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Dana Thompson

Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School and Director, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic

North America

Professor Dana Thompson is a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and is the founding director of the Law School’s innovative Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, which has provided legal representation to a large number of startup companies, existing ventures, small businesses and social enterprises. A practicing attorney for nearly 20 years including at the international, San Francisco based law firm Morrison and Foerster and the land conservation nonprofit the Nature Conservancy, and a law professor for over 13 years, her practice has centered on commercial real estate, corporate, startup, social enterprise, and nonprofit law. Her scholarship and written work focuses on urban entrepreneurship, student entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, small businesses, social entrepreneurship and legal matters related to these issues. She has been quoted in the Financial Times,, Crain’s Detroit Business and other media outlets.

Before teaching at the University of Michigan Law School, she was a law professor at Wayne State University Law School, started the law school’s first Small Business and Nonprofit Law Clinic and was the director of the Damon J. Keith Center for African-American Legal History. Professor Thompson is a member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, a position elected statewide by the citizens of Michigan. The Board of Governors hires the president of Wayne State University and governs the financial, academic and general affairs of the University. She is also a member of the Bryn Mawr College President’s Advisory Council. Professor Thompson received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in Political Science and French and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review.

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