Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Opens

The doors to the UW School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic officially opened September 19.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the debut of the law school's newest clinic," said Clinic Director and law professor Sean O'Connor.

The mission of the law school's ELC is to promote economic development in Washington state by providing free legal services for low-income microentrepreneurs and early stage high-tech companies  that face significant economic barriers to success. The ELC will team UW law and business students with local attorneys and business professionals to provide free legal and business advice to clients.  The clinic will analyze an entrepreneur's proposed business model to identify legal issues and business strengths and weaknesses.

"This may be the one chance that an early stage entrepreneur has of getting broad legal and business planning advice to avoid the classic pitfalls of new ventures," said O'Connor.

ELC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (l to r) Professor Deborah Maranville (Clinical Law Director), Professor Toshiko Takenaka (CASRIP Associate Director), Professor Sean O'Connor (ELC Director), ELC Program Director Katie Meyer ('06), Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Washington Research Foundation CEO Ronald Howell, and Dean Joe Knight.