Community Law and Business Clinic to resume ‘Ask A Lawyer Day’

The Wake Forest University School of Law’s Community Law and Business Clinic will resume “Ask A Lawyer Day” from noon to 3:30 p.m. on select Thursdays this fall.

Triad-area entrepreneurs who need legal advice for a small business or nonprofit but lack access to other professional services can receive assistance free of charge. The clinic is located downtown in the historic Wachovia building at 8 W. Third St., Suite 100A.

Participants will have the opportunity to speak to a third-year Wake Forest School of Law student and receive business consulting on Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12.

“We had great success with the program last year and were able to serve more than a dozen small businesses in Winston Salem,” said Steve Virgil, clinic director and WFU law professor. “Many of our clients have fairly straight forward legal questions and we welcome the chance to help.”

Business owners can schedule a time to meet with a law student by calling (336) 631-1953, or can walk in the office between noon and 3:30 p.m. on “Ask A Lawyer Day.”

The CL&BC has served more than 100 clients since opening in January 2009, including both small businesses and nonprofits. Law students, under Professor Virgil’s supervision, have helped business owners incorporate, address employment concerns, negotiate contracts and navigate regulations.

“Helping entrepreneurs start or grow a business reflects Wake Forest University’s commitment to public engagement and the desire to be a solid partner in the community,” Virgil said.

The CL&BC provides pro bono legal and business consultancy services to small business owners and nonprofit organizations. Wake Forest clinic students provide services such as drafting incorporation documents, employment agreements and purchase agreements with vendors to non-profit organizations and to entrepreneurs.