The College of Manitoba’s Enterprise Law Clinic goals to assist entrepreneurs and innovators who rely upon money
“Now was the perfect time for it,” says Slonosky. “We have found that the pandemic has caused a lot of small businesses, arts organizations and startups to be injured and likely in need of help. Many of them are unlikely to be able to afford legal services. We said okay guys if you’re in this category we’d love to talk to you. “It was also a valuable learning experience for the students.
Third year law student Alexandra Philippot said she was “very excited to learn that this clinic would be offered. It is an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge I acquired in law school and to help and assist clients and help them improve their lives. “
The clinic, named after its benefactor, alumnus L. Kerry Vickar, has offered numerous law students at the University of Manitoba the opportunity to gain practical experience in business law since 2014.
According to Slonosky, students will learn skills such as customer, risk, and transaction management, business selection and creation, design techniques, legal research, regulatory compliance, good governance, stakeholder activism, and social responsibility. The clinic’s goal is to introduce students to the practical aspects of corporate and commercial law, which are carried out with professional responsibility and a sense of public obligation, says Slonosky.
Lisa Fainstein, who served as the law school’s assistant dean of law school for eight years until she retired, says she has returned for special projects. Having experience in curriculum planning, Fainstein was asked to help design the revised course for business law clinics. While the school has operated criminal and family law clinics for many years, those interested in business law tended to join law firms where students could gain shade and hands-on experience.