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Rochael Adranly

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2023

Rochael Adranly
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Rochael Soper Adranly is former Partner + Executive Director, Ventures and former Chief Legal Officer at the global design firm IDEO. A JD/LLM graduate of Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina, Rochael represented creative and innovative individuals and organizations for over 20 years. She has been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, an adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, and guest lecturer teaching “Designing Creative Legal Solutions” at Duke Law School.

Rochael has been featured in Modern Counsel magazine for her role as a creative counselor, walking the fine line between the rules based world of law and the non-rules based world of innovation, as well as in GC Magazine as a lawyer who “thinks like a designer.” In 2017, Rochael was chosen by the Financial Times as one of 20 top general counsel worldwide. Rochael has written publicly about her personal journey via design to becoming a “Human Centered Lawyer” and has been part of the IDEO U Creative Confidence Series where she shares her wisdom for How to Bring out the Natural Creativity in Others.

Rochael’s passion for designing inclusive work environments led her to keynote the University of Michigan, School of Information’s Gender in Information Career Series in February 2018 as well as to closely participate in the design of the Purple Campaign’s #MeToo Now What workshop at Harvard Law School. Rochael also personally delivers the Safe & Inclusive IDEO training to all senior leaders across IDEO.

In 2015 Rochael worked closely with her IDEO colleagues to create IDEO’s Legal Design + Innovation (LD+I) practice. Through LD+I, and building on IDEO’s work in the fields of healthcare, government, professional services and education, IDEO brought its human-centered design offering to clients in the broader legal industry. IDEO’s work with global law firm Hogan Lovells has been featured in Fast Company, a first for a traditional law firm.


  • B.A. Psychology Texas Christian University, 1993
  • B.S. Political Science Texas Christian University, 1993
  • J.D. Duke University School of Law, 1997
  • LL.M. Duke University School of Law, 1998