DELVACCA Cosponsors Free Legal Clinic For Local Entrepreneurs

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 00:00

Delaware Valley Association of Corporate Counsel joined with Philadelphia VIP and DELVACCA sponsor Duane Morris to host a free small business counseling clinic for clients of the Women's Business Development Center in Center City.The center's mission is to empower micro-entrepreneurs (primarily but not exclusively women) to start new businesses and grow existing ones.Volunteer attorneys - who were paired up with the center's clients based on self-selected areas of expertise - gave advice to about two dozen people on choice of entity, employment, contracts, real estate, intellectual property, tax and other legal matters.Duane Morris lawyers were also on hand throughout the event to offer extra assistance where needed.

About forty lawyers participated in the clinic, including both in-house counsel and members of the private bar. Former DELVACCA president Tod Borow said, "This is a great way to do pro bono work in my area of expertise, which is business counseling. I feel very comfortable advising small business owners and entrepreneurs in the legal clinic 'checkup' setting and can often spot a lot of issues in an hour of counseling that can really help these business owners.I encourage other DELVACCA members to get involved in these Corporate Pro Bono events!"

Watch for a save-the-date notice about the next corporate pro bono day coming up in October.

Those interested in serving on the DELVACCA Pro Bono and Community Activity Committee may contact Kevin.Stepanuk@exeloncorp.com or Amy Donohue-Babiak at Amy.Donohue-Babiak@jmusa.com.