The Business Law Journal is proud to present:

2017 Symposium Poster

Entrepreneurship and the Law

12:00pm – 12:15pm: Opening Remarks

King Hall Room 1001

Kevin R. Johnson (Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, UC Davis School of Law)

12:15pm –1:00pm: Keynote

King Hall Room 1001

Andrew Hargadon (Professor of Technology Management, Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Founding Director of the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

1:10pm –2:20pm: Panel 1 Practicing in Entrepreneurial Industries

King Hall Room 1001

This panel will explore the complexities of practicing law in innovative industries. How do entrepreneurs manage novel business ideas, risk management, intellectual property protection, and capital financing, in light of complex and changing legal doctrines? What difficulties have our panelists experienced in working with entrepreneurial clientele?


  • Jonathan Lieberman (Counsel at Uber)
  • Jessica Holcombe (Founder of Holcombe Law Group)
  • Drew Amoroso (Founder of Move Legal)
  • Cindy Dole (Associate at Morgan Lewis)

2:20pm – 2:30pm Break

2:30pm – 3:40pm: Panel 2 Exploring the Venture Capital Ecosystem

King Hall Room 1001

This panel will explore private equity in the context of today’s entrepreneurial economy. How has the passing of recent legislation and changes in relevant corporate and securities laws affected the funding environment for startups? What are the most significant challenges our panelists have noted for early-stage financing? How might the new administration’s proposed tax and regulatory reform policies impact the venture industry?


  • Marc Steiner (General Counsel at Plug and Play)
  • Abraham Cable (Professor at UC Hastings Law)
  • David Bell (Partner at Fenwick & West)
  • David Richardson (Partner at DLA Piper)

3:40pm – 3:50pm – Break

3:50pm – 5:00pm: Panel 3 Fostering Entrepreneurship and Legal Access

King Hall Room 1001

This panel will explore entrepreneurial endeavors that have successfully innovated the way startups access, interact with, and resolve legal, business, and financial issues. How do you create an environment for fostering entrepreneurship in today’s saturated landscape? How have our panelists disrupted the startup world?


  • Alina Ball (Associate Professor and Founding Director, Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic, UC Hastings Law)
  • Laura Norris (Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic, Santa Clara Law)
  • Ralph Pais (Partner and Founding Director, FLEXbyFenwick, Fenwick & West)
  • Dushyant Pathak (InnovationAccess Executive Leadership, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management & Corporate Relations at UC Davis Office of Research,)

5:00 - 6:00 - Reception

King Hall Courtyard

Please join us for a post-Symposium networking reception.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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