- Associate Director, Organizations and Transactions Clinic
- Lecturer in Law
- Room N145, Neukom Building
Michelle Sonu is a Lecturer in Law and the Associate Director for the Organizations and Transactions Clinic at Stanford Law School. She supervises and works closely with second- and third-year law students as they learn the practice of corporate and transactional law. The clinic’s clients are all established nonprofit corporations and active in fields such as agriculture, visual and performing arts, education, business incubation, and the environment.
Before joining Stanford in 2012, Michelle practiced at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto, California for over ten years, where she focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate law and securities transactions for technology and life sciences companies and investors. She also worked as a staff attorney at IBM’s global headquarters in Armonk, New York.
Michelle received her JD from Harvard Law School in 1999, where she served as Technical Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. She earned her SB in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996.
Organizations and Transactions Clinic
Students work on structural, programmatic, contractual, affiliation, and governance matters for corporate entities. Students typically represent multiple clients during the term, interact with client CEOs, CFOs, board members, and general counsels, and work in teams with other students and the instructors. Students receive detailed comments about the design, content, and execution of work-products and client communications, and about their performance in client meetings and calls. Students regularly assess their own work throughout the quarter and prepare a self-evaluation at the end of the term.View Organizations and Transactions Clinic
Nonprofit Forms and Sample Documents
The Organizations and Transactions Clinic maintains a website containing roughly 200 form and precedent legal documents for nonprofit organizations. The materials relate to corporate governance; programmatic and earned income activities; fiscal sponsorship and other relationships unique to nonprofits; everyday contracting; and other areas. They include governance documents, contracts, practical management tools, and examples of advice communications. The site also contains a brief discussion about our take on legal document design.
The site is a resource targeted to lawyers and law clinics who work with nonprofits, whether on a pro bono or for-pay basis; lawyers who otherwise are looking for precedents; legal educators; and individuals who are interested in legal document design.visit site for documents