Geetha Sant has been appointed co-director of the Intellectual Property & Nonprofit Organizations (IP/NO) Law Clinic and lecturer in law at the Washington University School of Law, as of July 1.
Sant is a former adjunct professor for the Master’s Program in Nonprofit Management at Washington University's University College, where she has taught Legal Issues Impacting Nonprofits.
She succeeds Peter H. Ruger, a longtime co-director of the IP/NO Law Clinic, who retired on June 30. Formerly general counsel for Washington University, Ruger also taught Nonprofit Organizations Planning & Drafting and Tax Exempt Organizations.
“We are looking forward to working with Geetha whose wealth of experience in corporate administration, governance, and management will greatly benefit our IP/NO Law Clinic,” said Robert Kuehn, associate dean for Clinical Education and professor of law.
Author of “Non-Tax Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions,” a chapter of the Missouri Bar Business Organizations Deskbook, Sant has lectured extensively on nonprofit governance. Her topics include compensation standards, audit overview, board of director governance training, effective use of volunteers, board member relations and responsibilities, employee volunteer programs and strategic planning for nonprofits.
Sant is an active nonprofit volunteer having served in various capacities on the board of Planned Parenthood and as a trustee, chair, and member of numerous committees and task forces for Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School. She has also served on the boards of several educational, arts and human service nonprofits.
Previously, Sant worked for more than 20 years as an associate and partner at The Stolar Partnership in St. Louis, where she co-chaired the firm's corporate department.
Her practice focused on services and counsel to for-profit and nonprofit clients, including hospitals, educational institutions, cultural institutions, and various private and corporate foundations. She also represented clients on corporate compliance and governance matters; corporate transactions; mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations; and executive compensation.
When she retired from the Stolar Partnership to focus on her own non-profit commitment to Planned Parenthood, she told the St. Louis Business Journal, “I asked myself, ‘What’s my legacy? What’s my second act?’”
Sant, who moved from India when she was 9, added diversity awareness to the Planned Parenthood staff training program, Paula Gianino, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, told the Business Journal.
For St. Louis’ growing Bosnian population, Planned Parenthood hired a counselor who could speak the language and taught the staff cultural mores, such as Muslim Bosnians’ considering birth control taboo.
Sant said, “It’s crucial to reflect the population we serve.”
Sant received her JD from Washington University School of Law in 1989.