The Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (“STLJ”) is a multidisciplinary journal created to enrich the discourse at the nexus of science, technology, and the law. Specifically, STLJ focuses on the exciting legal issues surrounding startups, intellectual property, data privacy, biotechnology, clean technology, and health policy, while exploring the implications of technological advances on traditional legal fields, such as contracts, antitrust, and tax.

Partnered with the Institute for Innovation Law, STLJ publishes twice a year. Recent articles have discussed the rise of three-parent in vitro fertilization and its effect on parental rights, e-book price-fixing litigation against major publishing companies, net neutrality and what it means for the future of the Internet, and copyright concerns surrounding “remix” music culture.

STLJ regularly hosts symposiums on campus at UC Hastings featuring panelists from leading tech companies, governmental regulators, and thought influencers. Additionally, STLJ regularly collaborates with on-campus organizations such as the Startup Legal Garage, Hastings Intellectual Property Association, and Tech x UCH.

Kenny Gutierrez + Debra Zepeda

Faculty Advisors
Abraham Cable, Ben Depoorter, Robin Feldman, and Mark Spolyar

Scholarly Publications Manager
Tom McCarthy

Executive Production Editors 
Tina Nguyen & Amrita Pannu

Executive Submission Editor 
Laura Diaz

Executive Development Editor 
Vishaal Lalchand

Executive Symposium Editor 
Johnny Bennett

Executive Technology Editor 
Aadil Muhammad

Executive Notes Editor 
Ariana Flynn

Senior Staff Editors
 Chad Hensley, Claudia Ren, and Bushra Samimi

2L Editors

Nashra Anwer

Katie Apsens

Jenna Brosi  

Amul Kalia

Macgregor Mooney

Yusof Nazari

Kyle Souza

Ashely Ta

Nora Titus

Mariya Waheed





The Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (“STLJ”) accepts applications from all University of California, Hastings College of the Law students after the completion of their first year of law school. STLJ is as student-run journal that publishes articles twice a year on the legal issues surrounding startup technology companies, biotechnology, clean technology, intellectual property, data privacy, and health policy.

Journal members will be able to select and edit cutting edge articles for publication and get an inside look into how a journal operates. By reviewing the work of authors and fellow students, editors will gain experience in editing, critical thinking, and develop their writing skills. Additionally, STLJ offers a unique opportunity for law students to become directly involved with and influence legal scholarship. Students will be able to contribute to the STLJ website through blog posts and may be selected to publish their notes.

Membership Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I join STLJ?

Any full-time student at Hastings may become a member of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal upon their application and acceptance after participating in the University of California, Hastings College of the Law inter-journal writing competition (IJWC). The competition is held after the completion of the spring semester for rising second-year law students and in the beginning of the fall semester for transfer students. 

Typically, the IJWC has two parts: a memorandum and an editing assignment. STLJ also offers students the opportunity to write an optional personal statement expressing their interest in science, technology, or the journal specifically. The competition is graded blindly for editing skills, legal writing ability, and attention to detail. Grades and past experience may be considered, but are not solely indicative of a candidates success.

Successful non-transfer applicants will be notified over the summer prior to their second year and will begin their membership duties during the Fall semester. Successful transfer student applicants will be notified in August and start membership duties immediately following their acceptance.

What are my responsibilities as a member of STLJ?

All candidates who accept membership must commit to one-year on STLJ. During their first year, members are put onto small editing teams that edit and proofread the content that will be published by STLJ. Members are expected to follow BlueBook citations and substantively edit articles for mistakes. Additionally, staff members are responsible for verifying authors’ sources and editing for stylistic and grammatical issues.

Staff members must also write a double-spaced Note between twenty-five to thirty-five pages in length. The Note will be completed during the student’s second year of law school and students may choose to receive course credit for their work. The Note can be on any area of science or technology law that the student finds interesting. After completion of the Note, students can apply to have their Note published in the journal.

STLJ also highly encourages students to become involved in various social activities planned throughout the year and participate on a journal committee. Committees are a way for students to learn more about a particular area of the journal and get involved.