Seth C. OranburgAssistant Professor of Law
School of Law
Room 233, Hanley Hall
Education:J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., University of Florida
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.
Fall 2018 Contracts
Fall 2018 Corporations
Venture Capital Law (61)
State Bar of California
Bar of the District of Columbia
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. Check back for more information about this year's Junior Scholars #FutureLaw Workshop 4.0 which will be co-chaired by Asst. Prof. of Law Oranburg and Assoc. Prof. of Law Agnieszka McPeak.
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?
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 will present an academic article regarding at least one of the ITE categories described 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 article is not yet published.
Mentors will give substantive comments on the Participants' talks and on their written work. Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the entire Workshop.
Observers 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, up to one of whom may present an essay or short article.
Qualifying Tracks for Participant Articles
Applications to participate shall designate proposed articles as fitting into one of these three qualifying "ITE" categories:
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, new clinics, and related topics in legal education.
Please email Professor Seth Oranburg.
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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).