BLSA Faculty Advisors


Dean Alicia Davis is a native of Apopka, FL, a small town whose primary claim to fame is being the indoor foliage capital of the world.  After graduating with a degree in business administration from Florida A&M University, Dean Davis moved to New York to work as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.  After leaving Wall Street, Dean Davis completed a JD/MBA at Yale Law School and Harvard Business School.  Following her studies, she returned to Florida and investment banking at Raymond James & Associates where she served as a vice president and executed middle market mergers and acquisitions transactions.  Dean Davis later practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. and represented corporations and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. 

Since joining the Michigan Law faculty in fall 2004, Dean Davis has taught Enterprise Organization, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investor Protection, and the Law and Economics Workshop and has pursued research in the areas of corporate governance and securities regulation.  Dean Davis also serves as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and manages the Law School’s new interdisciplinary Problem Solving Initiative.  When she’s not helping students solve problems, you might find Dean Davis singing karaoke, playing board games with her family, and (though she knows better) reading Internet comments.  Though decidedly indoorsy, Dean Davis is considering taking up glamping.

Dean Davis can be contacted at


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Professor Sherman Clark grew up in Baltimore, MD. He spent four years in the Army before returning home to Baltimore to finish college at Towson University. After graduating from the Harvard Law School, Clark practiced with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington DC. In 1995, he joined the faculty here at Michigan, where he teaches Torts, Evidence, Legal Ethics, and Sports Law. Over the years, Clark has published several dozen papers on a wide range of topics; but his current research and recent writing focus on whether and how we can nurture the traits and capacities that will help us both succeed as lawyers and thrive as human beings. Outside of work, Clark swims and runs (ploddingly), reads Ancient Greek (haltingly), and is learning to play the violin (scratchily). Clark and his wife Patricia have three grown daughters, about whom he brags (incessantly).

Professor Clark can be contacted at