What We Do

The Clinic offers community organizations and nonprofits a range of legal services, including advice and representation in these areas:

Structure and Governance

  • Incorporation of nonprofit organizations
  • Advice regarding formation and structure
  • Drafting of by-laws, operating agreements, and other governance documents
  • Assisting in the creation of joint ventures, affiliation agreements and mergers

Drafting, Negotiating, and Reviewing Contracts and other Agreements

  • Commercial leases
  • MOUs
  • Fiscal sponsor agreements
  • Client agreements, customer agreements, vendor agreements, supplier contracts


  • Nonprofit income tax issues, including applications for tax-exempt and other nonprofit status
  • Advice regarding unrelated business income tax issues for nonprofit organizations
  • Nonprofit real estate tax exemption

Government Regulations

  • Licenses and permits
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Solicitation licenses


  • Employee contracts
  • Advice regarding independent contractors
  • Labor compliance issues
  • Employee manuals


  • Risk assessment advice
  • Liability waivers

Real Estate and Land Use 

  • Real estate purchase, sale, and finance loan agreements
  • Zoning and other land-use issues
  • Urban agriculture and sustainable food systems research 

Intellectual Property

  • Trademark and service mark protection (including logos)
  • Copyright protection

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