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Editorial Team

Editorial Team:
Constance E. Bagley
Esther Barron
Cassady V. ("Cass") Brewer
Eric Gouvin
Laura L. Hollis
Praveen Kosuri
Lisa Lesage
Tony Luppino
Karl Okamoto
Previous Editors

Constance E. Bagley, Yale University School of Management

Constance BagleyConstance E. Bagley is Professor in the Practice of Law and Management at Yale University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Yale Law School. Her courses include legal aspects of entrepreneurship and law for executives. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Senior Lecturer in Law and Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2000, she was a corporate securities partner in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen where she represented a variety of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and start-ups. She was also a member of the faculty of the Young Presidents Organization International University for Presidents in Hong Kong and Prague.

She is the author of Managers and the Legal Environment: Strategies for the 21st Century (7th ed. 2012) and Winning Legally: How Managers Can Use the Law to Create Value, Marshal Resources,and Manage Risk (2005) and the coauthor (with Craig E. Dauchy) of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law (4th ed. 2011).  Professor Bagley is Immediate Past President of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) and received the Academy’s Senior Faculty Award of Excellence in 2006. She served on the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority from 2005 – 2008.

She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Harvard Law School where she was invited to join the Harvard Law Review. She received her A.B., with Honors and Distinction, from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. In recognition of her pioneering work on the intersection of law and management, she received an honorary doctorate in economics from Lund University in 2011. [top]

Esther Barron, Northwestern University School of Law 

Esther Barron is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center at Northwestern University School of Law and a Clinical Associate Professor of Law.  In addition to her clinical work with the ELC, her other courses include Entrepreneurship Law, Venture Capital and Business Associations.  She also oversees the Law School’s Structuring Transactions program, which is a series of practical courses focused on specific areas of transactional law.

Prior to joining Northwestern Law School’s faculty, she practiced at Goldberg Kohn in Chicago in its commercial finance department. She represented lenders and other financial institutions in middle market debt transactions. In 2005, she also co-founded a start-up handbag company, Elezar, LLC.

She is the coauthor of the legal casebook Entrepreneurship Law.  She is a mentor for TechStars Chicago, a leading start-up accelerator and 1871, a nationally recognized technology shared workspace located in Chicago.  She received a Dean’s Teaching Award in 2010 and the SBA Faculty Appreciation Award in 2012. 

Professor Barron graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University and received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law. [top]

Cassady V. (“Cass”) Brewer, Georgia State University College of Law

Cass BrewerCassady V. (“Cass”) Brewer is Assistant Professor of Law at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  He teaches Basic Federal Income Taxation, Nonprofit Organizations, Taxation of Business Organizations, Partnership Taxation, and the Law of Social Enterprise.  His scholarship primarily focuses upon the legal and tax aspects of the intersection of tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations with for-profit enterprises and commercial activity.  In particular, Professor Brewer writes and speaks extensively on the legal and tax aspects of the emerging “hybrid” business forms such as the benefit corporation and the low-profit limited liability company.  He also co-founded the Nonprofit Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and he is a past Co-Chair of the Section.  Professor Brewer also participated in drafting and amending the Georgia Limited Liability Company and Limited Liability Partnership Acts and continues to serve as a member of the Partnerships and LLCs Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Professor Brewer previously was a partner in the Tax Group of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP and remains of counsel with the firm. He has been listed by Chambers USA since 2009 as a leading attorney in tax, and he also has been named a Legal Elite in the tax category by Georgia Trend magazine as recently as 2012. 

He earned his B.S. from Vanderbilt University.  His J.D. is from the University of Arkansas, with high honors,, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review.  He also holds an LL.M in Taxation from New York University, where he was a Graduate Editor of the Tax Law Review. [top]

Eric Gouvin, Western New England College School of Law

Eric Gouvin has been a professor at Western New England University School of Law since 1991 and became Dean of the School of Law in 2013.  He is the founder of both the Law School’s Small Business Clinic and the University’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  In practice he handled business law matters for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely-held concerns.  He has published numerous law review articles and is a co-author of the treatise Blumberg on Corporate Groups.   

He is currently the Chair of the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills.  An active member of the American Bar Association, Professor Gouvin has Co-Chaired the Business Law Education Committee of the Business Law Section and chaired the Adjunct Faculty Committee of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. He also sits on the advisory boards for the Scibelli Enterprise Center in Springfield, MA, and the Entrepreneurial Initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation in West Springfield, MA.   

He has a strong interest in business law beyond our borders as well.  He has taught in Lithuania and in France, has delivered lectures in China as a Fulbright Specialist, and has delivered papers in England, Belgium, Greece, France, and Canada.  He holds a B.A from Cornell, an MPA from Harvard, and a JD and LLM from Boston University. [top]

Laura L. Hollis, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Laura L. Hollis is a native of Champaign, Illinois.  She received her undergraduate degree in English and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame.  She is presently on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in business law and entrepreneurship. 

Professor Hollis’ career as an attorney has spanned 27 years, the past 22 of which have been in higher education. She has taught law at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has over a decade of experience in the development and delivery of entrepreneurship courses, seminars and workshops for multiple audiences.  Her specific expertise is in entrepreneurship and public policy, technology commercialization, economic development, and general business law.  Prior to her faculty appointments at Notre Dame, Professor Hollis served as Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship there.   She spent ten years at the University of Illinois as Program Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering, and Associate Director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Business. 

Professor Hollis began her academic career at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she was a tenured professor of law.  She later served as visiting professor of law at Michigan State University Law School.  In addition to her legal publications in the Temple Law Review, Cardozo Law Review and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, she has been a freelance political writer for The Detroit News and HOUR Detroit magazine.  She is a columnist for Townhall.com and the Christian Post.

Professor Hollis has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, community service and contributions to entrepreneurship education.  She is married to Jess Hollis, a musician, voiceover artist and audio engineer, and they have two children, Alistair and Celeste.  [top]

Praveen Kosuri, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Praveen Kosuri is a founding member of the eLaw Editorial Team.  He is a Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He currently serves on the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, Professor Kosuri taught at the University of Chicago Law School where he was the Assistant Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and Lecturer in Law and before that was an adjunct professor at Northwestern Law School. In addition to teaching and operating a clinic, he has taught courses in Entrepreneurship and the Law, Negotiation, Legal Ethics for Business Lawyers and Trial Advocacy.

In addition to his experience as a law professor, Professor Kosuri was a lawyer for a Chicago based boutique M&A law firm and an investment banker at Credit Suisse.   He began his law career as a trial attorney with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office.

He received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and A.B. from Duke University.  He is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Missouri. [top]

Lisa Lesage, Lewis and Clark Law School

 

Lisa LeSage is a Senior Legal Educator Advisor in the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), working on programs involving legal education, international rule of law and human rights.  Prior to joining ABA-ROLI in December of 2011 she served as Associate Dean and Director of Business Law programs at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where, among many other activities she founded the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic and taught a trial practice course. In addition to her teaching and program administration duties at Lewis & Clark, she also oversaw the law school’s four business law practical skills programs, including the Community Development Law Center Practicum and Clinical Internship Seminars: Corporate Counsel/IP and Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Law. In addition, she was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in law in Santiago, Chile for the 2010 academic year.

Prior to her ABA-ROLI and Lewise & Clark Law School positions, Lisa had an extensive complex civil litigation practice in state and federal courts, including civil racketeering, civil rights, and employment cases. She also has held several leadership positions and participated on numerous boards, including the statewide Access to Justice Committee, former Vice President of the Oregon State Bar, and a Past President of the Oregon Law Foundation. She has spoken around the country on issues related to access to justice, business law, clinical education, and pro bono and is now pursuing her passion for public service internationally.

 

Lisa Lesage is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Oregon State Bar.  She holds a B.A from the University of Portland, a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and is currently a candidate for a 2015 LLM in International Human Rights from the University of London. [top]

 

Tony Luppino, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Anthony (Tony) Luppino, who serves as Lead Editor of this Entrepreneurship Law site, is a Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Law Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, and a Teaching Fellow with the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UMKC.  His courses include business organizations, business planning and tax courses, and interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation course involving faculty and students from the business, engineering and law schools at UMKC. He also serves as a supervisor of the UMKC Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic.  Prior to joining the full-time Law School faculty at UMKC (having previously served for several years as an Adjunct Professor), he was in the private practice of law for a combined approximately nineteen years with the firms of Herrick and Smith in Boston, and Brown, Koralchik & Fingersh and Lewis, Rice and Fingersh in Kansas City. His practice included a wide variety of planning and transactional work for businesses of varying sizes and for owners of businesses. 

 After becoming a full-time member of the Law School faculty in 2001, Professor Luppino participated in the 2004-2005 Kauffman Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars Program, which included faculty from four Kansas City area institutions and multiple disciplines, and led directly to his involvement in the development of the interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation course, this Entrepreneurship Law website, and other law and entrepreneurship initiatives.  In 2010-2011 he was the principal organizer and initial chair of the Law & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE).   

His recent writings include pieces examining the role of lawyers as members of entrepreneurial teams, improvement of legal education to position students to become effective counselors to entrepreneurs, ownership issues related to university-generated innovation, and co-authorship of a paper proposing reforms to U.S. immigration law to facilitate the founding of start-up ventures by foreign students and graduates.  He also co-edited, with Robert Litan, the Elgar Publications Research Collection on Law &  Entrepreneurship (2013)[top]

Karl Okamoto, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University

Karl Okamoto serves as Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Business & Entrepreneurship Law at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.  He is also the founder and CEO of ApprenNet LLC, an education company.  Professor Okamoto is a nationally recognized leader in the pedagogy of transactional lawyering.  He serves as the Co-Chair of Business Law Education Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

 In addition to his experience as a law professor, Professor Okamoto was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Dechert LLP, a lawyer and investment professional at Soros Fund Management and Atticus Capital and a founding executive at an internet startup.  Professor Okamoto has served on several corporate boards and currently serves on the board of Cosi, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed restaurant company. 

 Professor Okamoto earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School.  Professor Okamoto is admitted to the bar in New York and Pennsylvania. [top]

 

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Thomas Morsch, Northwestern University School of Law

Thomas Morsch is founding Director of the Small Business Opportunity Center (SBOC) at Northwestern University Law School. He served in that capacity from the inception of the program in 1998 until 2008 when he was named Emeritus Director. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, he was a senior partner and member of the Executive Committee at Sidley Austin LLP, a multi-national law firm headquartered in Chicago.

The program at Northwestern expanded over his ten-year tenure to include high-demand courses in Entrepreneurship Law and Social Enterprise, seven seminars on “structuring transactions,” and a year-round clinical program in which law students provide hands-on legal assistance to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofit organizations.

The SBOC works closely with faculty and students from the University’s engineering, medical, and graduate business schools, and enrolls a large number of law students seeking the combined JD-MBA degree.

In addition to his work at the law school, Professor Morsch has been an active member of the Chicago legal community serving as President of the Chicago Bar Foundation, Public Interest Law Initiative, and Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law. He has received lifetime achievement and equivalent awards from numerous organizations including the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Northwestern University Law School, Loyola University School of Law, Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, the Anti-Defamation League, and Sidley Austin LLP.

Helen Scott, New York University School of Law

Helen Scott is Professor of Law and the founder and Co-Director of the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business at the New York University School of Law. In that capacity, she has participated in the development of innovative Law and Business courses, including Investing in Microfinance and Professional Responsibility in Law and Business. The Program also coordinates programming with the Stern School of Business, including the JD/MBA Program. Professor Scott oversees the competitive Leadership Scholars program, and runs the capstone seminar for the Program, Law, and Business Projects. She has been a member of the NYU School of Law faculty since 1982 and teaches a wide variety of business law courses, including the basic Contracts and Corporations courses.

From 1999-2004, Professor Scott co-chaired the Listing and Hearing Review Council of the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc., an independent advisory committee to the Board of Directors, with primary responsibility for formulating and recommending corporate governance and quantitative listing standards for that market. Professor Scott speaks regularly on corporate governance topics. In 1997, Professor Scott received the Legal Advocate of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in recognition of her participation in the development of the Angel Capital Electronic Network (ACE-Net) project to increase financing available to early-stage entrepreneurial enterprises. Before joining the law faculty, Professor Scott practiced law in Washington D.C. and New York.

Lisa Lesage, Lewis and Clark Law School

Lisa LeSage is Associate Dean and Director of business law programs at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She is the founder of the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic and teaches a trial practice course. In addition to her teaching and program administration duties, she also oversees the law school’s four business law practical skills programs, including the Community Development Law Center Practicum and Clinical Internship Seminars: Corporate Counsel/IP and Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Law. She also has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in law in Santiago, Chile for the 2010 academic year.

Prior to joining the law school, she had an extensive complex civil litigation practice in state and federal courts, including civil racketeering, civil rights, and employment cases. Dean LeSage has held several leadership positions and participates on numerous boards, including the statewide Access to Justice Committee, former Vice President of the Oregon State Bar, and a Past President of the Oregon Law Foundation. She has spoken around the country on issues related to access to justice, business law, clinical education, and pro bono. She is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Oregon State Bar.

Lisa Lesage, Lewis and Clark Law School

Lisa LeSage is Associate Dean and Director of business law programs at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She is the founder of the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic and teaches a trial practice course. In addition to her teaching and program administration duties, she also oversees the law school’s four business law practical skills programs, including the Community Development Law Center Practicum and Clinical Internship Seminars: Corporate Counsel/IP and Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Law. She also has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in law in Santiago, Chile for the 2010 academic year.

Prior to joining the law school, she had an extensive complex civil litigation practice in state and federal courts, including civil racketeering, civil rights, and employment cases. Dean LeSage has held several leadership positions and participates on numerous boards, including the statewide Access to Justice Committee, former Vice President of the Oregon State Bar, and a Past President of the Oregon Law Foundation. She has spoken around the country on issues related to access to justice, business law, clinical education, and pro bono. She is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Oregon State Bar.

Lisa Lesage, Lewis and Clark Law School

Lisa LeSage is Associate Dean and Director of business law programs at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She is the founder of the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic and teaches a trial practice course. In addition to her teaching and program administration duties, she also oversees the law school’s four business law practical skills programs, including the Community Development Law Center Practicum and Clinical Internship Seminars: Corporate Counsel/IP and Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Law. She also has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in law in Santiago, Chile for the 2010 academic year.

Prior to joining the law school, she had an extensive complex civil litigation practice in state and federal courts, including civil racketeering, civil rights, and employment cases. Dean LeSage has held several leadership positions and participates on numerous boards, including the statewide Access to Justice Committee, former Vice President of the Oregon State Bar, and a Past President of the Oregon Law Foundation. She has spoken around the country on issues related to access to justice, business law, clinical education, and pro bono. She is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Oregon State Bar.

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