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Moritz to Add Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic in 2012

February 9, 2011 | Events

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will launch a new clinical program to serve start-up and emerging businesses that need transactional legal assistance. The clinic will begin operation in January 2012. The College’s seventh clinic, the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic, will benefit students by providing them the opportunity to represent entrepreneurs and their businesses while simultaneously supporting and furthering sustained economic growth in the state of Ohio.

Students enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic will assist young companies – not ready or able to hire attorneys – on a pro bono basis and provide legal counsel on matters such as business structure and formation, taxation, employment contracts, and intellectual property issues.

“Lawyers play an essential role in the creation and advancement of any business,” Moritz Dean Alan Michaels said. “The theory driving this clinic is to provide students with first-hand, real-world experiences involving business transactions. As an added benefit, our students will assist the cultivation of new businesses that need legal assistance, but are not yet able afford it. I am particularly excited that this clinic allows Moritz to make a significant contribution to Ohio’s efforts to strengthen business development.”

Work is currently underway for the implementation of the clinic, which is being funded almost entirely through donations made by the following Moritz alumni and friends: Ed Cooperman ’67, James J. Johnson ’72, Alec Wightman ’75, John T. Mills ’73, Clay P. Graham ’80, Michael Segal ’83, David Jamieson ’69, Robert L. Grossman ’78, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and John J. Chester, Sr.

Third-year Moritz students will enroll in the class beginning in January 2012. The Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic will join the College’s other comprehensive clinical programs: Civil Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Justice for Children Clinic, Legislation Clinic, Mediation Clinic, and Prosecution Clinic.

The addition of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic is the next step in the continued strengthening of Moritz’s business law offerings. In recent years, the College has welcomed several new faculty members whose research is focused specifically on topics in business law; added the Schottenstein Zox & Dunn’s Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program in Business Law, which welcomes leading practitioners from around the world to Moritz to teach one-credit courses; created the vibrant Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal; and recently launched the Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program, which places new Moritz graduates within the general counsel offices of leading national corporations.