Issues in Diversity and Social Change Lecture Series
Michigan and the Road to a Jobs Economy: Which Way Forward?
Dana A. Thompson - Panelist
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Dana A. Thompson is a clinical assistant professor of law and teaches in the Urban Communities Clinic, where she represents community-based organizations and small businesses. Prior to joining Michigan Law, Professor Thompson founded and taught Wayne State University Law School's Small Business Enterprises and Nonprofit Corporations Clinic. Professor Thompson has particular expertise in corporate, nonprofit, and commercial real estate law.
She is a contributing author to Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers and Policymakers, recently published by the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law.
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 served with the Nature Conservancy, where she represented the organization on land conservation transactions.
Professor Thompson sits on Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's Emerging Small Business Leaders and Entrepreneurial Council. She also sits on the Finance Committee of Habitat for Humanity Detroit and is a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber's Small Business Advisory Council. Professor Thompson received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her A.B. at Bryn Mawr College.