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Affordable Legal Assistance for Rural Small Businesses
September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Learn about low cost legal services for small rural businesses
Meet Julieanna Elegant, Executive Director, and Ashley Hernandez, Administrative Assistant for the Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC). Tune in and learn about the SBLC and get an overview of their services including their Rural Legal Entrepreneur Program launched in 2019 and supported by a generous grant from the USDA and the Ford Family Foundation.
Julieanna and Ashley will talk about how the Rural Legal Entrepreneur Program provides low cost legal services for small rural businesses. Topics covered include:
- Introduction to the SBLC
- An overview of the RURAL program
- Who is eligible for and how to apply
- What areas of law the SBLC can assist in
- Reasons to have an attorney help
Julieanna’s presentation will be followed with a Q and A session. You are encouraged to have your questions at the ready and submit them in advance if possible.
About Julieanna and Ashley
Julieanna joined the Small Business Legal Clinic in 2013. Before joining the SBLC, she worked for non-governmental organizations in Latin America, the Middle East and Central Asia as a project manager and teacher. She attended law school at the University of Washington School of Law and is a member of the Oregon State Bar. While in law school, Julieanna was involved in labor and employment law and subsequently worked with the U.S. Department of Labor as an investigator. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ashley joined the SBLC with the start of the Rural Legal Entrepreneur Program. Ashley was born in Miami, Florida and has been living in Oregon for over 8 years. She is currently a student at Portland State University majoring in health services administration with a minor in general science and business. Her family is originally from Venezuela, which allowed her to learn Spanish as her mother language.
About the SBLC
Since opening its doors in 2006, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has provided business transactional legal advice to more than 2000 new and emerging businesses working on more than 3000 separate legal matters. Over 80 percent of the clients are businesses owned by women, recent immigrants and people of color.
In addition to providing practical experience for Lewis & Clark law students, the SBLC provides its much-needed services to small businesses who otherwise would not have access to an attorney. By providing these crucial services, the SBLC helps new businesses get started off on the right foot, and helps existing businesses take their business to the next level.