Hillary Greene

Zephaniah Swift Professor of Law

Hillary Greene is the Zephaniah Swift Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her research and teaching interests focus upon animal welfare, First Amendment law, antitrust/competition policy, and patent law.

In 2019-2020, she published Government-Funded Research Increasingly Fuels Innovation, Science, which was a product of a National Science Foundation grant for which she was co-Principal Investigator, and Informing Dissent, in Law, Culture and the Humanities, which explored the role the government’s monopoly control of information upon the production of dissent. Additionally, she presented to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences examining social media policy on the antitrust and First Amendment interface.

Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, OZY and The Hartford Courant. Her most recent pieces, like her current scholarship, explore the prospect of our companion animals becoming a vector of infection during a disease outbreak–what Professor Greene terms a “petdemic.” She taught the course “Animal Welfare and Human Self-Interest: The Case of Pandemics” in the fall 2020 semester.

Professor Greene served as the inaugural director of the Law School’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic from 2007 to 2012. Previously, Professor Greene worked as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York. She then served as acting deputy assistant general counsel for policy studies and as the project director for intellectual property at the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of the General Counsel. During her time 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).