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What We Do

The CEC offers nonprofits and community organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small businesses a broad range of legal services.  We provide advice and representation in many areas, including:

entity formation, Structuring and Governance

  • Advice regarding the formation and structure of various entities, including the formation of nonprofit, forprofit and cooperative organizations
  • 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
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Customer and vendor agreements
  • Supplier contracts


  • General tax advice
  • Nonprofit income tax issues, including unrelated business income
  • Nonprofit real estate tax exemption

Intellectual Property

  • Trademark and service mark protection (including logos)
  • Copyright protection
  • Intellectual property or technology license agreements
  • Structuring contests and sweepstakes
  • Domain names, social media and other Internet issues
  • Privacy policies and website terms of use

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

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
Community and Economic Development Law Clinic