New lawyers and law students who have an interest in working with start-ups should get involved in the entrepreneurship community early. They can not only become important members of the entrepreneurship ecosystem but can also begin to develop critical skills and networks through incubators, accelerator programs, and clinics.
Legal incubators have been around over a decade. Fred Rooney, at that time, had a vision of creating a program that would support new lawyers interested in launching their own sustainable
Laura Dym Cohen is the Director, Street Law Clinic and Public Service Programs and Clinical Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. She has created and implemented a wide range of collaborative programs and initiatives in public interest, including the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium.
The world’s first incubator was launched in Batavia, N.Y. following the shutdown of the region’s largest employer, Massey-Ferguson, in 1956, leaving vacant an 850,000 square foot building and 20 percent of the community unemployed. After failing to find a sole tenant, the subsequent property owner, Joseph Mancuso, came up with an
By Amy Phan Taylor. Not long ago, setting up a solo law practice involved a large degree of baptism by fire. New solo attorneys had to brave a career fraught with uncertainty as necessary skills required for that li ne of work—such as setting up the required paperwork, collecting fees, advertising,
By Ed Finkel. Pedro Rivera remembers meeting a representative of a New York City tenant’s association for a building that had been written up for about 50 code violations. A 2004 City University of New York School of Law (CUNY) graduate, Rivera wasn’t sure he could handle the case on behalf