Seth C. Oranburg, J.D.

Seth C. Oranburg

Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law
Law

Room 233, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6307
oranburgs@duq.edu
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=2256355

Education:

J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., University of Florida
Bio

Professor Seth C. Oranburg studies the effect of law on innovation and the economy. His research includes Internet shareholder activism, crowdfunding, venture capital and angel investing, smart contracts, network effects, information brokerage, and other commercial activities that relate to securities regulation, corporate finance, business associations, contracts, and related legal issues. He publishes his research in esteemed journals such as the Rutgers University Law Review, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, and Fordham Journal of Corporate Law, and he has been interviewed by popular publications such as the The Wall Street Journal, AboveTheLaw.com, and CommPro.biz

Oranburg teaches Contracts and Corporations at Duquesne Law. Before joining the Duquesne faculty in 2016, he taught legal writing courses at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and taught Corporations, Closely Held Business Organizations, and Electronic Discovery of Digital Evidence at the Florida State University College of Law. Oranburg’s practice experience includes providing corporate counsel and managing venture capital transactions in Silicon Valley, Calif., and litigating antitrust matters in Washington, D.C. 

Oranburg graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida with a double major in political science and English. Oranburg is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia. 

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Courses

FALL 2018
Contracts (02)
Fall 2018 Contracts

Corporations (61)
Fall 2018 Corporations

SPRING 2019
Contracts (02)
Corporations (61)

FALL 2019
Corporations (01)
Venture Capital Law (61)

Honors/Professional Affiliations

State Bar of California

Bar of the District of Columbia

Scholarship

Book Chapter

Startup Financing

Seth C. Oranburg, Startup Financing, chapter in In Startup Creation for the Smart Eco-Efficient Built Environment, (F. Pacheco Torgal ed., Elsevier Press 2016). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2743072

Articles

Female entrepreneurs and equity crowdfunding in the US: Receiving less when asking for more

Seth C. Oranburg and Mark Geiger, Female Entrepreneurs and Equity Crowdfunding in the US: Receiving Less When Asking for More, 10 J. Bus. Venturing Insights (Oct. 9, 2018). https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XsSe_rVboLaUw, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2018.e00099, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3263521

Hyperfunding

Seth C. Oranburg, Hyperfunding, 89 U. Colo. L.R. 1033-1099 (2018). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2982554

Unbundling Employment: Flexible Benefits for a New Economy

Seth C. Oranburg, Unbundling Employment: Flexible Benefits for a New Economy, 11 Drexel L.R. 1-35 (2018). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3135936

Democratizing Startups

Seth C. Oranburg, Democratizing Startups, 68 Rutgers U.L. Rev. (2016). http://www.rutgerslawreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/02_Oranburg-2.pdf

A Place of Their Own: Crowds in the New Market for Equity Crowdfunding

Seth C. Oranburg, A Place of Their Own: Crowds in the New Market for Equity Crowdfunding, 100 Minne. L.R. Headnotes 147 (2016). http://www.minnesotalawreview.org/headnotes/a-place-of-their-own-crowds-in-the-n...

Oranburg on Crowdfunding

Seth C. Oranburg, Oranburg on Crowdfunding, IIT Chicago-Kent Faculty Blog (October 6, 2015). http://blogs.kentlaw.iit.edu/faculty/2015/10/06/oranburg-on-crowdfunding/

Crowdfunding Rebooted: It's Not Just for Startups Anymore

Seth C. Oranburg, Crowdfunding Rebooted: It's Not Just for Startups Anymore, GoodCrowd (September 24, 2015). Blog post. http://goodcrowd.info/crowdfunding-rebooted-its-not-just-for-startups-anymore/

Bridgefunding: Crowdfunding and the Market for Entrepreneurial Finance

Seth C. Oranburg, Bridgefunding: Crowdfunding and the Market for Entrepreneurial Finance, 25 Cornell J.L.Pub. Po'y 297 (2015). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2544365

The Law and Economics of the Series A Gap

Seth C. Oranburg, The Law and Economics of the Series A Gap, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog (April 6, 2015). http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2015/04/06/the-law-economics-of-the-series-a-...

Crowdfunding under Title III Doesn't Work, but We Can Fix It, Law

Seth C. Oranburg, Crowdfunding under Title III Doesn't Work, but We Can Fix It, Law, Law & Economics Professor Blog (February 22, 2015). http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_econ/2015/02/sure-crowdfunding-under-title-...

Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism

Seth C. Oranburg, Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog (January 14, 2015). http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2015/01/14/how-twitter-is-disrupting-sharehol...

A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism

Seth C. Oranburg, A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism, 20 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 695 (2015). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2544363

Presentations

Justice! Justice! An Interfaith Panel on Morality and the Law

Seth C. Oranburg (moderator), Seth Adelson, James Bailey, Haider Hamoudi, and John Hopper. Justice! Justice! An Interfaith Panel on Morality and the Law, panel discussion at Duquesne University School of Law (April 25, 2018). https://youtu.be/dhV1keKpxxY

Blockchain Regulation

Seth C. Oranburg, Blockchain Regulation, presentation at Blockchain & Governance, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (March 21, 2018). https://fedsoc.org/events/blockchain-governance

The Shared Worker: A New Labor Classification for the Sharing Economy

Seth C. Oranburg, The Shared Worker: A New Labor Classification for the Sharing Economy, CLE at Labor Law & the Sharing Economy, University of Nebraska (March 12, 2018). https://youtu.be/YEKVaTtg8X8

Labor Law, Occupational Licensing, and the Sharing Economy

Seth C. Oranburg, Labor Law, Occupational Licensing, and the Sharing Economy, Workshop at Workshop on the Law & Economics of the Sharing Economy at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School (February 1, 2018).

Corporate Governance, Legal Ethics

Seth C. Oranburg with Eli Elias, Corporate Governance, Legal Ethics, CLE at Duquesne University School of Law (May 13, 2017).

Hyperfunding

Seth C. Oranburg, Hyperfunding, 2017 Mon River Colloquium Conference at Morgantown, WV (March 24, 2017).

A Place of Their Own: Crowds in the New Market for Equity Crowdfunding

Seth C. Oranburg, A Place of Their Own: Crowds in the New Market for Equity Crowdfunding, presentation at the Association of American Law Schools, 111th Annual Meeting (January 5, 2017).

#FutureLaw Workshop

Duquesne University School of Law and The Federalist Society are pleased to present the Junior Scholars #Futurelaw Workshop, where scholars are to present and respond to papers and original research in a rigorous but collegial atmosphere. Each year for the past three years, Asst. Prof. of Law Oranburg was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Federalist Society to host a the conference. This year's Junior Scholars #FutureLaw Workshop 4.0  will be co-chaired by Asst. Prof. of Law Oranburg and Assoc. Prof. of Law Agnieszka McPeak on November 22, 2019 in the 4th Floor Faculty Lounge of Duquesne University's School of Law from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

What is #FutureLaw?

The study of #FutureLaw includes open-data policy, machine learning, computational law, legal informatics, smart contracts, crypto-currency, block-chain technology, big data, algorithmic research, LegalTech, FinTech, MedTech, eCommerce, eGovernment, electronic discovery, computers & the law, teaching innovations, and related subjects. #FutureLaw is an inter-disciplinary field with cross-opportunities in crowd science, behavioral economics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, learning theory, and related fields.

Who Can Attend the #FutureLaw Workshop?

Aspiring scholars who are seeking a tenure-track position and junior scholars who have been in a tenure-track position for less than seven years can apply to attend in one of three capacities:

  • Participants, who will present an academic article. Suggested article tracks are listed below. Participants should attend the entire Workshop and comment on other Participants' papers. Limited travel assistance may be provided to Participants on an as-needed basis if their home institutions cannot cover travel expenses. Preference is given to junior scholars whose articles are not yet published.

  • Mentors, who will give substantive comments on the Participants' talks and on their written work. Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the entire Workshop.

    Observers, who are aspiring scholars who are not yet ready to present a paper. Observers are invited to attend any or all of the event and to comment on Participants' papers.

  • Students, of who may present an essay or short article.

Suggested Tracks for Participant Articles

  • Instrument innovation (#FutureLaw) introduces new securities or financing technologies, new corporate forms or ways to use business entities, responses to regulatory changes, proposals for new regulatory frameworks, new litigation procedures, and related topics in change in law or use of law.

  • Technology innovation (#LegalTech) includes non-lawyer ownership of law firms, smart contracts, legal informatics, electronic discovery & automation, and related topics on the practice of law or law firms.

  • Education innovation (#EdTech) includes new outcome assessments, changing doctrinal topics, flipped-classroom experience, laptops etc., experiential learning, digital feedback, practical exercises, and related topics in legal education.

Apply

Apply today for a chance to become a participant in the event and/or attend as a mentor, observer, or student.

Call for Papers are due October 14th
Participants will be notified of selection no later than October 21st
Complete drafts will be due November 8th

Questions?

Please email Professor Seth Oranburg at oranburgs@duq.edu.