SBLC Newsletter - Spring 2024

Camille Sakamoto, '24

Student Intern Profile - Camille Sakamoto

Camille Sakamoto served as a student intern this Fall 2023. Realizing that law school provided the perfect arena to merge personal and professional interests, Camille hit the ground running and has not looked back. 

Brownskin Moses at the Recording Academy's Pacific Northwest Chapter

Client Profile - Brownskin Moses

Rapper, beatmaker, philanthropist... these are just a few titles that this multi-talented artist boasts. 

Rural Oregon

Spotlight on the Small Business Legal Clinic: Empowering Entrepreneurs in Rural Oregon

The Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School offers vital business legal support for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Oregon, including in rural areas where low-cost/no-cost legal services are not available.


Help Support Local Businesses & Students!

Folks, our amazing work is not directly funded by Lewis & Clark Law School. We need your support in order to continue our mission. Help us reach our $50,000 fundraising goal for this fiscal year!

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Julia Minn

Juliana Minn ’16 Directs Small Business Legal Clinic

The Small Business Legal Clinic has a new director: Alumna Juliana Minn.
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Sinister Coffee & Creamery, LLC - Client Profile

Sinister Coffee & Creamery, LLC is an online business with a spooky theme selling coffee beans and ice cream. Kelly and Michelle Kaliher began their business in 2018, making “paranormal-themed coffees [that] are small batch roasted to ensure your experience delivers spooky good flavors with every brew.” While Sinister Coffee & Creamery is mostly conducted online, you can find them at the PSU Saturday Farmers’ Market. They were able to secure a booth at the farmers’ market after only a year of operations, which is a remarkable feat since many businesses are only accepted at the market after 5 years of operation.


The SBLC has moved to a new space!

Now located along the MAX Corridor and directly across the Fifth Avenue Food Cart Pod, this move marks an exciting new chapter for our SBLC and LITC communities. The move was truly a team effort. From finding the place to designing its interior, each committee weighed in to create the space we have today. When you come visit, you may notice that our office now has a kitchen where everyone could gather and connect with one another. And for our law students, we now have an open-floor workspace, synergistic to our interactive environment. We look forward to sharing this space with everyone for many years to come.

Please stop by and visit. Our address is 333 SW 5th Ave., Suite 400, Portland OR 97204

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Professional Auto Body & Paint Inc. - Client Profile

Founded in 1997 by Hoa and Linda Lam, the family-owned Professional Auto Body & Paint Inc. has been in operation for over 20 years. When Hoa and Linda retired in 2018, they passed down their business to their son, Anthony Lam, and his partner, Nancy Le. Starting a new chapter for an inherited business is no small feat, especially when faced with the challenges and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the art pieces offered at Oregon Coast Glassworks.

Business as (un)Usual

SBLC Rural Entrepreneurs Program provides service and solutions.

Business Oregon

Business Oregon sponsors the SBLC through a grant with Centro Cultrual to support businesses throughout Oregon who were suffering as a result of the pandemic.

Brian Parham


Genius Digital LLC - Client Profile

Genius Digital LLC, is Juan Acevedo’s new photography business. However, he is not new to the industry. He has been taking pictures professionally in Oregon for almost ten years. The pandemic required him to think of new ways to work as a photographer. 

Multi-Tasking Services LLC - Client Profile

Multi-Tasking Services LLC, owned and operated by Darwin Bello, offers cleaning and janitorial services to commercial establishments in the Portland metro area. It is a relatively new business that has been running since September 01, 2019. “We are here to serve” is Darwin’s business slogan and mission. Darwin’s vision for this business is to create consciousness about cleaning spaces and sanitation and bring those services to our communities, especially now during the pandemic.
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Small Business Legal Clinic Expands Its Patent Program with Education and Patent Filings

The Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has been working to educate entrepreneurs on patents to protect their unique products as well as filing patent applications for clients.
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SBLC Receives Funding For COVID Relief

The pandemic and its terrible impact on small businesses skyrocketed requests to the SBLC. In the spring, the SBLC was able to marshal existing resources, including the Ford Family Foundation and Prosper Portland, to support a unique track that served 25 COVID-19 affected businesses. We also presented numerous times on COVID-related legal issues. Once those funds were used, Washington County Business Recovery Center and Centro de Prosperidad, through a grant by Business Oregon, stepped up and provided additional support. This CARES Act funding will continue until the end of this year.

Small businesses across Oregon have struggled to adapt to the changes brought on by the pandemic. Business owners are looking for advice navigating new rules and regulations, along with a host of other legal questions arising out of now-unpayable leases, undeliverable contracts, and in some instances, business closures.

The demand for these services pre-existed funding, and the SBLC is thankful to be in a better position to help clients in Washington County and throughout Oregon. When the this COVID-specific funding runs out at the end of 2020, the SBLC will continue to look for new and creative ways to serve businesses suffering from COVID-related issues across Oregon.