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Priya Baskaran

2016-17 Priya Baskaran

Associate Professor of Law
Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic


  • New York University, B.A.
  • University of Michigan, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, M.U.P.
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.


Priya Baskaran is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic (EILC). As Director of the Clinic, Professor Baskaran provides pro-bono legal support to small businesses, community organizations, nonprofits, and individual entrepreneurs throughout the state. Under her guidance, the EILC has expanded to provide important educational and capacity building services to West Virginia communities. Her recent projects include legal educational workshops and toolkits on “Raising Community Based Capital”, “Developing Rural Broadband Cooperatives”, and “Rent to Own” schemes targeting victims of natural disasters in West Virginia. In addition to the EILC, Professor Baskaran also teaches Business Organizations and other transactional law courses.

Professor Baskaran’s scholarship, advocacy, and teaching centers on increasing economic opportunity for vulnerable communities through transactional lawyering. She is an expert in employment related collateral consequences in West Virginia and recently testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Professor Baskaran has also partnered with Legal Aid to launch a statewide “Community Economic Development Law Project.” This project improves access to legal services for low-income entrepreneurs as well as community organizations in West Virginia. Professor Baskaran is a vocal advocate of social justice oriented clinical pedagogy and his written on the importance of intentionally incorporating justice into transactional clinics.

Professor Baskaran came to WVU from the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Visiting Professor and Supervising Attorney. Baskaran previously worked with the Community and Economic Development Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a staff attorney. Baskaran provided transactional legal services to community based organizations, non-profits, and small businesses in the City of Detroit and the District of Columbia. Baskaran has also worked on international land use issues as a research fellow for the East West Management Institute. Her work focused on environmental and land use issues with vulnerable populations in Cambodia.


  • Respect the Hustle: Returning Citizens, Necessity Entrepreneurship, and Social Enterprise Strategies, 78 Md. L. Rev. (2019 Forthcoming)
  • The Economic Justice Imperative for Lawyers in “Trump Country”, 8 Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice (forthcoming 2018)
  • Transactional Clinics as Change Agents in the Trump Era: Lessons from Two Contexts, 26.2 Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law 335 (2017)
  • “Experiential Learning through Popular Multimedia” co-authored book chapter, (forthcoming December 2018) available at
  • Worker Cooperatives: An Introduction to Worker Cooperatives and Their Role in the Changing Economy, ABA J. Affordable Housing & Commun. Dev. L. (Vol. 24, No. 2, 2016)

Selected Presentations

  • The Urgency of Poverty – An Economic Justice Symposium, University of Tennessee Law School. October 24, 2018 (symposium organizer)
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights – West Virginia Advisory Committee, Criminal Record’s Impact on Occupational Licensing (Testimony). July 19, 2018
  • AALS Clinical Conference, Plenary II: Identifying and Pursuing Interest Convergence Strategies in the Representation of Our Clients and the Pursuit of Building Community. May 1, 2018

Teaching Experience

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic, WVU College of Law Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center, 2013-2016
  • Community Economic Development Clinic, University of Michigan Law School, 2011-2013

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, 2013-2016
  • Staff Attorney, University of Michigan Law School, Community Economic Development Clinic, 2011-201
  • Law Fellow, East West Management Institute, 2009-2011
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