Incubator program will help recent alumni start low-bono practices

(Oct. 7, 2013) Recent graduates who want to start their own practices and serve clients of moderate means can apply for assistance from the law school's new Low Bono Incubator Program.

Four recent alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to providing access to justice will receive financial assistance and guidance as they "incubate" a law practice for 12 months. A low-bono practice is built around serving clients of moderate means by offering reduced-fee legal services.

Each incubator attorney will receive a stipend of $3,000 to help cover the initial costs of launching a practice and living costs; limited use of free office space at a downtown location for meetings, work, and mailing; and mentoring in managing a legal practice and their areas of practice.

The program is made possible by gifts from Dean Standish Perkins '85, a successful Seattle personal injury attorney, and The Honorable Don Horowitz, former King County Superior Court judge. Dean Annette E. Clark '89 also made a gift to the incubator in memory of her friend and law school classmate, the late Katherine Stelter '89.

Seattle University School of Law is the only law school in the state to offer such a program.

"Starting this Incubator Program demonstrates in a tangible way Seattle University School of Law's commitment to meeting the needs of underserved communities and the needs of our graduates," Clark said. "We are helping alumni who want to start solo firms meet their goals and helping clients of moderate means find representation."

Applications for the inaugural participants are due Nov. 8. The Incubator attorneys will be selected by December and start in January 2014. Applicants must be 2012 or 2013 graduates of Seattle University School of Law, be admitted to practice in Washington and have or be ready to purchase malpractice insurance

The Incubator Program is part of the law school's Low Bono and Solo Initiative, which provides training, guidance, and resources to help new lawyers launch solo practices.

To apply for the Low Bono Incubator Program, please submit an application to Diana Singleton, director of the Access to Justice Institute, at singletd@seattleu.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

 

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