Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project
Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project
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 Cheryl Lopez is the project coordinator.
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.
Tuesday, November 28, 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.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (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.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the law offices of AIG, located at 175 Water St, New York, NY 10038. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 to Wall St or the J/Z/A/C/4/5 to Fulton St. If you are interested in attending this legal clinic, please click here to fill out our Google form.
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October 12, 2017
The following Entity Formation Fact Sheets are resources developed by NELP which provide a basic overview of the steps an entrepreneur should take to create each type of legal structure.
September 29, 2017
Over the summer, the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) partnered with Barclays and Rise New York to host a free three-part Financial Empowerment series. The series included two educational presentations and a one-on-one session with financial professionals from Barclays.
September 19, 2017
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