and democratic accountability. Her article, Surveillance Policy Making by Procurement, appeared in the Washington Law Review. Her article Tracking the Trackers: An Examination of Electronic Monitoring of Youth in Practice, was published by the UC Davis Law Review.
Prior to joining the Berkeley Law faculty, Crump spent nearly nine years at the American Civil Liberties Union. Before that, she clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

Nicole DeBorde 

Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube is an experienced criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer handling state and federal criminal matters at all phases from investigation through trial and post-conviction and parole. She served as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 1994 through 2002. In private practice as a criminal defense lawyer since 2002, her experience brings valuable knowledge of criminal law from both sides of the fence allowing her to successfully solve her client’s problems in the most complex cases as well as the most basic.

DeBorde can often be seen in her role as legal analyst on major national networks, including Fox, CNN and MSNBC as well as frequent speaking engagements. She has served the criminal law bar in her capacity as Houston Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Procedure Section Chair, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association Board Member, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project Board Member, former President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and Inns of Court. She has been honored with a variety of awards and recognition including, 2006 President’s Award recipient from HCCLA; She has been selected by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer several years running and her firm has the highest rating, AV, given by the legal directory Martindale-Hubbell. After several years’ recognition by U.S. News and World Reports for inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America list, she was selected by Best Lawyers as 2017’s Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense for the Houston area. Recently, she proudly assisted as an Associate Producer for the documentary film An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association where she is a member of the White Collar, Election and Amicus Committees. She is also Co-Chair of The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Strike Force providing assistance and representation to criminal defense lawyers across the state facing persecution in the course of representation of the accused.

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Hanni Fakhoury

Hanni M. Fakhoury is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Oakland, California. Before joining the federal public defender's office in 2015, Hanni was a Staff Attorney and then Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”) in San Francisco from 2011 to 2015. At EFF, Hanni focused on electronic search and seizure, surveillance technologies and cybercrime issues in domestic criminal investigations. Hanni has handled all aspects of federal criminal litigation, including pretrial motions to suppress and dismiss, bench and jury trials and writing and arguing appeals. He has also written numerous amicus briefs in state and federal courts, and presented at over 75 legal conferences for federal and state judges and the criminal defense bar. Hanni began his career at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., where he worked as a trial attorney from 2007 to 2011. Hanni received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree with distinction from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.

Shazzie Naseem 

Shazzie Naseem concentrates his practice in the areas of complex federal white collar criminal defense and general business litigation. Prior to joining Berkowitz Oliver LLP in 2006, Shazzie served on active duty for six years as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps). During his tenure with the military, he litigated to verdict variously contested courts-martial involving violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He represented hundreds of military personnel throughout various stages of internal investigations, inspector general requests, and administrative boards. In 2004, Shazzie was selected by his Command to act as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California for Naval Base Ventura County where he prosecuted violations of both federal and state law.

Shazzie uses the judgment, skill, and versatility obtained during his tenure as both trial and defense counsel to assist individuals and companies of all sizes in responding to criminal and regulatory investigations brought by federal, state, and local authorities. He has counseled numerous companies and individuals on investigation responses to various governmental inquiries and has extensive experience in the field of electronic information collection, review, and production to government agencies. Although he has broad experience trying cases to full verdicts before both judges and juries, Shazzie also routinely represents business clients at a range of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings, including representation of commercial interests that come before the American Arbitration Association.

Shazzie serves as a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Additionally, he travels the country as a faculty member for the Administrative Office of the United States District Courts Office of Defender Services Training Branch Law and Technology Series, which trains lawyers and paralegals on the successful use and implementation of technology in the practice of law. Shazzie received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion from Truman State University in 1997 and graduated from The University of Notre Dame Law School in 2000.

Harlan Yu 

Harlan Yu is the Executive Director of Upturn. Based in Washington D.C., Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology. Recently, Harlan has focused on the impact of emerging technologies in policing and criminal justice, such as body-worn cameras, and in particular their disproportionate effects on communities of color. Harlan has extensive experience working at the intersection of technology and policy. He has previously worked at Google in both engineering and public policy roles, as a technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Prior to founding Upturn, his research and projects focused on open government, consumer privacy, and electronic voting. Harlan holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley. He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

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