Directors & Staff

Small SmilingProfessor Robin Feldman, Director, Institute for Innovation Law | 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 for The Honorable Joseph Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Feldman specializes in Law and Science and is the Director of the Institute for Innovation Law. Professor Feldman’s first book, The Role of Science in Law, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. Her second book, Rethinking Patent Law was published by Harvard University Press in 2012. Her articles have appeared in journals at law schools including Georgetown, Stanford, Texas, USC, UCLA and Virginia. Professor Feldman has received the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence. Her piece, Patent and Antitrust: Differing Shades of Meaning, was judged one of the best intellectual property articles published in the United States in 2008. Professor Feldman has chaired the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Association of Law Schools. In 2007, she served as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.


170db74Alice Armitage, Associate Professor & Director, Startup Legal Garage | Alice is the Associate Professor in charge of the fieldwork component of the Startup Legal Garage. She is a Yale Law School alumna (Class of ’80) and the first woman Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.  Her early career included years at Arnold & Porter and the Treasury Department, and she has taught as an adjunct at UCLA. More recently, Alice was founder and CEO of a mobile safety app startup and has provided consulting  for other startup companies.



Drew Amerson, Program Manager, Startup Legal Garage | Drew is in charge of recruiting startups, cultivating partnerships with law firms and supporting law students in their placements. He is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia Law School. After law school, Drew completed a fellowship with the National Center on Poverty Law and worked as a business litigator with firms in Chicago and San Francisco. More recently, he founded a legal tech company that matched freelance attorneys with companies and law firms.


cw-uc-hastings-headshot-copyConnie Wang, Research Fellow, Institute for Innovation Law | Connie Wang is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Innovation Law. She works closely with Professor Robin Feldman on research and writing related to intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Connie graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, receiving bachelor’s degrees with distinction in psychology and political science. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year and received the Arthur Twining Hadley Prize at commencement, which is awarded annually to the Yale College senior in the social sciences who ranks the highest in scholarship. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, she is spending a year at the Institute before starting at Stanford Law School in fall 2017.