In the Community Development Clinic, students provide transactional and corporate counsel legal services to community development corporations, other community and arts-based nonprofits and entrepreneurs. The CDC is a six credit hour, year long clinic and is taught by Professors Ken Margolis and Matt Rossman.
|“The Clinic provides third-year law students with invaluable experience, offering an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for the transition from the law classroom to the courtroom or boardroom.”
The caseload of a typical CDC student, over the course of a year, could include:
- assisting a “startup” organization or business with formation issues; for example, choice of entity, preparing governing documents, establishing a board of directors and applying for tax-exempt status;
- assisting an existing organization or business with legal issues related to its operations; for example, drafting or reviewing a contract, identifying and protecting intellectual property and counseling the client on compliance issues or the ramifications of embarking on a new venture; and
- presenting an overview of legal issues that affect small businesses to a group of entrepreneurs or researching and preparing a presentation on larger issues or policies affecting the local nonprofit community.
Community Development Clinic Faculty: