Clinic Director Heather Way, clinic client, and clinic student.

Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic

The ECDC provides transactional business law representation to entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and community groups.  Our clients are strengthening their communities through job creation, the production and preservation of affordable housing, asset building strategies for low-income individuals, and the provision of innovative and valuable goods and services for their communities.

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Cases and Projects

Multicultural Refugee Coalition

Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) is an Austin nonprofit working to create opportunities for refugees through both training and employment via three social enterprises: Open Arms (which is IKEA’s first US-based social enterprise partner), Shared Voices, and New Leaf.

ECDC students assisted MRC with preparing customer contracts, revising corporate documents, assisting with tax law compliancy, and intellectual property.

November November Films

November November Films is a start-up film production company run by local filmmaker Ashlee Harris.

The ECDC assisted Ashlee in forming a limited liability company, preparing contracts, music licensing, and other legal needs related to filming the company’s first web series.

It has been such an incredible experience working with the Clinic. They’ve helped me launch my LLC and prepared legal documentation to protect me and my business. Not only do they help through each step of the process, but they also explain in great detail so that you can make the best decisions for you. It’s been such a big impact for me personally and professionally.

—Ashlee Harris, founder of November November Films

Community and Family Historical Preservation Association

Community Family Historical Preservation Association is an organization based in Jasper County focused on preserving the area’s cultural heritage as a “freedom colony”“-a place where persons who had been emancipated from slavery settled.

Clinic students assisted CFHPA in changing its status from an LLC to a nonprofit, drafting its founding organizational documents, and applying for federal tax exemption status. Students also provided community legal education on issues related to protecting the ownership of their land.

“For the past two years, It has been such a rewarding experience working with the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. They’ve assisted us with entity and tax exemption counseling; entity formation and proper tax exemption filing; community workshops/presentations on estate planning, etc. They have prepared legal documentation to protect our organization and business. Not only do they help through each step of the process, but they also explain in great detail so that you can make the best decisions for you and your organization. It’s been such a big improvement for the structure of the Community and Family Historical Preservation Association, Inc (CFHPA)”

—Fred McCray, Treasurer of CFHPA

 

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