UCLA, Pepperdine and Southwestern Law Schools Launch Attorney Incubator

Lauri Gavel, UCLA School of Law, (310) 206-2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu
Tom Inkel, Pepperdine University School of Law, (310) 506-7027, thomas.inkel@pepperdine.edu
Leslie R. Steinberg, Southwestern School of Law, (213) 738-6731, lsteinberg@swlaw.edu

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 8, 2015 – On June 9, 2015, the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium (“LAIC”) will host an event to introduce the nine inaugural LAIC participants, or “new solos,” and to launch the new initiative aimed at assisting attorneys in developing effective solo law practices serving modest means clients. The event will be held at Southwestern Law School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The launch party offers the community the opportunity to meet the new solos, program leaders and partner organizations.

The LAIC, a partnership among UCLA School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Southwestern Law School, local legal aid organizations and the Los Angeles County Law Library, was established as a pilot program in March through a grant from the State Bar of California’s Commission on Access to Justice. The nine new solos were recently chosen for the one-year program after a competitive process that included the submission of a personal statement and business plan and a personal interview. Each attorney in the program has committed to volunteer at least 200 hours to assist people who need legal assistance but cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Consortium members Bet Tzedek, Community Legal Services, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services and Public Counsel are providing legal training, mentorship and opportunities to support the new solos’ pro bono efforts.  

The LAIC participants include three recent graduates from UCLA, two from Pepperdine and four from Southwestern. Five of the participants are women and five are men. The language fluencies of the nine new solos include Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, Taiwanese and Urdu. In addition to being a culturally diverse group, the participants are also well-rounded in their fields of interest.

“We are very excited to launch this program and to work with these nine outstanding recent graduates to build their skills as new solos,” said Luz Herrera, assistant dean for clinical education, experiential learning, and public service at UCLA School of Law. “While united in their desire to serve modest means clients, they see futures in a variety of practice areas, from representing plaintiffs in Title IX federal civil rights cases to drafting and negotiating commercial transactions for small businesses.”

The new solos attended a boot camp in March to jump-start their practices. They will continue to receive trainings specifically geared toward effective solo practice management, as well as individualized mentorship, throughout the program. Topics to be covered include client communication, case management and business opportunity development in addition to various to continuing legal education on a variety of practice areas.

The long-term goal of the consortium is to develop a successful incubator program that can serve the legal needs of low and modest income populations throughout Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit: http://www.laincubatorconsortium.com/.

About UCLA School of Law
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About Pepperdine University School of Law
Pepperdine University School of Law, founded in 1964 and located in Malibu, California, is committed to serving students by preparing them for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a rapidly changing legal environment. Pepperdine University School of Law provides highly qualified students with a superior legal education through a combination of rigorous academic programs, meaningful interaction with faculty, and extensive clinical and experiential opportunities. The school prepares students for positions as counselors, advocates, and judges; as business persons; and as researchers, teachers, and philosophers of the law. For more information, please visit law.pepperdine.edu.

About Southwestern Law School
With a unique history of producing trailblazers in the judiciary and civic leadership since 1911, Southwestern is the second oldest ABA law school in Los Angeles. Full-time and part-time 2-, 3- and 4-year JD programs accommodate the needs of a richly diverse law student population and feature leading curricular innovation as well as one of the largest externship programs in California. The centrally located campus includes the world-renowned art deco Bullocks Wilshire landmark and helps foster close ties with the public interest, government, entertainment industry and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.swlaw.edu.