For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

June 12, 2006

Law School Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Receives Grant, In-Kind Donation

The UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) has been awarded a $87,000, three-year grant from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation and donation of office space from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF).

"The Herbert B. Jones Foundation grant allows us to build on the recent in-kind donation of office space from WRF to turn our vision of serving community entrepreneurs into a reality for the coming 06-07 academic year," said clinic director and law school 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 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. Some clients have already been identified for the fall, but early-stage entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact Program Director Katie Meyer at 206-783-1086.

Further information on the ELC can be found at: http://www.law.washington.edu/Clinics/Entrepreneurial/.

The Herbert B. Jones Foundation, named for a successful Washington entrepreneur and small businessman, provides grants to new business programs managed by post secondary educational entities in Washington state.

The WRF helps Washington state research institutions capture value from their emerging technologies, through intellectual property management and start-up investment activities.