Erika J.S. Buell, Director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Program
Erika Buell draws on her extensive experience in corporate law and working with technology companies to teach courses in the area of entrepreneurship, financing and transactions. She has advised startups and other technology companies over the last 13 years. Most recently, she led corporate and transactional legal matters as in-house corporate counsel for Revolution Money Inc.
James Cox, Faculty Director
James D. Cox is the Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at Duke Law School where he specializes in the areas of corporate and securities law. Cox has published extensively in the areas of market regulation and corporate governance and has testified before the U.S. House and Senate on insider trading, class actions, and market reform issues. In 2009, he was appointed to the Bipartisan Policy Center's credit rating agency task force.
Emilie Aguirre is a business law scholar whose research focuses on companies pursuing both social purpose and profit. She joined the faculty of Duke Law School in June 2021, and holds both a JD from Harvard Law and a Ph.D in Health Policy and Management from Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Lawrence G. Baxter rejoined the Duke Law faculty in 2009 as a visiting professor of the practice of law. He was a member of Duke Law’s governing faculty from 1986 to 1995 before joining Wachovia Bank, first serving as special counsel for strategic development and then as corporate executive vice president. He also founded Wachovia’s Emerging Businesses and Insurance Group and eBusiness Group and served as chief eCommerce officer from 2001 to 2006.
Stuart M. Benjamin holds the Douglas B. Maggs Chair in Law at Duke Law School. He recently served as the Federal Communications Commission’s first Distinguished Scholar in Residence and spent the spring 2010 semester in Washington, D.C., working in the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning on issues relating to spectrum policy and the First Amendment.
Gina-Gail Fletcher is a scholar of complex financial instruments and market regulation. Fletcher’s current research focuses on the interplay of public regulation and private ordering in enhancing market stability and integrity. Fletcher joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2020 from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law where she was an associate professor of law.
John de Figueiredo is professor of law and business at Duke. He studies competitive strategy, political and legal strategy, law and economics, and the management of innovation. His current work examines corporate legislative and regulatory lobbying behavior in telecommunications, health care, and other high technology industries. Prior to joining Duke Law School in 2010, he was an associate professor of strategic management and associate professor of law at the UCLA Anderson School.
Elisabeth D. de Fontenay is an associate professor of law. She studies corporate law and corporate finance. She teaches Business Associations, Corporate Finance, and Private Equity & Hedge Funds, and received the law school’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014. After graduating magna cum laude with her J.D. from Harvard Law School, de Fontenay practiced as a corporate associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, debt financing, and private investment funds.
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 Law School faculty, Foster practiced law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, where he was a founding member of the firm’s community development law team.
Paul H. Haagen is a professor of law and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Duke Law School. His scholarly interests include contracts, jurisdiction, arbitration, and sports law. He is co-director of the Duke Center for Sports and the Law and chair of Duke University’s student athlete counseling committee. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Sports Law Reporter Advisory Board.
Kip Johnson was the founding director of the Start-Up Ventures Clinic which he co-taught during its pilot phase in the spring 2011 semester. Johnson is also a founding partner of the Morningstar Law Group in Morrisville, N.C., and an experienced securities and technology attorney.
Bryan McGann is a clinical professor of law and director of the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. McGann is of-counsel to the Smith Anderson firm in Raleigh, an entrepreneur in residence at the University of North Carolina, and a contributor to the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. He is also the inventor and founder of the Pill Pockets® brand pet treats, the world’s leading medicine delivery aid for animals.
Arti K. Rai, the Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law at Duke Law School, is an expert in patent law, administrative law, law and the biopharmaceutical industry, and health care regulation. From 2009 to 2010, Rai served in the United States Patent and Trademark Office as Administrator of the Office of External Affairs. As such, she was the agency's chief liaison to Congress, other executive-branch agencies, and international institutions on matters of intellectual property and innovation policy.
Jeff Ward is an associate clinical professor of law and director of Duke’s Center on Law & Technology, which coordinates Duke’s leadership at the intersection of law and technology. Previously, Ward was director of the Start-Up Ventures Clinic, supervising attorney in the Law School’s Community Enterprise Clinic, and an associate with the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, where he focused on M&A and capital markets transactions.
John C. Weistart is a professor of law and a 1968 graduate of Duke Law School. He is a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission and is a frequent commentator on issues of business and culture. His teaching and research focus on the areas of commercial paper, secured transactions, contracts (including sales), credit transactions, antitrust, athletics and the legal process, and labor law.
Thomas Williams is the supervising attorney in the Duke Law School Start-Up Ventures Clinic, as well as the director of the JD/MA in Bioethics and Science Policy joint degree program. In the Start-Up Ventures Clinic, he works with students to represent North Carolina-based early stage for-profit and nonprofit entities. His academic interest in the start-up area is focused on access to economic independence for normally marginalized groups, including disadvantaged youth and children, and women and minorities.