• Get to know us

    Our leadership team brings together years of experience in the law, entrepreneurship and project management.

    Alice Armitage

    Director of Applied Innovation

    UC Hastings College of the Law

    Professor Alice Armitage is the Director of Applied Innovation at UC Hastings, where she oversees all Law and Technology programming, including two innovative hubs on our campus, LexLab and the Startup Legal Garage. Alice began her career as an international tax attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington DC, moving from there to a position in the Office of the International Chief Counsel at the US Internal Revenue Service to develop tax policy for complex cross-border financial transactions.


    More recently, Alice took a break from practicing law to found two startups. Her experience as a two-time entrepreneur ultimately led her to UC Hastings as Director of the Startup Legal Garage. In her time as Director of this popular program, Alice developed an extensive network within both the tech and the legal communities of Silicon Valley. Alice also teaches a course for law students on the business skills necessary to build a tech startup, including agile development, design thinking, and the skills needed to pitch to investors. In addition to building out new programs and courses at UC Hastings, Alice’s research interests focus on the intersection of technology and regulation.


    Professor Armitage is a graduate of the Yale Law School where she was the first woman Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. She also has an A.B. and an M.A. in British and American Literature from Brown University.


    Drew Amerson



    Before joining LexLab, Drew was a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Hastings. He taught courses in intellectual property and entrepreneurship and managed the Startup Legal Garage. His early career included years at Sidley Austin, Taylor & Company, and clerking for the Honorable Joan N. Ericksen, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. A pioneer in legal innovation, Drew founded a startup in 2011 that created an online community to connect law firms and companies with highly skilled freelance attorneys.


    Drew is a graduate of Columbia Law School and has a B.A. in Philosophy from Carleton College.

    Samara Sargeant

    Project Lead


    Samara joined the LexLab leadership team in Summer 2019 as LexLab’s project lead. As part of the team, Samara deals with outreach as well as facilitating communication between LexLab and the startups in its accelerator. She has a strong interest in tech, social impact, and the legal industry.


    Samara received a B.A. in International Relations and Global Business from the University of Southern California in 2019 where she was a Trustee Scholar.

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