Jennifer S. Fan

  • Affiliate Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 685-2636


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 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

  • Speaker, "Women in Startups", Cornell Law School (October 1, 2023)
  • Panelist, "How to Become a Law Professor: Perspectives from AAPI/MENA Women Law Professors", AAPI/MENA Women in the Legal Academy Summer Zoom Session (Virtual), (June 29, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Corporations and Abortion Rights in a Post-Dobbs World", Western People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference with the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, LMU Loyola Law School (June 27, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Woke Capital Revisited", Business Law Section Meeting, American Bar Association (April 29, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Venture Capital and Term Sheets", UCLA School of Law (April 20, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Company Formation", CoMotion, University of Washington (April 11, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Startup Biases", Startups and Venture Capitalists Class, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (February 15, 2023)
  • Panelist, Overview of USPTO Pro Bono Program with Will Covey, Dahlia George, Homer Hsu, and Tom Wong, Ethical Duties and Promoting Inventor Diversity for Patent Practitioners, Washington State Patent Law Association (January 18, 2023)
  • Panelist, "The Great Corporate Awokening: Confronting Litigation Risk and Political Fallout For Exercising Social Leadership", Plenary Panel, NAPABA Convention (November 4, 2022)
  • Panelist, "UW Converge Special Session: Innovation for Impact", UW Converge, University of Washington (October 14, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Startup Biases", UC Hastings College of Law (October 4, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Jennifer Fan on Startup Boards", Andrew K. Jennings Business Scholarship Podcast (October 3, 2022)
  • Speaker, Amplifying the Washington Pro Bono Patent Network Through Legal Consults USPTO Patent Pro Bono Quarterly Meeting (September 21, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Deciding to Enter Administration", Second Annual Workshop for AAPI Women in the Legal Academy, UC Davis School of Law (September 17, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Innovating Inclusion", Independent Director Initiative, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (August 16, 2022)