Brett C. Stohs

Schmid Professor for Excellence in Teaching, Director of Clinical Programs, Cline Williams Director of the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic, Clinical Associate Professor of Law





Brett Stohs


Professor Stohs joined the faculty in March 2012 to establish and direct a new in-house legal clinic that provides legal assistance to entrepreneurs and startup businesses. Since the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic opened in 2013, Professor Stohs has been pursuing research interests in the application of mind mapping software to clinical legal education. His particular interests relate to using mind mapping techniques to optimize client assignments to student participants in a live-client clinic. 

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Stohs worked in private practice for over six years, focusing primarily on mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate and transactional matters for domestic and foreign clients in a variety of industries. From 2005 to 2011, Stohs practiced with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Washington, DC, and in 2011 he joined Rembolt Ludtke LLP in Lincoln.  While at Sutherland, Stohs served as a work assignment coordinator for the firm's summer associate program, and as the pro bono coordinator for the firm's partnership with the Advocacy & Justice Clinic operated by the D.C. Bar.

Professor Stohs received his J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor for the Duke Law & Technology Review.  Stohs also received a Master of Public Policy from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and a B.A. in mathematics and political science, with honors, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools.


  • Clinical Practice-Entrepreneurship Law 658/G (6 cr hr) (Prereq: Law 632/G and Law 637/G)
    Students, under close faculty supervision, advise and represent startup business clients in a variety of early-stage legal matters, including entity formation, contract drafting and review, intellectual property protection, real estate, financing, regulatory, compliance and other transactional matters. Participation in a concurrent seminar concentrating on the development of skills necessary to effectively advise entrepreneurial clients is required. Limited enrollment pursuant to a written application process that occurs in the prior semester. Senior standing is required.
  • Mind Mapping As Creative Spark to Optimize Transactional Clinic Assignments 2017 Transactional Clinical Conference (Built for Impact: Transactional Clinics as Change Agents) (2017)
  • Mind Mapping A Tool for Clinical Professors in Training the 21st Century 25th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing (2015)
  • Mind Mapping A Tool for Clinical Professors in Training the 21st Century AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education (2015)


  • J.D. and M.P.P., 2005, Duke University
  • B.A., Mathematics and Political Science, 2001, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Areas of Expertise


  • Director of Clinical Programs, 2024
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, 2018
  • Cline Williams Director of the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic, 2014
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, 2012