• 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

    armitagea@uchastings.edu

    Professor Alice Armitage is the Director of Applied Innovation at UC Hastings, where she oversees the concentration of law and technology. During her time at Hastings, she has run two innovative hubs on our campus; first the Startup Legal Garage and now LexLab. 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 now teaches legal technology courses focused on both access to justice and for-profit legal tech startups. In both courses, Alice teaches skills not traditionally taught at law school, including design thinking, multi disciplinary collaboration, entrepreneurial fundamentals, and oral and visual communication skills.

     

    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

    Director

    LexLab

    amersond@uchastings.edu

    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.

    Norma Juarez

    Project Lead

    LexLab

    juareznorma@uchastings.edu

    Norma joined the LexLab team in January 2021 as project lead. She deals with outreach, research, and project management, as well as communication between LexLab and the startups in its accelerator. Before joining LexLab, her roles included working at law firms specializing in employment, disability, and elder law, former data manager for non-profit organizations, and contract management for federally funded programs.

     

    Norma is a graduate of Rutgers Law School and has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The New School.

  • Innovator in Residence

    Maya Markovich

    With her unique background spanning VC, law, behavioral science, and change design, Maya Markovich delivers executive-level technology, process, and business growth services worldwide. For over five years she worked with Nextlaw Labs at Dentons, the world's largest firm, as its Chief Growth Officer. Maya now advises multiple high-growth legal tech startups, investor and venture funds, and consults on legal innovation. In addition, she currently serves on the boards of organizations dedicated to improving access to justice and industry equity.

     

    Maya is a graduate of UC Hastings and a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences, regularly writes on legal tech and innovation, and has been a lively guest on numerous podcasts and broadcasts. In 2020 she was named one of five “Influential Women of Legal Tech” by ILTA, a “Woman Leading Legal Tech” by The Technolawgist in 2019, and an ABA Legal Technology Resource Center “Woman of Legal Tech 2018” for her work in designing, promoting, and driving the future of the legal industry around the globe.

  • Advisory Board

    Our Advisory Board represents an array of thought leaders, movers, and shakers in the legal technology space. We are thrilled to have them involved as a vital component of LexLab.

    Stephan Eberle

    General Counsel, Scale Venture Partners

    Stephan Eberle joined ScaleVP as General Counsel in 2016. In addition to his role as General Counsel, he is also Head of Limited Partner Relations. He is responsible for Scale Venture Partners’ fund and portfolio legal matters as well as becoming a key point of contact for our limited partners. Prior to Scale, Mr. Eberle spent 17 years at Silicon Valley Bank, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. At SVB, Mr. Eberle was responsible for global expansion and international business legal support, strategic and venture capital investments, strategic relationships, product development, regulatory and compliance, and governance issues. He also helped launch SVB’s venture capital program, SVB Capital.

     

    Mr. Eberle is a graduate of UC Hastings.

    Derek Duarte

    Senior Vice President, UnitedLex

    Derek Duarte, a widely recognized legal thought leader and innovator, is Vice President President at UnitedLex, a technology and legal services company committed to delivering full-scale digital transformation. Bringing a unique perspective to the challenges of the legal services industry, Derek has testified as an expert on eDiscovery and Computer Forensics in the state and federal courts. He gets his kicks from finding the needle in the haystack, discovering digital truth, and bad puns. He is excited by the potential of legal technology to improve access to justice, bolster our democracy and advance the practice of law.

     

    Derek was President of BlackStone Discovery, before it was acquired by UnitedLex in 2021.

     

    Derek is a graduate of UC Hastings.

    Maya Markovich

    Innovator in Residence, Village Capital

    With her unique background spanning VC, law, behavioral science, and change design, Maya Markovich delivers executive-level technology, process, and business growth services worldwide. For over five years she worked with Nextlaw Labs at Dentons, the world's largest firm, as its Chief Growth Officer. Maya now advises multiple high-growth legal tech startups, investor and venture funds, and consults on legal innovation. In addition, she currently serves on the boards of organizations dedicated to improving access to justice and industry equity.

     

    Maya is a graduate of UC Hastings and a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences, regularly writes on legal tech and innovation, and has been a lively guest on numerous podcasts and broadcasts. In 2020 she was named one of five “Influential Women of Legal Tech” by ILTA, a “Woman Leading Legal Tech” by The Technolawgist in 2019, and an ABA Legal Technology Resource Center “Woman of Legal Tech 2018” for her work in designing, promoting, and driving the future of the legal industry around the globe.

     

    Augie Rakow

    Founder of BetterSeriesA.co

    Augie Rakow, UC Hastings Class of 2007, is former Orrick corporate partner and cofounder of Atrium, a venture capital-backed law firm for startups that represents hundreds of startups. Atrium raised over $75 million in financing from Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Y Combinator and leading Silicon Valley investors. Augie recruited and led Atrium’s 70-person legal team from $0 to $15 million monthly revenue in two years through service, process and technology innovations designed to bring scale to high-end legal services for the fastest-growing startups.

     

    Now that he no longer needs to bill 2,000 hours, he's built BetterSeriesA.co to help founders close Series A financings with greater insight, faster and more easily.

     

    Before becoming a lawyer, Augie studied theological history at Harvard University and is a past president and chairman of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.

    Samantha Villanueva-Meyer

    Chief Compliance Officer at Enjoy

    Samantha is the Chief Compliance Officer at Enjoy Technology Inc., where she previously served as the Chief Legal Officer and general Counsel. Enjoy is the first mobile retail store available on-demand and delivers a product purchased on-line with a trained person to get you up and running within minutes for free. Enjoy works with premier technology companies like AT&T and Apple in the US, BT and EE in the UK, and Rogers in Canada, to bring their products directly to consumers via the Smart Last Mile experience. In her role, Samantha manages a strong team of legal and compliance professionals to oversee the global legal and compliance functions, and focuses on strategic intitiatives that move Enjoy forward while mitigating risks. In addition to her role at Enjoy, Samantha runs the San Francisco General Counsel's (SFGC's) legal network, helps build various in-house legal intern and extern programs to increase opportunities for young lawyers, and collaborates with attorneys and key international business personnel to progress innovation within the legal and compliance space. Samantha was awarded the Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award in 2020. Samantha received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Texas Tech University, spending six years in classroom STEM education and curriculum development before attending University of California, Hastings College of the Law, receiving her J.D., with honers, in 2015.

    Josh King

    General Counsel at RealSelf

    Josh King is General Counsel for RealSelf, the web's leading resource for consumers researching aesthetic medical procedures and the doctors who perform them. Prior to RealSelf, Josh spent over a decade as Chief Legal Officer at Avvo, helping the company grow from tiny startup to legal industry leader.

     

    Over the course of his 25+ year career in tech, he has also worked in a mix of legal and non-legal roles for larger companies, including serving as Vice President, Corporate Development for AT&T Wireless and General Counsel for Cellular One. Josh regularly speaks and writes on issues relating to digital media, communications, and professional ethics.

     

    Josh is a graduate of UC Hastings.

    Kunoor Chopra

    Vice President of Legal Services, Elevate

    Kunoor is a recognized authority in the legal industry on topics related to women in entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, legal outsourcing, right sourcing of legal work, and optimization of legal work. She has spearheaded the transformation of the legal industry by creating platforms that provide effective and efficient options to obtain, manage, and perform legal services.

     

    She is Co-founder and VP of Legal Services at Elevate. She is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management Fellow and serves as a member of its Board of Trustees. She also co-chairs the South Asian Bar Association’s LGBTQ+ Section. In September 2020, World Commerce & Contracting, the leading global association for commercial and contract management professionals, recognized her contributions to commerce and society by including her in its first-ever “Inspiring Women in Commerce and Contracting” honors.

     

    Kunoor is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School teaching a class on Innovation and Transformation in Legal Service Delivery.

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    Nick Long

    Managing Director - Legal Business Services, Deloitte

    Nicholas A. Long recently joined Deloitte in the role of Managing Director for Legal Business Services. Nick previously served as a partner in Reed Smith LLP's Global Corporate Group, before becoming the firm's Senior Director of Legal Operations. In that role, Nick worked closely with Reed Smith’s Knowledge Management, Client Technology Solutions and Practice Innovation teams to develop creative solutions to help deliver legal services in the most effective way.

     

    Nick was also the Director of Gravity Stack LLC, a technology-driven company that originated inside of Reed Smith with a vision to combine unique data insights with the most experienced legal process and operational experts. Gravity Stack became a separate entity that designs, tests and licenses technology solutions to legal clients.

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  • Affiliated Scholars

    Michele Benedetto Neitz

    Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law

    Michele Benedetto Neitz is a Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she teaches Blockchain and the Law, Business Associations, Legal Ethics, and other classes. She has been voted “Most Outstanding Professor” by the graduating class of GGU Law five times, most recently in Spring 2020. She was appointed to advise the California legislature as a member of the California Blockchain Working Group in 2019.

     

    Professor Neitz researches and lectures on ethical and regulatory issues in blockchain technology. She published the first law review article examining ethics in blockchain technology in January 2020. Her latest article, How to Regulate Blockchain’s Real-Life Applications: Lessons from the California Blockchain Working Group, will be published in Jurimetrics, the Journal of Law, Science and Technology, in February 2021.

     

    Professor Neitz also publishes on blogs, with posts in 2020 on Machine Lawyering and the FinReg Blog. She regularly speaks at tech and law conferences on these issues, including recent presentations at the CITRIS Research Exchange Panel at UC Berkeley and the University of Tokyo’s Blockchain Research Group Meeting.

     

    Professor Neitz received her J.D. from NYU School of Law as a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar. Prior to joining GGU, she worked as a law clerk in the Southern District of California and served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. She also worked an associate in the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster, LLP, specializing in corporate labor and employment matters.

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