Now in its 8th year, the Startup Legal Garage, is an innovative program in which law students provide legal work for early stage Tech and BioTech startups. The work is supervised for free by outside law firms, while the professors teach accompanying doctrinal and skills classes. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the program has worked with 65 supervising attorneys and 66 law students, who provided legal work for 65 startup companies.
Some of our companies come through the program's partnerships with numerous incubators including Y Combinator, Stanford Business School, QB3 (the incubator for UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz), Hackers/Founders, Women 2.0, and Black Founders, and other. With a particular focus on promoting women entrepreneurs, Startup Legal Garage has received one of the inaugural "Innovator Awards" from the American Lawyer publications, was honored by the Association of American Law Schools as one of its "Innovative & Other Outstanding Programs," and has been featured in the American Bar Association Journal and other news outlets.
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The Startup Legal Garage understands that getting off the "wet bar napkin" can be a confusing and exciting time. The attorneys we work with can answer some of those burning questions.
Director of law and technology programming
Alice armitage, esq.
Alice manages all aspects of the Startup Legal Garage. She is in charge of facilitating the program to ensure that all stakeholders have their goals met. 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.
Yale School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1980
B.A., M.A., British and American Literature, 1976
• Design Thinking and Regulation
director of the startup legal garage
Paul Belonick, ESQ.
Prof. Belonick graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010, where he was Editor-in-Chief of theVirginia Law Review. He has since been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and was most recently an associate at Sidley Austin's San Francisco office, where he practiced securities and business litigation. He also holds a doctorate in History from the University of Virginia.
University of Virginia School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2010
University of Virginia
Ph.D, History, 2016
B.A., History and Classical Languages, 2002
American Legal History
Intellectual Property Survey
Startup Legal Garage Patent Module
Professional Responsibility - Legal Ethics