Jennifer S. Fan

  • D. Wayne and Anne Gittinger Professor of Law
  • Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
  • Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

Contact

Phone: (206) 685-2636
Email: jsfan@uw.edu

Education

A.B. 1995, with distinction, Stanford University J.D. 1998, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Business and Corporate Law — Contracts — Corporate Governance — Entrepreneurial Law — Law and Technology — Nonprofits — Technology Transfer — Venture Capital

Recent Courses

LAW A 515 Business Organizations
LAW E 523 Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

Professor Jennifer S. Fan joined the University of Washington School of Law in 2010. Professor Fan is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, faculty director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and faculty advisor for the Law, Business, and Entrepreneurship track. In addition to the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, she teaches business organizations. Professor Fan is the 2019 recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award given by the student body.

Professor Fan earned her A.B. in Political Science, with distinction, from Stanford University. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a senior associate in the corporate securities group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Professor Fan was also the inaugural director of the Pro Bono Program of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. Previously, she served as the Vice President and Director of Legal Affairs of the Asian Pacific Fund, a community foundation serving the Asian American community in the Bay Area.

Professor Fan's research explores questions of corporate law in the context of entrepreneurship and innovation, with a focus on corporate governance. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews


Professional Publications


  • Panelist, "The JOBS Act at 10: The Transformation of Capital Raising and the Reach of Public Company Regulation", Plenary Panel, National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Oklahoma College of Law (June 17, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Nontraditional Investors", Retail Investors & Corporate Governance, National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Oklahoma College of Law (June 16, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Woke Capital Revisited", Berle XIII – Inclusive Corporate Leadership Conference, McGill University (May 20, 2022)
  • Speaker, "An Introduction to Venture Capital", UCLA School of Law (April 14, 2022)
  • Speaker, "An Introduction to Venture Capital", UCLA School of Law (April 12, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Startup Biases", Tulane Corporate and Securities Law Roundtable, Tulane University School of Law (March 19, 2022)
  • Speaker, "The Landscape of Startup Corporate Governance in the Founder-Friendly Era", Faculty Colloquium, The George Washington University Law School (November 3, 2021)
  • Speaker, "The Landscape of Startup Corporate Governance in the Founder-Friendly Era", National Business Law Scholars Conference (Virtual), University of Tennessee College of Law (June 17, 2021)
  • Speaker, "The Evolution of Corporate Governance Practices of Venture Capital-Backed Companies", The Modern Corporation, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting (Virtual), (May 28, 2021)
  • Speaker, "The State of Corporate Governance in Venture Capital-Backed Companies: The Good, the Bad, and COVID-19", Works in Progress Group #17: Entrepreneurship, Small Business & Local Government (Virtual), AALS Clinical Conference (April 30, 2021)
  • Speaker, "The Corporation’s Role in Social Movements", The Journal of Corporation Law and the Iowa Black Law Student Association (Virtual) (April 21, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Identifying Social Needs and Creating Companies", William and Mary Business Law Review Symposium: Social Entrepreneurship and the Law (Virtual), William and Mary Business Law Review (March 20, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Corporate Social Responsibility and Employment Law", 2021 University of Richmond Law Review Symposium—Corporate and Securities Law in the Time of Coronavirus (Virtual), University of Richmond School of Law (March 5, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Legal Issues and Intellectual Property", The Washington Entrepreneurial Research, Evaluation, and Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH) Biomedical Innovation Bootcamp and CoMotion I-Corps Program (Virtual), WE-Reach and CoMotion I-Corps Program (February 11, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Section on Economic Globalization and Governance: COVID-19 and Corporate Governance", AALS Annual Meeting (Virtual), Association of American Law Schools (AALS) (January 9, 2021)