Michele DeStefano Associate Professor of Law University of Miami School of Law
Michele DeStefano was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where she was previously the Associate Research Director of the Program on the Legal Profession. Her primary area of scholarly interest is in the growing intersection between law and business, how this intersection is reshaping the role of both inside and outside counsel, and the consequences of these developments for clients, the profession, and the public. Employing a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, Professor DeStefano's most recent published research investigates the role general counsels play in managing public relations for high profile corporate legal controversies. She is currently researching the changing role of compliance by conducting interviews of general counsels and chief compliance officers of large, publicly traded corporations.
Professor DeStefano is spearheading LawWithoutWalls™ a collaborative, part-virtual, academic model that brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice. Students from Miami Law, Fordham Law, Harvard Law, New York Law School, Peking University School of Transnational Law, and University College London Faculty of Laws will be paired up to conduct investigative research on an assigned topic to identify a problem in legal education or practice. Then, over the course of the semester, the pair of students will develop a Project of Worth that will offer creative solutions to the identified issue. Class will be virtual and entail guest presentations by thought leaders and active learning sessions that focus on business and team skills, interview techniques, and idea generation. Students will also be paired up with an academic mentor and a practitioner mentor for a series of virtual conversations, and have access to an entrepreneur advisory board and a subject expert board. Professor DeStefano also teaches courses in professional responsibility, civil procedure, and business associations.