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.



JillJill Bronfman, Adjunct Professor & Program Director, Privacy and Technology ProjectJill Bronfman was named to The Recorder’s 2014 list of 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law. Before arriving at Hastings, Jill was an Assistant General Counsel and Network Security and Privacy Subject Matter Expert for Verizon. At Verizon, she designed and moderated several in-house training programs in data security, compliance, and intellectual property. She also taught at San Francisco State University, including developing a new advanced seminar in Mobile Communications.




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.




Andrew Cordova, Program Associate, Institute for Innovation Law | Andrew Cordova is the Program Associate at the Institute for Innovation Law. He works closely with Professor Robin Feldman on administrative tasks and academic research papers related to intellectual property. He  graduated with distinction from Yale University with a B.A. in history and was awarded the Dupuy Graduation Prize for Scholarship. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and enjoys the great outdoors.



EvanEvan Frondorf, Research Fellow, Institute for Innovation Law | Evan Frondorf is a Research Fellow at UC Hastings’ Institute for Innovation Law, where he works on research projects related to patents, pharmaceuticals, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. His empirical paper, “Patent Demands and Initial Public Offerings,” co-authored with Professor Robin Feldman, has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Stanford Technology Law Review. “Drug Wars: A New Generation of Generic Pharmaceutical Delay,” also co-authored with Professor Feldman, is forthcoming in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a B.A. in economics.


UntitledGrace Bradshaw, Program Associate, Startup Legal Garage | 
Grace Bradshaw is the Program Associate for the Startup Legal Garage. Prior to joining the Institute for Innovation Law at UC Hastings, she spent a year working with smallholder farmers in rural Tanzania. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management and is originally from Syracuse, New York.




Jonathan Cohen, Manager, Institute for Innovation Law | Jonathan Cohen is the Manager of UC Hastings' Institute for Innovation Law. He works closely with Professors Feldman, Armitage, and Bronfman, assisting with both the Startup Legal Garage and the Privacy and Technology Project. Hailing from Staten Island, NY, he is a recent graduate of Brown University, with an A.B. in Africana Studies and an A.B. in Public Policy and American Institutions (PPAI).