Affiliated Faculty


Small SmilingProfessor Robin Feldman
Director, Institute for Innovation Law

Harry & Lillian Hastings Chair Director
Professor Feldman received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, graduating the Order of the Coif and receiving the Urban A. Sontheimer Award for graduating second in the class. She also served in the Articles Department of the Stanford Law Review. After graduation, Professor Feldman clerked...Read More


AlinaProfessor Alina Ball
Professor Alina Ball directs the Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic.  The clinic prepares students for a career in corporate law and provides them an opportunity to critically explore how transactional lawyering can advance issues of economic and social justice. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Hastings, she was a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the...Read More


AbrahamProfessor Abraham Cable
Abe Cable joined the Hastings faculty in 2011. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2000, where he served as an editor and member of the articles committee on the Harvard Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty at Hastings, he was a partner at Miller Nash LLP, in Portland, Oregon. In ten years of practice he worked on a broad range of matters, including...Read More


JohnProfessor John Crawford
John Crawford joined the Hastings faculty in 2011, after serving as a lecturer and teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. Prior to his fellowship, he worked as a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Read More


BenProfessor Ben Depoorter
Ben Depoorter is a graduate of Yale Law School (L.L.M., J.S.D.). He also holds a JD (1999) and PhD (2003) from Ghent University and a Master's degree from the University of Hamburg (2001). He completed his studies at Yale Law School (2003) on a full scholarship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF). As an Oscar Cox Fellow at Yale, Depoorter served as an editor of the...Read More


LotharLothar Determann
Lothar Determann practices and teaches international technology, commercial and intellectual property law. As a partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP in Palo Alto, California, Lothar Determann’s practice covers counseling companies on taking their products, data, intellectual property and contracts international, as well as related commercial and...Read More


JeffreyProfessor Jeffrey Lefstin
Jeffrey Lefstin teaches and writes about patent and intellectual property law. He joined the Hastings faculty in 2003 after serving as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, III, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. Prior to his clerkship, he practiced patent and antitrust law with the biotechnology and litigation groups at...Read More


JeffreyProfessor Chris Mammen
Professor Christian E. Mammen is an experienced litigator who focuses on patents and related intellectual property litigation.  He teaches courses in IP- and litigation-related subjects. Dr. Mammen earned his law degree from Cornell Law School. Following law school, Dr. Mammen earned a doctorate in jurisprudence from Oxford University. His scholarly dissertation was published in 2002, entitled...Read More


MelissaProfessor Melissa Nelken
Professor Nelken co-founded and is Faculty Chair of the Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR). She is the author and co-author of books and articles on negotiation and has taught both trial advocacy and negotiation in continuing legal education programs around the country. A practicing psychoanalyst for over 20 years, she has also...Read More


SheilaProfessor Sheila Purcell
Sheila Purcell is the Director of UC Hastings’ Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. She teaches ADR Systems Design at UC Hastings and has taught ADR Policy classes both at Hastings and Berkeley Law School since 1996. Prior to joining Hastings she designed and directed the Multi-option ADR Project at the San Mateo Superior Court, involving distinct programs for...Read More