Josephine Nelson is an expert legal consultant, start-up advisor, and adjunct professor of Business Law. She has advised hundreds of students on their own start-ups and business goals. She writes on business issues, the federal courts, and on white collar crime. She has received numerous awards from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, including most recently the Academy’s 2015 Outstanding Proceedings prize and the 2015 Gaylord Jentz Memorial Scholarship. She is currently co-authoring with Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law at Cornell Law School, the Oxford University Press book Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Josephine has taught classes on how to stay out of legal trouble for business people, as well as advanced commercial law, at the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University and the Mihaylo School at Cal State Fullerton. She mentored a class on New Venture Finance in the MBA program at Haas Business School, part of the University of California at Berkeley. For the past few years, she has been an Advisor to the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
A distinguished graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Josephine was the Supreme Court Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review. She clerked for federal trial and appellate judges before being selected as Staff Counsel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Josephine served as a prosecutor and as a business litigator before teaching in business schools.