The Role of Law
Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Megan M. Carpenter
Chapter 9: The Role and Impact of Clinical Programs on Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth
Patricia H. Lee* INTRODUCTION I. The interplay of entrepreneurship law clinical programs and economic growth first interested me when I directed the first entrepreneurship law clinical program designed to represent entrepreneurs with their private sector business transactions in 1998.1 The idea of dedicated law students advocating on behalf of emerging entrepreneurs in a law school clinical * ©2011 Professor Lee thanks Megan Carpenter, Professor of Texas Wesleyan Law School for convening the Evolving Economies conference and book project and all of the authors in this upcoming book; WVU College of Law Professors William Rhee, Gregory Bowman, Jena Martin-Amerson, Atiba Ellis, and Megan Annitto for their thoughtful comments about the scholarship; Brian Corcoran, who as a third-year WVU law student and member of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Law Program assisted with numerous hours of legal research and data collection; Dallas F. Kratzer III, a second-year WVU law student, who assisted with citations; Marcus Lee, from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism who provided helpful editorial and journalistic comments; Brandon Lee, a volunteer with the National Institute for Urban Entrepreneurship who spent many hours assisting with data entry and appendices; Professor Michael Risch for his vision in founding the program at WVU College of Law and Dean Joyce McConnell of WVU College of Law for her constant support of WVU law faculty, staff and students. 1 William Mellor & Patricia H. Lee, Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship: A Real World Model in Stimulating Private Enterprise in the Inner City, 5 J. Small & Emerging...
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