Wake Forest School of Law to open Community Law and Business Clinic

The Wake Forest University School of Law will celebrate the grand opening of the Community Law & Business Clinic at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at its location in the historic “Old Wachovia” building in downtown Winston-Salem.

The CL&BC is an extension of Wake Forest’s resource and talents, placing Wake Forest students and faculty in downtown Winston-Salem while delivering services to community-based efforts. The CL&BC will provide pro bono legal and business consultancy services to small business owners and nonprofit organizations. Wake Forest clinic students will offer services in Winston-Salem and surrounding communities, with an emphasis on serving businesses and nonprofit organizations in low-wealth communities. The CL&BC will provide a range of services, such as drafting and reviewing documents and agreements and advising entrepreneurs on business planning and development. While the new program is part of the School of Law, students in both the School of Law and WFU’s Babcock Graduate School of Management will receive academic credit for working in the clinic.

“We hope that through the CL&BC Wake Forest University can enhance community development efforts in Winston-Salem as well as throughout the region,” said Steven Virgil, Law School professor and director of the CL&BC.

Scheduled speakers at the opening ceremony include Wake Forest Provost Jill Tiefenthaler, Law School Dean Blake Morant and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines. In addition to the clinic’s inauguration, alumnus and Law Board of Visitors member Murray Greason (JD ’62) will provide closing remarks.

The CL&BC’s address is 8 W. Third St., Suite 100A, and the phone number is (336) 631-1953.