Seth C. Oranburg, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall 233

Phone Number: 412.396.6307

E-Mail Address: oranburgs@duq.edu

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.  

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FALL 2018
Contracts (02)
        Fall 2018 Contracts I Sample Exam

Corporations (61)
        Fall 2018 Corporations I Sample Exam

SPRING 2019
Contracts (02)
Corporations (61)

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

Hyperfunding, 89 Colorado Law Review ___ (February 2018)

Research Projects

Startup Innovation: The Role of Regulation in Entrepreneurship, Co-Investigator (2017)

Articles

A Place of Their Own: Crowds in the New Market for Equity Crowdfunding100 Minnesota Law Review Headnotes 147 (2016).

Democratizing Startups, 68 Rutgers University Law Review (2016).

Startup Financing, in Startup Creation for the Smart Eco-Efficient Built Environment, ed. F. Pacheco Torgal, Elsevier Press (2016).

Bridgefunding: Crowdfunding and the Market for Entrepreneurial Finance, 25 Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy 297 (2015).

A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism, 20 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 695 (2015).

Blog Posts

Oranburg on Crowdfunding, IIT Chicago-Kent Faculty Blog, October 6, 2015.

Crowdfunding Rebooted: It's Not Just for Startups Anymore, GoodCrowd, September 24, 2015.

The Law and Economics of the Series A Gap, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, April 6, 2015.

Crowdfunding under Title III Doesn't Work, but We Can Fix It, Law & Economics Professor Blog, February 22, 2015.

Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, January 14, 2015.

State Bar of California

Bar of the District of Columbia

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Nebraska College of Law’s Federalist Society invited Professor Seth Oranburg to present his l Read More »

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Duquesne University School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law will host a join Read More »

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Professor Seth Oranburg’s Contracts class wrapped up its first semester in a unique way – reviewi Read More »

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Duquesne University School of Law and the national Federalist Society will present Junior Sch Read More »

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Professor Seth Oranburg discusses hyperfunding in his latest article for the Oxford Business Read More »

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Book Chapters

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

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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 Finance25 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 GapColumbia 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, LawLaw & 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 ActivismColumbia 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 Activism20 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 695 (2015).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2544363

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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).

Blockchain Regulation

Seth C. Oranburg, Blockchain Regulation, presentation at Blockchain & Governance, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (March 21, 2018).

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).

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).

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