Directors & Staff

Laura-thumbnailLaura Grant, Executive Director, Institute for Innovation Law. Laura brings a wealth of experience from her time with international law firms Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati as well as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Her recent work has seen her writing appellate briefs to the United States Supreme Court, Federal and California State Courts of Appeal, and Federal government agencies in matters of complex intellectual property. Laura is a proud Hastings alumna (Class of ’86), California native, and mother of two.

Timothy Yim ThumbnailTimothy Yim, Interim Director, Privacy and Technology Project. Timothy focuses on legal research in privacy and early-stage startups in addition to areas that support innovation.  Some of his work explores practicalizing privacy, developing toolkits for developers and founders, and increasing transparency in the privacy policy and legislation landscape. Timothy is the author of Normative Avoision: Revising the Copyright Alert System to Circumvent Normative Backlash (6 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 1) (2014).  He is co-author of Comments on Equity Crowdfunding, submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of Hackers/Founders, the largest community of tech founders in Silicon Valley.  Prior to the Institute, Timothy was a Board Director in an educational nonprofit, consulted in the information technology sector, and externed for Judge Jacqueline Nguyen of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, now sitting for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  (Read more).

Alice Armitage Thumbnail Alice Armitage, Adjunct Professor & Program Director, Startup Legal Garage.  Alice is the Adjunct 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.

Ariane HeadshotAriane Mohamadi, Program Manager, Startup Legal Garage. Ariane is the matchmaker, translator and connector behind the Startup Legal Garage.  She has the unique experience of being an attorney that has also worked for a fast-growing health care startup in operations and business development. As Program Manager, Ariane is the Startup Legal Garage liaison between the two worlds of law and startups. Growing up with parents who were 1st generation immigrant entrepreneurs, she is committed to supporting risk takers and innovators and is passionate about building access for more women and minorities to disrupt the startup status quo. Ariane graduated from UC Berkeley, with distinction and honors and presented findings from her honors thesis: “College Women and Egg Donation: A Prospective Analysis of Understanding and Motivations” to the UC-Berkeley Stem Cell Center in 2006.  She is also a graduate of UC Hastings, cum laude, with a Law and Health Policy Concentration from the UCSF/Hastings Consortium.

Daniel Yosef, Program Associate  Daniel Yosef is the Program Associate at the Institute for Innovation Law. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked as a Project Assistant at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, and, in 2012, he completed a semester of Instensive Spanish at Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nnena HeadshotNnena Ukuku, Affiliated Scholar, Startup Legal Garage.
Nnena Ukuku is an attorney to early stage startups. Nnena has also spoken on issues regarding tech policy (panelist at the Tech Policy Summit), diversity in the Valley (Spoke on NPR and other media outlets). As an Affiliated Scholar, Nnena has been the primary liaison between the Startup Legal Garage and the Valley; she has managed the speaker programming series; and, built the Startup Legal Garage’s panel for the 2013 South by Southwest Conference. In addition, Nnena is the CEO and co-founder of Black Founders Startup Ventures. She helped found Black Founders because she wants to see minorities and women thrive–not simply survive in Silicon Valley. For her work with Black Founders she was named one of Forbes 2012 Women Changing the World: VC/Entrepreneur category.