About the Contributors
Scott A. Cromer is an associate in the Orange County office of Knobbe Martens. He is a patent attorney registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and he practices intellectual property law, with a focus on IP counseling and patent preparation and prosecution. Scott became a patent agent in 2009, and has interests and expertise across a variety of fields and technologies, including software, computers, medical devices, electronics, and mechanical devices.
Before attending graduate school, Scott spent six months as a design support intern at a leading pure-play semiconductor foundry, Jazz Semiconductor (now TowerJazz). There, Scott developed new methods of evaluating foundry device models, and gained insights into the semiconductor industry. He then received his master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As a researcher at Illinois he developed his understanding of circuit synthesis and computer programming.
Scott attended the University of Illinois College of Law where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and was awarded the Joseph M. Barich Excellence in Patent Law Award for demonstrated accomplishment in patent law. He also served as the Internet Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review, and was instrumental in establishing a modern internet presence for the publication.
Robert Lawless is the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law and co-director of the Program on Law, Behavior and Social Science at University of Illinois. He served as the College's associate dean for academic research from 2013-16.
Lawless specializes in bankruptcy, consumer credit, and business law. He is a new co-author for the eighth edition of Secured Credit, a leading textbook on secured transactions. He also joins Professors Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Thomas S. Ulen as the co-author of Empirical Methods in Law, a textbook on empirical methodologies as applied to the study of law.
Professor Lawless administers and contributes to the blog Credit Slips, a discussion on credit, finance, and bankruptcy. He also participates in the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, a long-term research project studying persons who file bankruptcy. Professor Lawless is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy. He has testified before Congress, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the National Law Journal, the L.A. Times, and the Financial Times.