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 all upcoming NELP events , view this page.

Upcoming events
NELP Legal Clinic - Wednesday, September 27th (5:30 - 7:30PM)

Wednesday, September 27th (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 9 Bond Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. By subway, this location is accessible via the B/Q/R to DeKalb Av; 2/3 to Hoyt St; A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts; or the 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.

NELP – Presentation - Tuesday, October 03rd (6:00 - 7:30PM)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM): A  volunteer attorney will give a presentation on the topic of Business Structure at the Pace University Small Business Development Center, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C/E to Fulton St. Registration is required as seating is limited. To RSVP, call Pace SBDC at (212) 618-6655.

NELP – Legal Clinic - Thursday, October 05th (5:30 - 7:30PM)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Pace University Small Business Development Center, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C/E to Fulton St. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.

NELP Client Spotlight
  • MicroHealth, Inc.

    Entrepreneur Marc Lara’s business, MicroHealth, spans both the technology and healthcare industries as a platform that connects patients with their healthcare providers, allowing providers to monitor treatment progress using digital tools such as smart phone applications.
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To learn more about MicroHealth, Inc. and other NELP clients click here.

Latest news
  • September 19, 2017
    In the Wake of the Equifax Breach, Steps to Protect Yourself From Identify Theft

    Equifax, one of the largest credit monitoring and reporting agencies in the US, is one of the latest companies to fall victim to an online cyber security breach, putting nearly half of the US populations’ personal information at risk. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft.
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  • March 29, 2017
    Free Small Business Legal Clinic Held in Honor of Women’s History Month

    NELP organized a free small business legal clinic in honor of Women’s History Month in order for women entrepreneurs to receive brief, personalized legal advice. Held on March 22, 2017, the clinic was conducted in partnership with Blank Rome LLP.
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  • December 12, 2016
    CBJC Expands Community & Economic Development Efforts

    The City Bar Justice Center is ramping up its community and economic development efforts in 2017. Thanks to a new two-year Bank Settlement grant from the New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA), CBJC has expanded its Foreclosure Project and Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) this Winter.
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