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Small Business Legal Clinic

Pro Bono Project

Overview

Clients meet one-on-one with business attorneys who specialize in various areas of corporate law through the SBLC’s Pro Bono Project. The SBLC matches attorneys with clients needing services within the attorney’s area of expertise.

The SBLC’s Pro Bono Project is an Oregon State Bar certified pro bono program. Since opening its doors in September 2006 until the August 2014, around 300 attorneys have volunteered through our Pro Bono Project.

Pro Bono Project is two Fridays each month and an occasional Wednesday evening project as well. Business attorneys from around the community volunteer to meet with clients who are pre-screened for financial eligibility.  Conflict checks are run by the attorney prior to meeting with the client.

The clinic matches clients with attorneys who have expertise or experience in the area of a client’s needs. Typically, attorneys agree to meet with two clients. At the end of the initial meeting, attorneys choose to sign either a full representation agreement or a consultation only agreement. Attorneys are sometimes able to resolve the matter during the 45-minute session.

For attorneys who are not able to come to the SBLC to meet with clients at a Pro Bono Project, the SBLC will provide referral of pro bono cases in the area of that attorney’s expertise. This includes attorneys that live outside of the Portland metro area. 

Upcoming Pro Bono Project Dates

  • September 19th
  • September 24th (Wednesday evening from 5pm-7pm)
  • October 10th
  • October 24th
  • October 29th (Wednesday evening from 5pm-7pm)
 

Other Ways to Volunteer

Mentoring

If you do not have time to take a matter of your own, you can be available to assist the clinical law professors and their interns with some of the more complicated legal issues.

Guest Lecturer

We are always looking for knowledgeable, enthusiastic attorneys to guest-speak at our Friday seminars for the Intern Program. We typically seek attorneys specializing in intellectual property law, employment law, commercial real estate law, and securities law.

Community Outreach

The SBLC also strives to provide information to the wider community. Please let us know if your organization would like an educational seminar on legal basics or if you as an attorney would like to speak at one of our future outreach seminars.

Sign Up

Clients may call the general number, 503-768-6940.

Attorneys, please contact Julieanna Elegant, Assistant Director at: 

503-768-6947

jelegant@lclark.edu

 

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