Hillary Greene

Zephaniah Swift Professor of Law

Education/Professional Certification

JD, Yale Law School
BA, Yale College


Animal Law, Antitrust, First Amendment, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Patent Law


Hillary Greene is the Zephaniah Swift Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law where her research and teaching interests focus upon antitrust/competition policy, patent, First Amendment and, more recently, animal law. She also served as the Inaugural Director of the law school’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic.

In academia, some of the questions that she has wrestled with are how antitrust law balances incommensurate values (economic and noneconomic) or hard-to-compare values (static and dynamic efficiency). The former category involves her work with the First Amendment and the latter involves her work with innovation. She is also interested in administrative aspects of antitrust law, including both formal and informal mechanisms, as well as matters of institutional design. Some recurrent themes in her work include trying to understand how and why specific concepts or values are elevated or demoted within case law or agency practice, and the adoption of imperfect, but directionally valuable, improvements that consciously cultivate further learning. 

Professor Greene’s diverse experience in academia includes presenting her scholarship at including New York University, William and Mary, and Yale Law Schools and to the National Academies of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law. She was also a co-principal investigator for an NSF grant that led to an article in Science concerning government-sponsored research. Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and OZY.

Prior to academia, she was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel focusing primarily on a combination of antitrust and First Amendment matters. She then joined the Federal Trade Commission serving as staff attorney, acting deputy assistant general counsel for policy studies, and then project director for intellectual property within the Office of the General Counsel. While at the FTC, she was a primary organizer of public hearings (also undertaken with the Department of Justice) and a primary author of the resulting FTC Report, To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law And Policy. Project members received the FTC’s Outstanding Team Effort Award.

Professor Greene is a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in her major – Economics and Political Science).

Hillary Greene
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