Professor Dana A. Thompson, '99, 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. At Wayne Law, she was also the director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African-American Legal History. Her article, "Accelerating the Growth of the Next Generation of Innovators," discusses the importance of campus incubators collaborating with law school clinics and was published in the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal in 2013. Another article, "L3Cs: An Innovative Choice for Urban Entrepreneurship and Urban Revitalization," also was published in 2013 in the American University Business Law Review. The article explores the role that low-profit limited liability companies, also known as L3Cs, could play in establishing viable minority-owned urban small businesses. Professor Thompson also writes on small business legal issues in various publications including Crain's Detroit Business. She is a contributing author to Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers, published by the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. Prior to entering academia, Professor Thompson practiced at Morrison & 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. In November 2014, Professor Thompson was elected statewide by the citizens of Michigan to serve on the Wayne State University Board of Governors. The Board of Governors elects the president of the University, has general supervision of the University, and controls all expenditures from University funds, among other duties. 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. In addition, she served on the Michigan Community Resources Board of Directors and she served on former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's emerging Small Business Leaders and Entrepreneurial Council. Professor Thompson received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her AB from Bryn Mawr College.