The Speaker,
Dana Thompson

Professor Dana A. Thompson, is a clinical professor of law and the founding director of Michigan Law's Entrepreneurship Clinic, where she represents University of Michigan student-led startup ventures. Prior to the Entrepreneurship Clinic, she taught in the Law School's Urban Communities Clinic, where she represented small businesses, startup ventures, and community-based organizations, primarily in Detroit. Before joining Michigan Law, Professor Thompson taught at Wayne State University Law School and founded and directed Wayne Law's Small Business Enterprises and Nonprofit Corporations Clinic.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Thompson practiced at Morrison and Foerster, LLP in San Francisco, then at Miller, Starr and Regalia, where she specialized in commercial real estate and corporate law. She then joined the Nature Conservancy as regional counsel, where she represented the organization on land conservation transactions.

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Professor Thompson also serves on the board of directors of TechTown Detroit. She is the immediate past chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the ABA's Business Law Section and is a past co-chair of the Legal Educator's Committee of the ABA's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She also is the immediate past co-chair of the Association of American Law School's Clinical Law Section's Awards Committee.

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Special thanks to the Center for Entrepreneurship, National Science Foundation I-Corps, & the Michigan Law Entrepreneurship Clinic and Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program at the University of Michigan for supporting the development of this program.

The development of this program was supported by the NSF I-Corps Node Grant, award number 1240409.

Learn more about NSF I-Corps, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic at the University of Michigan