Faculty - Geetha Sant

Geetha Rao Sant

Director, Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic and Senior Lecturer in Law


A.B. 1986, Duke University
J.D. 1989, Washington University

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-8815
Email: grsant@wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 125


Tina Parker - (314) 935-7238


Courses Taught

Entrepreneurship Law
Nonprofit Planning and Drafting
Nonprofit Management
Employment Law



With over 25 years of experience in corporate law practice focusing on both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Sant’s expertise includes corporate governance and compliance, employment management, executive compensation programs, and a wide variety of corporate transactional matters including intellectual property licensure.

Previously, Sant was in private practice where she provided legal services to varied sizes of clients from entrepreneurial startups to well established Fortune 50 companies and national nonprofit organizations.

She is an active volunteer and has served as chair and various other capacities on the boards of numerous educational, arts, and human services nonprofits.

Representative Publications

Recent Scholarship

  • "The New Hybrid Social Enterprise Models and Their Effect on Nonprofits" Startup Training Lab Handbook (forthcoming)
  • "Introduction: New Directions in Community Lawyering, Social Entrepreneurship & Dispute Resolution" (with Karen Tokarz), 48 Washington University Journal of Law & Public Policy 1 (2015) [Article]


  • “Non-Tax Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions,” Missouri Bar Business Organizations Deskbook


  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Career Services Mentor
  • PPSLR Women's Leadership Council Co-Chair

Representative Presentations

  • Compensation Standards for Charities
  • So You're a Start-Up? Start by Selecting the Right Entity For You
  • Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset; Trademark Licensing
  • Corporate Compliance Audit Overview
  • Nonprofit Governance Reforms
  • Board of Directors Governance Training
  • Nonprofit Corporate Compliance Program
  • Corporate Governance Best Practices
  • Effective Use of Outsiders and Volunteers
  • Division of Roles Within the Corporate Entity
  • Board Member  Roles and Responsibilities
  • Volunteerism Today
  • Employee Volunteer Program
  • Managing Your Management; Protecting Your Assets From the Inside Out
  • Plan Today for Tomorrow;Strategic Planning 101
  • Trustee,Officer, Employee,Volunteer; What Hat Are You Wearing?
  • Entrepreneurship and the Law
  • What is Social Enterprise?