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 first joined the Duquesne Law faculty in August 2016 after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law. Oranburg teaches and writes in the areas of Contracts, Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship, Securities Regulation, and Venture Capital Law.
His scholarship in these areas has been published in several journals, including the University of Colorado Law Review, the Rutgers University Law Review, Drexel Law Review, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, and Minnesota Law Review Headnotes.
As of May 2020, his additional works are forthcoming in the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, the San Diego Law Review, and the Willamette Law Review. His work has been reprinted and published in the annual Securities Law Review and translated into Chinese and published in the Shanghai Securities Law Review. In addition, Professor Oranburg has published co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Business Venturing Insights. His work has also been featured in books, blogs, and the popular press.
Oranburg earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida with a double major in political science and English. He 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.
After graduation, he practiced antitrust law at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in Washington, DC, and he counseled clients on new-venture finance and mergers & acquisitions at Fenwick & West LLP in Silicon Valley. Oranburg is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia.
The Law School awarded Oranburg with the Dr. John and Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship for his contributions to Law & Entrepreneurship in 2018, and the University awarded Oranburg with the Presidential Scholarship Award in 2019.
Professor Oranburg currently serves as the chair of the curriculum committee and the advisor for the business law concentration.
Fall 2018 Contracts
Fall 2018 Corporations
Venture Capital Law (61)
State Bar of California
Bar of the District of Columbia
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
Online Onboarding: Corporate Governance Training in the COVID-19 Era
Seth C. Oranburg, Online Onboarding: Corporate Governance Training in the COVID-19 Era (July 12, 2020). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3648687
Corporations Hybrid: A COVID Case Study on Innovation in Business Law Pedagogy
Seth C. Oranburg, Corporations Hybrid: A COVID Case Study on Innovation in Business Law Pedagogy (May 5, 2020). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3593027
Distance Education in the Time of Coronavirus: Quick and Easy Strategies for Professors
Seth C. Oranburg, Distance Education in the Time of Coronavirus: Quick and Easy Strategies for Professors (March 16, 2020). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3553911
Securities Regulation and Social Media
Seth C. Oranburg, Securities Regulation and Social Media (March 4, 2020). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3548312
Preliminary Evidence Suggests That Female Entrepreneurs Raise Less Than Their Male Counterparts via US Equity Crowdfunding. Why?
Seth C. Oranburg and Mark Geiger, Preliminary Evidence Suggests That Female Entrepreneurs
Raise Less Than Their Male Counterparts via US Equity Crowdfunding. Why? Oxford Business Law Blog (Nov. 28, 2018). https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/business-law-blog/blog/2018/11/preliminary-evidence-suggests-female-entrepreneurs-raise-less-their
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
The Impact of Regulation on Startups Nationwide. Startup Innovation: The Role of Regulation in Entrepreneurship
Seth C. Oranburg, The Impact of Regulation on Startups Nationwide. Startup Innovation: The Role of Regulation in Entrepreneurship, NYU School of Law, New York, N.Y. (April 4, 2019).
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).
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 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
Please email Professor Seth Oranburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.