Assistant Professor of Clinical Education; Business Innovations Clinic Director
BA, 2000, University of California, Berkeley; JD, 2004, CUNY School of Law
Room 105D | Phone: 501-916-5468 | Email
Assistant: Caden Copeland | Room 105 | Phone: 501-916-5492 | Email
Kim Vu-Dinh is thrilled to return to the people, food, and culture of the American South. She is the Director and Professor of the Business Innovations Clinic, a program she designed from its inception to foster economic development through small business and non-profit capacity-building. She also teaches Property II through an innovative, team-based learning method, has guest-lectured in courses on business law, entertainment law, and public service. She is adjunct faculty at the Clinton School of Public Service where she teaches social enterprises in the Master’s Degree, and at Tulane University’s Sustainable Real Estate Development Program where she teaches real estate finance in the summers. Professor Vu-Dinh was a Eugene Ludwig/Robert M. Cover Fellow in Law in the Community and Economic Development Clinic at Yale Law School.
Before teaching full-time, Professor Vu-Dinh worked extensively in post-Katrina New Orleans with nonprofits and small, local businesses developing affordable housing and community-based commercial projects, first as non-profit staff, and later as consultant through her firm Community Capacity Consulting. She also hold the venerable titles of Founder, Owner, and Janitor of Milo Records New Orleans, which promotes roots music of the American South. Professor Vu-Dinh worked in the public sector for six years in Alaska first as a judicial law clerk and eventually as a public defender. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD from CUNY School of Law. Her current research focuses on inclusive economics as a civil right, and innovations of financial and legal infrastructure that can address the needs of the under-represented and underbanked. She has published in the peer-reviewed Business and Finance Law Review of George Washington Law School, and Duke Law School’s Alaska Law Review.
Professor Vu-Dinh’s international experience includes an appointment as a Fulbright Specialist to the University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj, Kosovo, where she provided consulting services to create an academic social enterprise that incubates local business while simultaneously giving students hands-on learning opportunities, and generating income for the newly-created academic institution.
One of her proudest achievements is the work the Business Innovations Clinic has done in creating Innov-Eat Café, with the collaboration of inter-campus students and staff. Through this program, the Clinic links food businesses to consulting services at UA Little Rock’s Arkansas Small Business and Tech Development Center; the Clinic then provides necessary transactional legal assistance and invites qualified businesses to sell their products at Innov-Eat Café, housed on-campus in a previously under-utilized bookstore. Innov-Eat Café is now a place where food businesses can grow, and healthy, delicious, and affordable food options are available to anyone on campus.