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Legal Clinic – Client Information

Information about our Legal Clinics

Communities Rise offers monthly legal clinics for Washington state based, low-income small business owners and nonprofit organizations who would not otherwise have access to legal services. Qualifying clients are paired with an attorney for a free 1-hour limited engagement legal consultation to discuss business-transactional matters (e.g. start-up questions, intellectual property, nonprofit governance, choice of legal entity, etc.). The intention is to provide a space for nonprofits and small businesses to ask questions that can be answered within a 60-minute consultation in an efficient manner, without creating an on-going attorney-client relationship. 

Our legal clinic program offers a transactional and counseling clinic, which means that we do not represent clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation or any other active dispute. Instead, our services center on providing your business or organization with information that will help you identify issues before they become serious problems. 

Please keep in mind the clinic provides a 60 minute consultation and therefore drafting, creating, or reviewing lengthy documents is not possible.

Our partnerships are important to us and we are thankful to Ventures for their collaboration in serving small businesses at our legal clinics!

See below for more information on clinic schedules.

For additional information about topics we are able to assist with and client qualifications to sign up, please see our Legal Clinic Client FAQ page

Clinic Schedules & Locations

All legal clinics are hosted virtually via Zoom video call. Legal clinics are held monthly, excluding the months of July and December. Legal clinics are held from 5:00pm-7:15 pm PT, with available appointment slots of 5pm-6pm OR 6:15-7:15pm.

How to request a legal clinic appointment

To request a legal clinic appointment, please email legalclinic@communities-rise.org.

See all upcoming dates for our Legal Clinics on our Upcoming Events page

Have additional questions? Want more information on specific clinic policies? Check out our Legal Clinic Client FAQ Page!