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TESTIMONIALS OF ALBANY LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS & TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURS

During the Fall 2016 semester, each of us had the privilege of taking Professor Falati's Entrepreneurship Law and Emerging Technologies class. The class was both interesting and beneficial to us as law students.  Professor Falati knew each of the topics we discussed during class lectures inside and out; he is truly an expert in the field.  He also brought in various, highly qualified guest speakers to give us an idea of what goes on in the real world from those who are already in it.  The highlight of the class, however, was being able to work with actual entrepreneurs/start-up companies in the second half of the semester.  This very real experience was not only invaluable, but also fun.  We know that class simulations with actors as clients are also valuable, but Professor Falati went above and beyond to embed the experience of working with real, high-end entrepreneurs into his class and his efforts to do so should not go unnoticed.  Each and every one us would recommend this class, and agree that we wish more classes at Albany Law provided this "mini-clinic” type experience.  Additionally, we have each found Professor Falati to be a great addition to the Albany Law School faculty.  He is friendly and always available to all students, and not just those who are currently taking a class with him. He seems to sincerely care about helping those who seek him out, both academically and professionally.”  ALBANY LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

 

Through his connections within both the legal and business communities, Professor Falati is able to provide his Entrepreneurship Law in Emerging Technology students with an unparalleled practical experience. By working directly with an entrepreneur, students not only learn the law behind entrepreneurship, but they learn the art of counseling the entrepreneur client. This hands-on experience is invaluable for any student looking to jump head-first into the world of startups.”  ALBANY LAW STUDENT

 

 

Professor Falati, Thank you. The class was very enjoyable and I was able to learn a lot in a short span of time. As someone who is interested in starting a business myself, it was great to learn about all of the various legal matters that it encompasses. Plus, being able to actually interact with real entrepreneurs was a very unique experience that other courses don't offer.” 

ALBANY LAW STUDENT

 

I came into law school with the hope of pursuing Business and Intellectual Property law. The Entrepreneurial Law and Emerging Technologies Class took my two desired career paths and showed how they work together in an interesting and interactive way. Having entered law school with no job experience in the legal profession, I enjoyed how this class gave me valuable live client counseling experience as well as experience in legal writing. I learnt a lot from this experience of representing a real Tech. Entrepreneur, working in the high end designer fashion industry.  This class not only prepared me for my future career, but also gave me a more thorough understanding of materials that have allowed me to better understand other classes as well as certain bar material. I highly recommend this class to those who are interested in both Business and IP law, or are looking to explore different legal paths. 

ALBANY LAW STUDENT

 

Honestly, business law never appealed to me until I stumbled upon the “social enterprise” movement, which utilizes for-profit business concepts as a vehicle for societal change. I realized that my deepest interests collide somewhere between the fields of law, technology, social progress, and entrepreneurship. At that point, I was thrilled to learn Albany Law School is an emerging leader in this realm of innovation and its confluence within the field of law. I heard about a new course designed by a Faculty member with practice experience, Professor Falati, and quickly enrolled in his Entrepreneurship Law in Emerging Technologies class. Professor Falati’s hybrid course covered a lot of theory and also gave us an opportunity to work in teams of two directly with talented client-entrepreneurs, sharpening our ability to listen and interface effectively as future attorneys, while also gaining a valuable understanding of practical business and legal concepts.  My law school partner and I traveled to another University several hours away from Albany to meet our tech. entrepreneur client team, along with Prof. Falati.  The course overall was unique and enjoyable. I learnt a lot and it allowed me to see and think of projects designed to propel the capital region forward and in-step with the aggressive pace of urban revitalization and social innovation found elsewhere around the country.” 

ALBANY LAW STUDENT

 

 

I was introduced to real legal experiences by taking Entrepreneurship Law in Emerging Technologies.  Working with a real entrepreneur was a unique experience that taught me a lot about not only the law, buy client communications and relationships.  I encourage all law students to take a this style of hybrid course (part theory - part practice) to learn how the law is applied in the real world!” 

ALBANY LAW STUDENT

Dear Prof. Falati, I write to provide you with some feedback on this course.  I enjoyed the different course format and would highly recommend it to other students, especially to those interested in marketing their own idea at some point in the future. The course was unique in several ways. First, the approach allowed us to learn about a particular technology and market which will be new for many students. Second, by placing an emphasis on helping an actual client, the process encourages learning with an emphasis on providing useful results rather than a grade only. Third, the class introduced a team structure which was useful and allowed us to learn in a more practical and dynamic way which is closer, in my view, to what law school should be. The process was well set up and helped to make things interesting. As a final year student, I appreciated learning the practical side and your focus on us being able to apply what we learnt in the classroom when we traveled with you to interview the technology entrepreneur was great experience and a memorable highlight.  

ALBANY LAW STUDENT

 

 

 

 

Navigating intellectual property law and other legal issues affecting technology startup companies is a daunting task for entrepreneurs. We were recommended by technology commercialization experts we knew to take part in a novel program led by Prof. Falati at Albany Law School, and we agreed. The Entrepreneurship Law in Emerging Technologies course at Albany Law School was really a unique experience and provided the opportunity for entrepreneurs like us to interact with knowledgeable law students, led by Professor Falati. I found the students were both knowledgeable and professional and that this program provided us the guidance and information we needed to move forward on our technology startup. We are grateful to Albany Law School for assisting us in this way.” 

TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUR

 

 

​​​I was awarded the 2018 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and also separately obtained funding from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. for our technology.  We were keen to move our technology/ideas to the next level. I took part in a very interesting and relevant program led by Prof. Falati at Albany Law School for the students taking their course on Entrepreneurship Law in Emerging Technologies. The team of their final year law students and Prof. Falati traveled a long way to the Technology Incubator where we are based in on the PA border for meetings. I found that the students asked very good and useful questions about our new technology and the plans to commercialize it. They prepared an excellent recommendation for me that included background review, analysis of legal and ownership issues and advice on how to proceed on the path to commercialization. Indeed, we are presently searching for a CEO and are in the process of assessing applications, and I've encouraged the two impressive final year Albany Law School students to apply.  Thanks also to the Research Foundation of SUNY for connecting us to Prof. Falati and this program.  I am glad to have been part of this.

TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUR

Intellectual Property is one of the pillars we have prioritized in developing and growing a brand.  We were asked to participate in an innovative program through Albany Law School led by Professor Falati where we could interact with upper level law students to review and gain product specific information and guidance.  The experience was invaluable and enjoyed by all.  Thank you for allowing us to participate and we hope to be invited back in the near future.” 

TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUR

Embarking on the journey of starting a technology based business has its challenges, Professor Falati and his students at Albany Law School made navigating the legal considerations much easier. His program is an ideal scenario for entrepreneurs: approachable, free legal advice. My background is in luxury fashion, I have worked with several well known brands in NYC for nearly a decade.  I moved to MA for family reasons and my idea related to fashion, but utilized technology in an unconventional way for the industry.  I enjoyed meeting with Prof. Falati, Nick and Alexa to discuss the business.  The students asked good questions and even did some homework before the meeting. The report I received at the end was informative and useful to refernce.  Overall, the experience was professional and enjoyable.  Thank you to Nick, Alexa and Prof. Falati at Albany Law School. 

TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUR