Roger Williams University School of Law Community Economic Development Clinic director Prof. Gowri Krishna. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News
By Steve Klamkin WPRO News
Rhode Island's only law school is launching a clinic to provide legal help to businesses in the community, giving its students real world experience.
The new Roger Williams University School of Law Community Economic Development Clinic formalizes a long-standing effort, says University President Donald Farish.
"What's different now is we're saying this is now an institutional mission for us, this is a core value for who we are," said Farish.
"Universities no longer can hide behind walls and say we are isolated from the community. Universities need to become part of the community in ways that go beyond just educating students," he said.
"This is a win-win," said Governor Lincoln Chafee.
"Students get that real world experience and upcoming companies get to come in here and get some legal advice pro bono," Chafee said.
Businesses, both for-profits and non-profits can expect help at critical moments in their development, said the clinic's new director, Prof. Gowri Krishna.
"Critical moments in figuring out how to set up the business, what type of intellectual property issues they might have that they might need help with, these are all services that we hope to provide," she said.
Prof. Gowri taught at similar clinics at law schools at the University of Michigan and Fordham University.