For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

September 15, 2006

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic to Celebrate Opening

Seattle – The University of Washington School of Law will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the newly opened Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Tuesday, September 19 from 5-7 p.m. at 2815 Eastlake Ave E, Suite 300, Seattle.

“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 schedule of events includes the ribbon-cutting, opening remarks by Ron Howell, CEO of the Washington Research Foundation, Professor O’Connor, law school Dean W.H. Knight, and reception.

The mission of the law school's ELC is to promote economic development in Washington state by providing free legal services for small businesses and high tech start-up 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 low-income microentrepreneurs and early stage high-tech companies on business matters. The core service provided to all clients is a legal and business analysis that considers all aspects of 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. Currently, student teams and a base of attorney and business supervisors have been lined up for the fall quarter.

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