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September 15, 2005

Small Business Clinic: Free legal services for the small and serious business

Free Legal Services for the Small and Serious Business.

In its first two years, the Small Business Clinic at the UO School of Law has helped more than fifty Lane County business owners — from tool designers to hot sauce makers, and furniture store owners to chiropractors. Now, we are looking for a few more.

Small Business Clinic staff and students Each semester, third-year law students, directly supervised by a practicing business attorney, advise business owners and entrepreneurs on legal issues including the best type of entity to form, contracts, leases and other business legal issues. The legal advice is free – clients pay only for government filing fees and similar out-of-pocket costs.

Last spring, entrepreneur Mike Cartwright of West Linn, Oregon came to the Small Business Clinic for advice on his “rainwater harvesting” business, Rain Catcher. He sells barrels, cisterns, rain chains and other tools to help clients capture rainwater on their property “This is such a great experience for an upstart company such as mine,” Cartwright said. “I saved thousands of dollars in legal help and legwork, at no cost other than helping a student help me!”

Clients are being waitlisted for the spring session which begins January 10, 2006. For more information, call (541) 346-0037 or email sbc@law.uoregon.edu.

The Small Business Clinic is located on the second floor of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street on the UO campus in Eugene. It is open from 8:30 A.M. — 2:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday.
 – Eliza Schmidkunz

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