Learn how the clinic assists low-income entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest with their business needs while providing real-world experience for the clinic’s students.
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
About the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The ELC teams law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors. Together they provide critical early stage legal and business counseling to technology entrepreneurs, small business owners, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits and University of Washington and Institute for Translational Health Sciences faculty researchers. By providing such counseling, the ELC has become one of the cornerstones of the innovation ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. The ELC also partners with CoMotion, The Seattle Public Library and various community organizations to give presentations on various topics of interest to startups that are open to the public.
The ELC is a transactional and counseling clinic. Our services center on providing startups with a comprehensive "legal and business audit" that will help them identify issues before they become serious problems. We provide startups with a confidential report, generally at the end of the academic quarter. This report will also provide guidance on how to proceed to remedy potential problems and/or establish systems to limit or prevent standard business formation and growth pitfalls. Our standard representation includes a commitment only to this audit process.
Upon mutual written agreement between the startup and ELC, we may extend our representation to assist in basic entrepreneurship-focused legal service, such as:
- Forming a corporation, limited liability company (LLC) or other legal business entity as appropriate
- Filing simple intellectual property (IP) documents such as provisional patent applications, copyright registrations and trademark registration applications
- Reviewing, negotiating and/or drafting contracts such as commercial leases and loans, vendor agreements, services agreements or employment agreements
- Assisting in compliance with state and local business licenses and taxes
- Drafting and execution of trademark and copyright registrations, provisional patent applications and licensing or assignment agreements
- IP counseling regarding branding, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, freedom to operate, unfair competition, antitrust, publicity rights and privacy rights. The ELC is part of the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program in both patents and trademarks.
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic News
Join us Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 for innovative legal lectures on issues affecting entrepreneurs.
In her new leadership role, Fan will work to increase visibility of the scholarship produced by UW Law faculty and showcase the intellectual vibrancy at UW Law.
Andrew Serafini and Patrick Njeim, partners at Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, will work with students as part of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic’s participation in the United States Patent and Trademark Office Law School Clinic Certification Program.
Alumna Selena Ng recalls how the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provided invaluable, real-world experience in meeting the needs of small-business clients.
- Entrepreneurial Law Clinic partner Co-Motion funds WE-REACH Go-To-Market Awards
- Entrepreneurial Law Clinic highlighted in the Microsoft 2020 Pro Bono Report (p. 21)
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic in the Media
From 'freaking pissed' to 'big things': How a women-owned gym survived the pandemic (Prof. Jennifer Fan quoted)
Jul 12, 2021 | Source: NW News Network
Diankha Linear says she arrived at Convoy 4 years ago to be ‘a leader, not a lawyer' (Prof. Jennifer Fan quoted)
May 21, 2021 | Source: Puget Sound Business Journal
Professor-led initiative to support minority-owned businesses (Prof. Jennifer Fan quoted)
May 05, 2021 | Source: The Daily
33 PPP loans, one company: How a WA drive-thru coffee chain got millions in COVID-19 funds (Prof. Jennifer Fan quoted)
May 04, 2021 | Source: KIRO-7
Clinic participants, clients share ELC and Network experiences (Prof. Jennifer Fan mentioned)
Apr 16, 2021 | Source: UW School of Law
Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews
- Jennifer S. Fan, Startup Biases, 56 UC Davis L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2023).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Woke Capital Revisited, 46 Seattle U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2023).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Nontraditional Investors, 47 BYU L. Rev. 463–534 (2022).
- Jennifer S. Fan, The Landscape of Startup Corporate Governance in the Founder-Friendly Era, 18 N.Y.U. J. L. & Bus. 317-389 (2022).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Woke Capital: The Role of Corporations in Social Movements, 9 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. 441-494 (2019).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Employees as Regulators: The New Private Ordering in High Technology Companies, 2019 Utah L. Rev. 973-1026.
- Jennifer S. Fan, Innovating Inclusion: The Impact of Women on Private Company Boards, 46 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 345-413 (2019).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Catching Disruption: Regulating Corporate Venture Capital, 2018 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 341-425.
- Jennifer Fan, Regulating Unicorns: Disclosure and the New Private Economy, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 583-642 (2016).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Coming of Age: Innovation Districts and the Role of Law Schools, 22 Clinical L. Rev. 91-112 (2015).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Institutionalizing the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program for Transactional Law Clinics, 19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 327-59 (2015).
- Jennifer S. Fan, From Office Ladies to Women Warriors?: The Effect of the EEOL on Japanese Women, 10 UCLA Women's L.J. 103–140 (1999).
- Jennifer S. Fan, The Dilemma of Intellectual Property Piracy in China, 4 UCLA J. Int'l L. & For. Aff. 207–236 (1999).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Understanding Startup Corporate Governance, The FinReg Blog (Global Financial Markets Center, Duke University School of Law) (July 11, 2022).
- Jennifer S. Fan, How to Increase Gender Diversity on Private Company Boards, The CLS Blue Sky Blog (June 12, 2019).
- Jennifer S. Fan, Regulating Unicorns: Disclosure and the New Private Economy, The CLS Blue Sky Blog (Dec. 14, 2015).