Columbia University School of Law
Non-Profit Organizations / Small Business Clinic

830 Jerome Green Hall
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
212-854-3867
212-854-3554 FAX
Barbara A. Schatz, Director
bschatz@law.columbia.edu


Students in the Nonprofit Organizations/Small Business clinic provide legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and small businesses that cannot pay market rates for legal services. Some of the clinic's clients are young, nonprofit organizations that need help in choosing appropriate entities for the conduct of their programs, developing governance structures, securing tax exemptions, and complying with regulatory requirements. Others are more mature groups that need help addressing the legal issues arising from changes such as expansion, creation of a national program, or initiation of income-generating activities. Recent nonprofit clients have included Housing Plus Solutions, an organization that helps women leaving prison or long-term treatment programs, and UHAB Housing Development Fund Corporation, an organization that rehabilitates tax-foreclosed buildings and sells them as low-income cooperatives to tenants. Other clients have included individuals operating small businesses such as family day care, catering companies, and printing shops. Clinic clients are primarily located in disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City, such as Harlem, Washington Heights, and the South Bronx. They seek the clinic's assistance to form appropriate business structures, enter into contracts, and comply with regulatory requirements. Students also offer seminars and workshops for entrepreneurs on corporate and tax issues.