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Dana Thompson is a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and the founding director of the Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic, where she represents University of Michigan student-led ventures. Prior to the Entrepreneurship Clinic, she taught in the Urban Communities Clinic, where she represented small businesses, startup ventures, and community-based organizations.

Prior to joining Michigan Law, Thompson, founded and taught Wayne State University Law School's Small Business and Nonprofit 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.

Thompson 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. 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.

Thompson also is a guest writer of Crain's Detroit Business's "Small Biz and the Law".

Prior to entering academia, Thompson, practiced at Morrison and Foerster, LLP in San Francisco, then at Miller, Starr and Regalia in Walnut Creek, California, where she specialized in commercial real estate and corporate law. She then joined the Nature Conservancy in San Francisco as regional counsel, where she represented the organization on land conservation transactions.

Thompson is the chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, is a past co-chair of the Legal Educator's Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, and also is the immediate past co-chair of the Association of American Law School's Clinical Law Section's Awards Committee. She sits on the board of directors of Michigan Community Resources. She also served on former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's emerging Small Business Leaders and Entrepreneurial Council.

Thompson received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her AB from Bryn Mawr College.

EDUCATION

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Two openings on the Board of Governors will be filled at the General Election. Professor Dana Thompson recommends that voters also vote for Justice Marilyn Kelly for the WSU Board. You may visit her website here http://www.marilynkellyforwsu.com/

EDUCATION

WHY DANA THOMPSON

As a former law professor at Wayne Law School, I know first hand the opportunities that the University can bring to the city of Detroit and the communities it serves. I feel that Wayne could be the fulcrum of activities that could serve the city’s needs, as well as bring an increasingly varied type of learning to its students. I am running because I believe that access to a quality public education is vital to the success of Michigan’s economy and its citizens.

As a law professor, I will bring a unique perspective to the Board of Governors. Since 2005, I have been a law school academic. I am currently a law professor at the University of Michigan Law School and am the founding director of the Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic. This Clinic assists the University of Michigan’s student entrepreneurs to become the next generation of innovators. I have already assisted student entrepreneurs who have developed groundbreaking technologies, acquired funding and brought numerous jobs to local communities.

During my time as a Wayne Law School professor, I founded the Law School’s first Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic assisting local small businesses and nonprofits to provide much needed jobs, products and services to citizens in Detroit and the metro Detroit area. I was also the director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African-American Legal History.

I understand the pressing issues impacting higher education students, faculty and staff. I will fight to ensure that Wayne is accessible and affordable to the entire population of Michigan. I will work to enhance the opportunities for Michigan’s working families and young people at Wayne. Furthermore, I will advocate for programs that allow Wayne to play a prominent role in the economic revitalization of Detroit. The city deserves no less. I will also work hard to advocate for job security, academic freedom and professional development opportunities for Wayne State University faculty.

I am eager to put my experience to work for Wayne State University. Join my campaign and support a candidate who can make a real difference not just talk about it.

EDUCATION

MEET DANA THOMPSON

A University educator for over nine years, Dana Thompson is a clinical professor of law and is the founding director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic where she represents University of Michigan student-led 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 based in Detroit.

Prior to joining Michigan Law, Thompson founded and directed Wayne State University Law School's Small Business and Nonprofit 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.

Prior to entering academia, Thompson, practiced at Morrison and Foerster, LLP in San Francisco, then at Miller, Starr and Regalia in Walnut Creek, California, where she specialized in commercial real estate and corporate law. She then joined the Nature Conservancy in San Francisco as regional counsel, where she represented the organization on land conservation transactions.

Her article “Accelerating the Growth of the Next Generation of Innovators” discusses the importance of campus incubators collaborating with law school clinics and was recently published in Volume 8, Number 2 of the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal in 2013.

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 Winter 2013 in Volume 2.1 of 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.

Thompson also is a guest writer of Crain's Detroit Business's "Small Biz and the Law" where she discusses the myriad legal issues small business owners confront when establishing and operating their businesses.

Thompson is the chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and is a past co-chair of the Legal Educator's Committee of the American Bar Association’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. She sits on the board of directors of Michigan Community Resources, a nonprofit organization that serves nonprofit and community based organizations in Detroit and Michigan. She also served on former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's emerging Small Business Leaders and Entrepreneurial Council.

Thompson received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her AB from Bryn Mawr College.

Thompson is married with a five year old son.

EDUCATION

DANA'S PLATFORM

Academic Excellence
Affordable Tuition
Diversity
Student Retention
Impactful Community Engagement
Faculty Security and Professional Development Opportunities

As your next Governor of the Wayne State University Board I will fight to keep tuition affordable and ensure that students coming to Wayne State University have the resources to succeed and graduate. As a university teacher I understand first hand how important it is to maintain academic excellence and give students the opportunity to obtain a meaningful education. My goal is to ensure that students graduate within six years or less.
At the center of that is the need for diversity and equity. Students of color including African Americans, Latinos and all students should have their needs met when they call Wayne State their college of choice. Wayne State can be the leader in educational diversity while achieving academic excellence. The two are not mutually exclusive. They are interconnected.

Wayne faculty are central to Wayne students achieving academic excellence. This is why when I am on the Board, I will work to ensure that Wayne faculty have job security, academic freedom and professional development opportunities which will enable them to better serve Wayne students.

Wayne should be vibrantly engaged in Detroit's affairs and overall wellbeing. The university should be organically involved in the entire life of the city and my goal will be to ascertain that Wayne occupies the front row seat when issues of community involvement come up. Wayne should not wait to be called to be part of important community initiatives. Instead it should take the lead and rally the community around matters that will not only move our city and region forward, but also enhance its standing in the community for the greater good.

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