VOLS Microenterprise Project Event Attracts Fifteen Partners

April 11, 2014

David Sherman of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (center) describes his experience within the Microenterprise Project On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) Microenterprise Project hosted an intimate networking event for project participants at the Brooklyn Creative League (BCL) in Brooklyn, NY. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP joined BCL as an event sponsor.

Over twenty event participants represented fifteen different organizations, with several volunteer lawyers, local economic development organizations, and small business owners in attendance.

Robert Secrist and Erica Kalick, co-owners of Erica’s Rugalech & Baking Co

After a short period of networking over food and drinks, participants broke into small discussion groups where they shared their experiences within the project. A larger conversation then allowed the group as a whole to identify trends and to collectively brainstorm ways to increase the quantity and quality of pro bono legal services for low-income microenterprise owners in New York City.

Full list of law firms, organizations, and small businesses in attendance:

About the VOLS Microenterprise Project

Winner of the 2010 Partnership Award, the Microenterprise Project leverages law firms' and legal departments' deep expertise in business law to promote economic development in New York City. Through the project, pro bono lawyers help low-income micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome legal obstacles so that their businesses can thrive.

In 2013, 266 attorneys and paralegals volunteered 3,386 hours  – a value of nearly $1.5 million in donated legal fees -- to assist 351 small business owners and entrepreneurs.

If your law firm or legal department would like to participate in the Microenterprise Project, please sign up here.