The purpose of this guide is to provide resources to those law students who are participating in the Community Justice and Advocacy Clinic. However, the guide could also aid law students, graduates, and practitioners who are thinking about starting a small business.
This is not an exhaustive list of resources, but will provide a good starting place.
Community Justice and Advocacy Clinic
The Charlotte School of Law's Community Justice and Advocacy Clinic teaches students to utilize transactional legal skills to promote community revitalization. Typical CJAC projects involve the development of affordable housing, the startup or expansion of local businesses, and the creation of community development financial institutions. Students will learn that lawyers play an important role in community economic development projects.
Serving as outside general counsel, clinical student attorneys provide ongoing legal advice to CJAC clients in regard (but not limited to) corporate law, nonprofit law, tax issues, environmental/land use and other areas of regulatory compliance.
The Community Justice and Advocacy Clinic teaches transactional practice skills to students through representation of nonprofit corporations, community-based organizations and enterprises, micro-lending institutions, small businesses and artists. The CJAC Clinic gives priority to clients who have a mission of alleviating poverty and serving the underserved. Client work may include drafting corporate formation documents, assisting nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt applications and maintenance of tax-exempt status; drafting and negotiating contracts, acting as general counsel to nonprofit corporations and small businesses; working with state and local government agencies, counseling related to intellectual property issues; and assisting with community oriented real estate transactions and other transactions related to economic development and redevelopment projects.
We gratefully acknowledge Mark Popielarski at the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law for his permission to model his Community Economic Development Clinic LibGuide.