Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

NELP Staff

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

To get help, call: 212.382.6633 or email: nelp@nycbar.org

Overview

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) of the City Bar Justice Center provides low- to moderate-income micro-entrepreneurs with the legal services necessary to start their businesses on sound legal footing.

NELP’s volunteer attorneys guide clients through such matters as incorporation and tax issues, contracts and agreements, commercial lease negotiations, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Volunteer attorneys also offer presentations and legal clinics at community-based organizations on issues of concern to micro-entrepreneurs.

To date, NELP has partnered with more than 100 law firms, 25 corporate legal departments, and 30 community-based organizations to assist more than 14,000 clients through the provision of brief services, direct representation, legal clinics, and community presentations.

Akira Arroyo directs NELP, Faith Alexander is the staff attorney, and Maria Andia is the project coordinator.


NELP Events

Small Business Legal Clinics – NELP’s legal clinics provide microentrepreneurs with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with an attorney regarding their small business legal issues. Frequently discussed topics include: business structure, incorporation, contracts and agreements, commercial leasing, and intellectual property protection. In order to attend, you must register in advance.

Presentations – NELP’s volunteer attorneys give presentations on small business legal issues at local community development organizations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

To see upcoming NELP events , view this page.

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Upcoming events
  • NELP Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, July 19th (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Upper Manhattan at the NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 361 West 125th St, New York, NY 10027. By subway, this location is accessible via the A/B/C/D to the 125th St station. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at (212) 382-6633.

  • NELP Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, July 11th (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held at the Brooklyn Public Library in conjunction with the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway this location is accessible via the 2/3 to the Grand Army Plaza station. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at (212) 382-6633.