A.B., Harvard University
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Professor Fermin Miguel Mendez co-directs the Community Economic Development Clinic. His current research focuses on how to democratize and create access to capital. Prior to joining Albany Law School, he co-taught the Entrepreneurship Clinic at University of Michigan Law School as a clinical fellow. Professor Mendez’s background also includes time as an attorney at Varnum LLP and Clark Hill PLC, where he counseled clients on a variety of matters including general corporate law, formation and entity selection, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Mendez regularly provided companies and entrepreneurs advice on employee onboarding, intellectual property strategy, intellectual property licensing and commercialization, the sale of securities, and various other business considerations. While at Varnum LLP, he functioned as both service provider and brand ambassador for the firm's startup/economic development initiative.
During his time in Michigan, Professor Mendez mentored multiple business cohorts at local southeast Michigan accelerators and programs. Additionally, he served as a board member and head coach for Beat the Streets Detroit Inc., an organization aiming to improve long-term outcomes for at-risk Detroit youth via the sport of wrestling. There, he led midwest regional initiatives and created the Detroit Girls Wrestling Clinic, an annual event with the dual purpose of increasing female participation in wrestling and exposing his student-athletes to next-level competitors and role models.
Professor Mendez earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015. He served as an articles editor of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and a student-attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic for three semesters. Professor Mendez also earned his AB from Harvard University in 2011 (the comparative study of religion with a focus on interreligious dialogue, Roman Catholicism, and Buddhism), and he wrestled for Harvard’s D1 Varsity Wrestling Team.