Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

To get help from the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, call 212.382.6633 or email

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 and Cheryl Lopez is the project coordinator.

Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

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 Presentation - Wednesday, September 12th (6:00 - 8:00PM)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM): A volunteer attorney will give a presentation on the topic of Commercial Leasing 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/2/3 to Fulton St; or the 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. Registration is required as seating is limited. To RSVPplease click this link.

NELP – Legal Clinic - Thursday, September 13th (5:30 - 7:30PM)

Thursday, September 13, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza. To register for an appointment, please click here to complete our Google form.

NELP – Legal Clinic - Wednesday, September 26th (5:00-8:30PM)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (5:00 PM – 8:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in collaboration with WE NYC at Cardozo School of Law, located at 55 Fifth Avenue (Moot Room), New York, NY 10003. By subway, this location is accessible via the 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W to 14 Street-Union Sq or the F/M to 14 Street. To RSVP, please click this link.

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To learn more about Mansi: The New Citrus Experience and other NELP clients click here.

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