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Burand, Deborah

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
International Transactions Clinic
Public Interest/Public Service Faculty Fellow

3120 South Hall

Prof. Deborah Burand directs the International Transactions Clinic that she cofounded at the Law School in 2008. She also teaches in the area of impact investment lawyering and social enterprise. She writes and lectures on issues related to international finance, microfinance and microfranchise, impact investing, social finance innovations such as social impact bonds and crowdfunding for social enterprises, and developing sustainable businesses at the base of the economic pyramid. Prof. Burand took a leave of absence from the Law School in 2010-2011 to serve as general counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the United States. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, she worked in the microfinance sector, most recently as executive vice president of strategic services at Grameen Foundation, a global microfinance network. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior attorney in the international banking section of the Federal Reserve Board's legal division, and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, first as the senior attorney/adviser for international monetary matters and later as the senior adviser for international financial matters. She also worked in private practice at Shearman & Sterling, where she advised bank advisory committees in the negotiation and implementation of Brady Bond deals that restructured the sovereign debt of Vietnam and Peru, and supported, on a pro bono basis, the development of the world's first debt-for-nature swap. Prof. Burand is a trustee on the board of Freedom from Hunger. She is an independent director on the board of MicroBuild (a proof-of-concept fund launched by Habitat for Humanity International that is aimed at growing the housing microfinance sector while expanding decent housing for the poor). She is an adviser to the Inter-American Development Bank and Linked Foundation regarding their microfranchise/micro-distribution network initiatives. Prof. Burand has been a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, and Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), among others. She also was the co-topic leader on finance for the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative. In 1993-1994, she was an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations (during which she was seconded to the International Monetary Fund and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), and is currently a member of the Council. She also is a member of The Bretton Woods Committee. She is a member of the Bars of Michigan, New York, and the District of Columbia. She earned her BA, cum laude, from Depauw University and a joint graduate degree, JD/MSFS with honors, from Georgetown University.

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"Resolving Impact Investment Disputes: When Doing Good Goes Bad." Wash. U. J. L. & Pol'y 48 (2015).​

"Crossing Borders to Create Value: Integrating International LL.M.'s into a Transactional Clinic." Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 19 (2015): 441.​

"Clinical Collaborations: Going Global to Advance Social Entrepreneurship." Jones, Susan R., Jonathan Ng, and Alicia Plerhoples, Int'l J. of Clinical Legal Educ.  20 (2014): 499-518.
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"Globalizing Social Finance: How Social Impact Bonds and Social Impact Performance Guarantees can Scale Development." N. Y. U. J. L. & Bus. 9 (2013): 447-502.
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"Beyond Microfinance: Creating Opportunities for Women at the Base of the Pyramid." Int'l Trade Forum 2 (2012).
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co-author. "Teaching Transactional Skills and Law in an International Context." K. Yelpaala and P. Linzer, co-authors. Tenn. J. Bus. L. 12, no. 3 (2011): 275-98.
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Panelist, "A New Perspective on Social Franchising," Latin American Impact Investment Forum, Merida, Mexico, February 2015.

Moderated "Legal Issues Arising in Social Impact Bonds and Pay for Success Financings: Lessons Learned," Impact Investing Lawyers Working Group Webinar Series, February 2015.

Moderated "PFS from the Legal Perspective: Hearing from Attorneys Engaged in Performance-based Contracting," Pay For Success grantee meeting hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Social Innovation Fund, Washington, D.C., February 2015.

Participated in the Pay for Success Regional Summit sponsored by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Chicago, December 2014.​

Presented "Resolving Impact Investment Disputes: When Doing Good Goes Bad," Symposium on New Directions in Social Entrepreneurship, Community Lawyering and Dispute Resolution, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2014.

Presented "Creating Value Across Borders: Going Global in a Transactional Clinic," Fall Business Forum, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, October 2014.

Presented "Beyond Good Intentions: Translating Clinical Learning Goals into Reflective Action," Pre-Conference—Newer Clinician Workshop, 2014 Midwest Clinic Teachers Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, September 2014.​

Faculty member, "Building and Managing Effective Strategic Partnerships," Boulder Institute of Microfinance, Turin, Italy, July 21–25, 2014.

Panelist, "Globalizing SIBS—New Challenges," Social Impact Bond Dialogue, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C., May 2014.

Co-presented "Drawing on the Wisdom of Alice in Wonderland: Creating a Strategic Plan for your Clinic," 2013 Midwest Clinical Conference, Minneapolis, November 2013.

Presenter and moderator, "Social Impact Bonds" and "Government, Banks, and Agencies," Exploring Social Funding Methods, 2013 Social Innovation Summit, University of Michigan, October 2013.

Presented "When the Client Invests in Risky Places: Protection of Foreign Direct Investment," ABA Premier Speaker Series, August 2013.

Faculty member, "Building and Managing Effective Strategic Partnerships," Boulder Institute of Microfinance, Turin, Italy, July 29–Aug. 2, 2013.

Panelist, "The Role of Self-Regulation in Crowdfunding Social Enterprise," Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado–Boulder's Conference on "Crowdfunding and Its Implications for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Setting the Research Agenda," Boulder, Colorado, July 2013.

Participated in a White House convening on "Advancing the Practice of Pay for Success," co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, Washington, D.C., July 2013.

Panelist, "Community Economic Development 101," ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Washington, D.C., May 2013.

Co-presented "Serving the Economy through Collaborative Impact: Case Study of Three-Clinic Collaboration in Representing a Global Leader in Social Entrepreneurship," 12th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference, Austin, Texas, April 2013.

Presented "What Former Students are Teaching Me: Post-Graduation Evaluations of a Transactional Clinic," Emory Law Conference on "Transactional Education: Preparing the Transactional Lawyer from Doctrine to Practice," November 2012.

Spoke on "The Rise of Social Impact Bonds" during a webcast sponsored by the Council of Development Finance Agencies, October 2012.

Participated in a panel discussion on "The EU Sovereign Debt Crisis: Do Lessons of the Past Offer Today's Solutions?", ABA International Law Section's fall meeting, Miami, October 2012.

Moderated a panel discussion on "Impact Investing: Legal Developments That Are Shaping Impact Investing Strategies," 23rd Annual Conference of Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, October 2012.

Faculty member, "Managing Debt Finance," Boulder Institute of Microfinance, Turin, Italy, July 30–Aug. 3, 2012.

Co-presented "Building Houses While Building Lawyers: Case Study of Micro Build," Entering the Mainstream: Clinic for All?, sponsored by the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Durham, United Kingdom, July 2012.

Participant, Indicators in Global Governance: Legal Dimensions, 8th Viterbo GAL Seminar, Rome, Italy, June 2012.

Presented "Representing Clients Across Borders," Transactional Clinical Conference, Los Angeles, April 2012.

Panelist, "Exploring Opportunities for Working with Private Investors to Implement the IFAD Governing Council Directive on Alternative Resource Mobilization," Mobilizing Resources for IFAD Programmes: Alternative Resources and Innovative Modalities, sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, Italy, June 2012.

Panelist, "NYU Series on Impact Investing: Legal and Policy Issues," New York City, April 2012.

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