Pro Bono Opportunity – Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic and Nonprofit Law Clinic, Due 10/20

Assist pro bono transactional lawyers at either microenterprise clinics or nonprofit legal clinics by taking client interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. 

Position: Wayfind Law Student Volunteer
Open to: All Law Students
Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering for a minimum of three 3-hour clinics during the academic year
Locations: Clinics locations include: Ventures (formerly Washington CASH) at 2100 24th Ave South in Seattle (off of Rainier Avenue), Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at 220 2nd Ave S in Pioneer Square, Edmonds Community College, and the Nonprofit Assistance Center, 1265 S. Main Street in Seattle (near Jackson and 14th)

Training:  Law student volunteers must have attended the 2014 or will attend the 2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training (including professionalism) on Saturday, October 17, 8:30am-3:30pm in room 138 at UW Law.   If you apply to volunteer at the Microenterprise Clinics, you must attend the Microenterprise 101 training on October 1st – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, or watch the Microenterprise 101 CLE training video. If you apply to volunteer at the Nonprofit Legal Clinic, you must watch the video of the Wayfind Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law CLE training video. You can volunteer for both the Microenterprise and Nonprofit Legal clinics.
Application Process:  Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director, to the contact below.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
Contact:  Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director of Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu
Wayfind provides free business legal services for nonprofit organizations and low-income microentrepreneurs.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys assist non-profit organizations with a range of legal matters including real estate, tax, non-profit governance, and intellectual property.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys also help low-income microentrepreneurs at legal clinics on legal matters including review of contracts, operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property matters including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Wayfind hosts different types of legal clinics for its two client populations: non-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs.

Microenterprise Clinics:
Wayfind partners with three different non-profit organizations and the City of Seattle, Office of Economic Development, that support low-income microentrepreneurs.  They are Ventures (formerly Washington CASH), Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (formerly Start Zone NW at Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and Mercy Corps NW.  All Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic clients are clients of our partner organizations, who handle the initial client screening. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microentrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their business venture.

These clinics meet at the following locations and dates/times:

  • Ventures Clinic is located at 2100 24th Ave South in Seattle (off of Rainier Avenue near the 1-90 overpass) and takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  The first fall clinic for students is October 13th.
  • Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship offers its clinics in rotating locations which include the Impact HUB at 220 2nd Ave South in Pioneer Square and Edmonds Community College. The clinics are offered on the 4th Tuesday of a quarter from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  The specific dates are: January 26, 2016 at the Impact HUB and on April 26, 2016 at Edmonds Community College.
  • City of Seattle and Mercy Corps NW clients go to any of the locations listed above.

Non-Profit Assistance Legal Clinic:
Wayfind partners with the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) which assists nonprofit organizations through capacity-building programs.  Nonprofit organizations are screened by NAC staff and volunteers.  The clinic meets on the 3rd Monday of every month from March through December between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.  The clinics take place at the Nonprofit Assistance Center which is located at 1265 S. Main Street which is located within blocks from the law school.

Volunteer Law Student Role:
Wayfind Law Student volunteers serve as legal clinic assistants.  They assist the lawyers at the clinics by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.  This plan is reviewed by the attorney and given to the client.

This volunteer opportunity is a great way to learn about legal issues facing nonprofit organizations and microentrepreneurs, work with a diverse population, learn about transactional practice, and network with pro bono attorneys.

Students can apply to volunteer at either or both of the different types of legal clinics – microenterprise and/or nonprofit.  Students must make a commitment to going to three different clinics throughout the academic year.  If a student is going to volunteer at both types of clinics, he/he must complete at least the ATJI Pro Bono Prep, Microenterprise 101 CLE on October 1st and watch the Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law CLE and Fast & Easy 501c3 Tax-Exemption: The New Form 1023EZ CLE videos.