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Faculty and Staff

Dana A. Thompson, Director and Clinical Professor of Law

Dana A. Thompson is a clinical professor of law, director of the Community Enterprise Clinic, and the founding director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic. Prior to joining Michigan Law, Prof. Thompson founded and taught Wayne State University Law School’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. She represents clients in corporate, nonprofit, and startup company matters. 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. She is also the author of the article, “L3Cs: An Innovative Choice for Urban Entrepreneurship and Urban Revitalization,” published in the American University Business Law Review (Winter 2013, Vol. 2.1). Her article, “Accelerating the Growth of the Next Generation of Innovators,” was published in the fall 2013 edition of the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal.

Kelly Pfeifer, Clinical Fellow

Kelly Pfeifer's area of interest is equitable development. She focuses her practice in the CEDC on providing transactional legal services to neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small businesses in the city of Detroit. Prior to joining the CEDC, Professor Pfeifer was Supervising Attorney at Community Law Center, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland, where she counseled nonprofit organizations in a variety of matters including entity choice and formation, tax exemption applications and compliance, contracts, community benefits agreements, and land use matters. She received her BS from Purdue University and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she obtained a certificate in environmental law and was a student attorney in the Community Development Legal Theory and Practice course.