Providing business transactional legal services to low-income small and emerging businesses, cooperatives and nonprofit corporations.
History of the Clinic
The SBLC opened its doors after receiving a $100,000 grant from the City of Portland and reduced-cost office space in the Portland Development Commission’s building downtown. Since that time, the SBLC has received support from several large law firms, banks and other companies, private foundations, and individuals.
In the summer of 2009, the SBLC received continued support—through both the general appropriation and the Economic Opportunity Program of the Portland Development Commission. The funding was a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, funneled to the Portland Development Commission through the Community Development Block Grant of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The clinic joined with the Lewis and Clark Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and moved to a larger space in January of 2015. The two clinics serve more than 300 clients a year.
Since opening its doors in 2006, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has provided business transactional legal advice to more than 1800 new and emerging businesses working on more than 2500 separate legal matters. Seventy-five percent of our clients are businesses owned by women, recent immigrants and people from communities of color.
In addition to providing practical experience for Lewis & Clark law students, the SBLC provides its much-needed services to small businesses who otherwise would not have access to an attorney. By providing these crucial services, the SBLC helps new businesses get started off on the right foot, and helps existing businesses take their business to the next level.