Community Innovation and Equity Project |

Like the Community Economic Development Clinic, The Community Innovation and Equity Project ("CIEP") is a clinical legal education program that provides free transactional (non-litigation) legal services to small businesses, low-wealth entrepreneurs, community-based enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and artists. CIEP is designed to simultaneously teach student attorneys the fundamentals of transactional practice while providing high-quality and invaluable legal representation to its clients. Additionally, CIEP students engage in project management and strategy, exploring how transactional attorneys can be a part of systemic economic development initiatives.

Through the representation of the Clinic's clients and work with CIEP community partners, student attorneys are exposed to the intersection of business law concepts, strategic thinking, and community economic development practice. Student attorneys learn that transactional lawyering is preventive lawyering, which involves avoiding conflict, litigation, and other negative outcomes. Client work includes drafting corporate formation documents; assisting nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt applications and maintenance of tax-exempt status; drafting and negotiating contracts; and acting as general counsel to both small businesses and non-profit organizations. Community partner work includes project planning and management on projects aimed at creating sustainable change in the areas of equity and representation in technology, rural economic development, and business rights in immigration enforcement actions. Students are required to attend a weekly 120 minute seminar. The seminar focuses on both substantive corporate law and social issues related to transactional practice.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: N/A
ULW: This class may meet the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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