Laura Norris

Assistant Clinical Professor; Director, Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic; Director, Tech Edge J.D. Program; Faculty Advisor, ChIPs Women in Tech Law at SCU

Laura joined Santa Clara University School of Law in April 2013 to create the Silicon Valley’s first Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic. The clinic students partner with the active local community of entrepreneurs to provide legal assistance, and as such Laura regularly partners with SCU entrepreneurial programs in the engineering and business schools, and the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. She is the founding Director of the Tech Edge J.D. Program – an innovative certificate program designed to prepare law students for practice in technology-related industries. She teaches two entrepreneurial courses in the School of Engineering – Intellectual Property for Engineers, and Startup Law for Engineers, and was Curriculum Coordinator for the Leavey School of Business’ 2016-17 startup accelerator, the California Program for Entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Clara Law, Laura worked in private practice representing technology startups and entrepreneurs. She was also the first Vice President of Legal Affairs at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Laura worked as an associate Intellectual Property litigation attorney at Arnold White & Durkee, and as an engineer and patent agent at Intel Corporation.

In 2014, Laura was one of only two academics named by the Recorder as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law. She is a mentor through the U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen program, a mentorship and exchange program for women leaders in STEM from Africa and the Middle East. Laura is a 2011 graduate of Leadership California’s “California Issues & Trends” program, a selective statewide women’s leadership program. In 2010, she was named as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star. She is a board member of several for-profit and non-profit companies. In her spare time, Laura trains for marathons and volunteers with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Education

 J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1997) magna cum laude

B.S.E., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan (1992), cum laude