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.

Pets with Passports

Pets with Passports provides pet relocation services with options such as long distance drives, moves across state lines, and even international relocation.

ECDC students assisted Pets with Passports with its vendor contracts, customer contracts, and intellectual property.

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 newly freed slaves settled after Emancipation.

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.

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