Andrew Foster is a clinical professor of law and director of Experiential Education and Clinical Programs. He also serves as director of the Law School’s Community Enterprise Clinic, and teaches non-clinical courses in community development law and other substantive areas.
Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty in 2002, Foster practiced with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he co-founded the firm's community development law team. He now maintains a limited private practice that is concentrated in the areas of nonprofit, affordable housing, and community development law. He represents developers, financial institutions, local governments and local, statewide, regional, and national nonprofits on a wide range of community revitalization projects.
Before becoming a lawyer, Foster held leadership positions with several nonprofit community development organizations based in North Carolina. These include the Southern Rural Development Initiative, the North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center, the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations. In all of these positions, he worked with community-based organizations, leading private sector institutions and public policymakers to develop and implement community economic development strategies in order to increase economic opportunities for the residents of low-wealth communities in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.
Foster is licensed to practice in North Carolina. He is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the ABA's Business Law Section and Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. He has held leadership positions with the North Carolina Bar Association and is active in its Business Law Section. Foster also is active in the membership of several academic associations, including the American Association of Law Schools and the Clinical Legal Educators Association. He is currently serving a two-year term on the AALS Committee on Clinic Legal Education and is on the board of directors of the Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation.
Foster received his BA in political science, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1991 and his JD in 2000 from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar and graduated Order of the Coif.