Dana A. Thompson is a clinical assistant professor of law and directs and teaches in the Entrepreneurship Clinic where she represents University of Michigan student entrepreneurs. Prior to the Entrepreneurship Clinic, she taught in the Urban Communities Clinic, where she represented small businesses and community-based organizations. Prior to joining Michigan Law, Prof. Thompson founded and taught Wayne State University Law School's Small Business Enterprises and Nonprofit Corporations Clinic. She 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, published by the ABA's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law.
Prior to entering academia, Prof. 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 practiced with the Nature Conservancy, where she represented the organization on land conservation transactions.
Prof. Thompson is the chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the ABA's Business Law Section and is the co-chair of the Legal Educator's Committee of the ABA's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She also serves on the AALS Clinical Law Section's Awards Committee, sits on the board of directors of Community Legal Resources, and is a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber's Small Business Advisory Council. She also served on former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's emerging Small Business Leaders and Entrepreneurial Council.
Prof. Thompson received her JD from Michigan Law, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her AB from Bryn Mawr College.