Professor Alina Ball is the founding director of the Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic at UC Law SF. This in-house corporate law clinic is a unique blend of transactional lawyering with an eye towards critically examining issues of economic and social justice. Her scholarship focuses on business law, lawyering and the legal profession, legal education, and critical race theory. She is also the faculty co-director of the Center for Racial and Economic Justice at UC Law SF. She was recognized as a 2015-16 AALS Bellow Scholar for her corporate representation and collaborations to increase access to safe drinking water in rural communities. In 2018, Ball received the AALS Shanara Gilbert Award acknowledging her commitment to teaching and advancing racial and social justice through clinical legal education.
Before her career in academia, Professor Ball was a corporate associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, in San Francisco and Washington, DC, where her practice focused on representing private and public companies in debt, venture capital, private equity, and M&A transactions. She received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. from UCLA School of Law, with a specialization in Critical Race Studies, and B.A. degree from Wellesley College, majoring in Mathematics and Spanish, with a concentration in Latin American Studies.
She is actively engaged in community work and is honored to serve on the board of directors for several racial justice and equity nonprofits, including Public Advocates.
University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., Law 2008
B.A., Mathematics and Spanish
Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M., Clinical Advocacy
Community Development Law and Economic Justice—Why Law Matters: The Potential Impact of Corporate Law Clinics
26 J. Affordable Housing & Commun. Dev. L. 51 2017
From Business Tax Theory to Practice
with Manoj Viswanathan, 24 Clinical L. Rev. 27 2017
Social Enterprise Governance
U Pa. J. Bus. Law 2016
Disruptive Pedagogy: Incorporating Critical Theory in Business Law Clinics
22 CLINICAL L. REV. 1 2015