Joseph Karl Grant joined the FAMU College of Law faculty in 2013. Professor Grant teaches Property I and II, Business Organizations, Wills & Estates, and Trust Administration at the FAMU College of Law. Professor Grant has also taught seminars on Corporate Social Justice and Reconstruction and the Law.  Professor Grant received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law (1998), and A.B. from Brown University (1995). He spent his junior year of college at the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College. After law school, Professor Grant returned to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where he practiced in the Corporate and Securities, and the Labor and Employment law practice groups at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, and in the Corporate and Securities practice group at Thompson, Hine & Flory, LLP. After leaving large law firm practice, and prior to his entry in the legal academy, Professor Grant founded and managed The Grant Law Firm, LLC in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Grant has served on the faculties at several law schools, including West Virginia University College of Law (2004-2005), Appalachian School of Law (2005-2008), Capital University School of Law (2008-2013), and the University of Oregon School of Law (Fall 2011).

Professor Grant’s scholarship has appeared in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Virginia Law & Business Review, Albany Law Review, Oregon Law Review, Indiana Law Review, The Elder Law Journal (University of Illinois), McGeorge Law Review (University of the Pacific), Journal of Legislation (Notre Dame), the University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review, and the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race. Professor Grant has written on a number of topics, including financial services regulation and de-regulation under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, gray market or parallel importation, benefit corporations and sustainable business practices, corporate governance, race and the law, electronic wills, the digitization of living wills, and professional responsibility and ethics issues facing estate planning attorneys associated with counseling clients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  Professor Grant’s scholarship has been cited in several major casebooks, statutory annotations, treatises, books, bar journals, numerous law review and journal articles, and blogs. Professor Grant is a founding and on-going contributor to the Corporate Justice Blog.

Professor Grant is a frequent featured speaker and panelist at conferences, symposia, and bar-sponsored CLE events on these and other topics. Additionally, he has provided expert opinions and commentary to the media on a host of issues in his areas of teaching, practice, and expertise.

Professor Grant has completed a certification program and extensive training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Finally, since 2008, Professor Grant has served the community as a pro-bono mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), Northern Ohio District Office, mediating numerous race, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), age, gender, religion, and national origin claims.

Office Hours:

By appointment.


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Office: (407) 254 3234

Courses taught by Professor Grant:

  • Business Organizations
  • Property II
  • Trust Administration
  • Wills & Estates


Law Review and Journal Publications

  • When Making Money and Making a Sustainable and Societal Difference Collide: Will Benefit Corporations Succeed or Fail?, 46 Indiana L. Rev. 581 (2013).
  • Planning for the Death of a Systemically Important Financial Institution Under Title I § 165(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act: The Practical Implications of Resolution Plans or Living Wills in Planning a Bank’s Funeral, 6:3 Virginia L. & Bus. Rev. 467 (Winter 2012).
  • A Conversation with President Obama: A Dialogue about Poverty, Race, and Class in Black America, 1 U. Miami Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 25 (2012).
  • What Can We Learn From the 2010 BP Oil Spill?: Five Important Corporate Law and Life Lessons, 42 McGeorge L. Rev. 809 (2011).
  • The Advance Directive Registry or Lockbox: A Model Proposal and Call to Legislative Action, 37 J. of Legis. (Notre Dame) 81 (2011).
  • The Graying of the American Manufacturing Economy: Gray Markets, Parallel Importation, and a Tort Law Approach, 88:4 Or. L. Rev. 1139 (2010).
  • What The Financial Services Industry Puts Together Let No Person Put Asunder: How The Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 – The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act – Contributed to the 2008-2009 American Capital Markets Crisis, 73 Albany L. Rev. 371 (2010)(lead article).
  • The Valley Swim Club Of Huntingdon Valley Discrimination Controversy: The Racial, Economic, and Legal Implications for African-Americans and Latinos, Widener Journal of Law Economics & Race (2010), available at
  • The Meeting: A Transformational Train Ride Through Race in America and Apartheid in South Africa, Widener Journal of Law Economics & Race (2010), available at


Law Review and Journal Publications

  • Shattering and Moving Beyond the Gutenberg Paradigm: The Dawn of the Electronic Will, 42 University of Mich. J. L. Reform 105 (Fall 2008).

Other Publications and Blogs

  • Joseph K. Grant on Life Insurance Trusts (Lexis-Nexis Expert Commentaries 2008).
  • Joseph K. Grant on Family Limited Partnerships (Lexis-Nexis Expert Commentaries 2008).
  • Joseph K. Grant and Jennifer O’Connell on Business Continuity and Succession Planning: The Special Appeal of Limited Liability Companies(Lexis-Nexis Expert Commentaries 2008).
  • Joseph K. Grant and Jason Shorter on Knight v. Commissioner: The United States Supreme Court Issues a Critical Ruling on the Taxation of Trusts(Lexis-Nexis Expert Commentaries 2008).
  • In the Shadow of Brown: On African-American Perspectives and Diversity in the Legal Profession, Africalogical Perspectives (September/October 2005).
  • Corporate Justice Blog (, Founding editorial member and on-going contributor.


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