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.




Betty Chang Rowe, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Innovation Law.  Betty Chang Rowe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Innovation Law. She works closely with Professor Robin Feldman to prepare amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court (and other federal courts) on matters involving intellectual property law.  Betty also provides legal research, analysis and drafting for Professor Feldman's work before Congressional sub-committees and regulatory agencies as well as for law review articles.  Prior to joining the Institute, Betty was a litigation attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in the Silicon Valley, and before that, a partner at a major law firm in Miami.  Her early career included a judicial clerkship at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Currently, Betty also serves as a lecturer at law at Stanford Law School on federal litigation.



Andrew Cordova, Program Associate, Institute for Innovation Law | Andrew Cordova is a 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.



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.