Associate Professor of Law
J.D. 2002, Harvard Law School
B.A. 1991, Dartmouth College
Professor Michele DeStefano is the founder and co-creator of LawWithoutWalls, a new part-virtual collaboratory that brings together over 300 students, faculty, practitioners, academics, entrepreneurs, business and law students, and venture capitalists from around the world to innovate legal education and practice, to engage on the burning issues facing the legal profession, collaboratively solve legal problems, and develop the skillsets needed to thrive in the new, global legal marketplace.
Professor DeStefano teaches civil procedure, professional responsibility, and a course on law, technology, and innovation, and a virtual class called Compliance E-lliance. Her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship. Her most recently published scholarship investigates recent innovations in the law market including litigation funding and the changing role general counsels play in managing compliance and public relations. She has conducted over 70 interviews with general counsels and chief compliance officers of large publicly traded corporations and has written extensively on the corporate attorney-client privilege and work product doctrines.
Before starting at Miami Law, Professor 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. From 2003 to 2004, Professor DeStefano clerked for Chief Judge William G. Young of the Federal District Court of Massachusetts. She also worked for a year as a Special Master on a patent law case. Before attending law school, Professor DeStefano was a Senior Marketing Manager at Levi Strauss & Company (1995-1998) and an Account Executive at Leo Burnett Advertising Company (1991-1995). She holds a JD from Harvard Law School, a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, and has been admitted to the Minnesota, Massachusetts, and District of Columbia bars.