Business Law Clinic Offers BizVet, a Pilot Program for Returning Veterans
AUGUST 23, 2012—The University of Minnesota Law School's Business Law Clinic, a program component of its Corporate Institute, is beginning a pilot program for veterans in September 2012. Called BizVet, the program is geared to returning veterans who are starting businesses or resuming work at existing businesses.
Students and supervising attorneys at the Clinic will provide returning veterans with pro bono legal services in setting up or managing their businesses. Typical services may include guidance in selecting a new business venture and legal assistance in creating start-up documents, employment agreements, service contracts, and more.
The Small Business Administration's Business Development Center (SBDC) will refer eligible veterans to the Clinic, which will work with up to ten clients in the 2012-13 academic year. Administrators will then evaluate the BizVet program to determine guidelines for subsequent years.
The Business Law Clinic was founded in 2001 under the directorship of Professor Mary Alton, who also serves as program director and clinical faculty at the Corporate Institute. She has overseen legal representation of more than 200 clients by Clinic students, who are matched with supervising attorneys from firms, solo practices, and companies across the Twin Cities. Earlier this year the U.S. Small Business Administration named Alton the Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion of the Year for her advocacy on behalf of minority-owned small businesses.