Wake Forest University School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic Students at Dixie Classic Fair

Central North Carolina residents wait all year for the nine day fried food and fun fest that is the Dixie Classic Fair.  The fair features events from swine racing to wine tasting (which would be a great slogan), and houses exhibits such as the Yesterday Village and the Barnyard Zoo.  For the past couple of years the fair has featured an exhibit that honors our nation’s military veterans, aptly named the Veterans Wall of Honor.  The Veterans Wall of Honor gives retired service members and their families the opportunity to have their photographs displayed at the exhibit every year during the fair.  As of this year the exhibit has almost 600 photographs on display.

In keeping with the theme of honoring our veterans, students from Wake Forest University School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic were present at the exhibit to get the word out in the community that they’re ready to help.    Clinic students handed out flyers and business cards, and spoke with patrons of the fair who had come to check out the Veterans Wall of Honor.  As one would assume, many visitors to the exhibit were themselves veterans or family members of veterans, and were very happy to hear that the school was doing their part to help this famously under-served population.   Students were given an opportunity to talk directly to the veterans in attendance about the services the clinic plans to provide, and get immediate feedback from the population that is the focus of their efforts.

The Veterans Legal Clinic provides legal services in the following practice areas: Employment LawConsumer ProtectionDischarge Upgrades, and Landlord/Tenant Law. The focus of the Veterans Legal Clinic is to fill a gap in legal services available to current and former military personnel that are currently unmet by other legal service organizations. To further this goal, the Veterans Legal Clinic has chosen not to focus on VA Benefits claims at this time. There are several other organizations through North Carolina, including other law school legal clinics that provide legal services for VA Benefits claims. The Veterans Legal Clinic also does not provide legal assistance for family law or criminal law issues.

For more information on the Veterans Legal Clinic please visit the website at, contact us at 336-758-4950 or

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Meredith FitzGibbon (’16) speaking with an Army
Veteran on Military Day at the Dixie Classic Fair.

Posted by Jon Mayhugh, Clinic Fellow

Presentation to Winston Salem State University

On Friday March 21, 2014 the Community Law & Business Clinic’s Arts & Entertainment Group gave a presentation to students at Winston Salem State University about legal issues facing artists. Presenters included third year law students Disha Gandhi, Leslie Evans, Michael Glotzbach, James Goodwin, and Christopher DiGirolamo.

Presenters covered a variety of topics such as trademarks and copyrights, contracts, and tax issues. The presenters also discussed many issues students were concerned about in a Q&A session, ranging from graphic design and creating logos for companies to music sampling and unintentional infringement. There were many legal issues that the students had not considered and the presenters were able to help them see that there are solutions, as well as ways to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place. Working with an attorney before you begin any project is one of the best ways to prevent an issue from arising.

Read more about the presentation in this article from the Winston Salem Chronicle.

If you are an artist or entertainer and would like legal assistance or more information about legal issues facing you or your business, please contact the CLBC.

Presentation to Associated Artists of Winston-Salem

Wednesday, March 19th 2014. In partnership with Associated Artists of Winston Salem, the Community Law & Business Clinic’s (CLBC) Arts & Entertainment Group led an informative presentation about practical legal issues relevant to artists. The presenters, Leslie Evans, Disha Ghandi, Michael Glotzbach and James Goodwin covered topics such as trademarks and copyrights, insurance protection and tax compliance.

The recent sale of WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion is a high-profile indication that products of the creative process can be valuable indeed. Unfortunately, without proper legal guidance and compliance, creativity-based businesses and individual artists can be blindsided by trouble, often before they can get traction in the marketplace. Being fluent in these topics and working with an attorney who understands the field can often head off issues before they arise.

You can see pictures from the event at AAWS’s Facebook page. You may also download a copy of the presentation.

If you are an artist or entertainer and would like legal assistance or more information about legal issues affecting you or your business, please contact the CLBC.

Posted by Casey Crowley

Nonprofit Essentials – Budget & Financing

It was a pleasure seeing everyone again for the Budget & Financing session of the Nonprofit Essentials series. As we discussed during the session, I have included electronic versions of several documents and links to resources below.

  1. The Powerpoint presentation is electronically accessible. Note that the slides we skipped due to time constraints have been included.
  2. An electronic copy of the financial ratio analysis exercise we did is available.  Recall that standalone ratios are most useful when appropriate sector comparisons are made. Guidestar is a great resource for finding 501(c)(3) organizations’ Form 990 financial data.
  3. We skipped over the business model portion of the presentation, but I think it’s a very useful tool. Steve Blank’s Business Model Canvas can be found online, along with my transcription of the text portions of that document.  Blank’s website, Business Model Generation, is also worth a visit; it includes a good video about applying the Business Model Canvas.
  4. In passing, I referenced a Stanford Social Innovation Review article called 10 Nonprofit Funding Models. The article goes into detail about the basic templates for revenue generation in nonprofits, and is an interesting read.
  5. Lastly, here is a link to Dan Palotta’s TED Talk, The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong. The talk raises interesting questions about the scale and nature of spending in charitable organizations, including the overhead issue we discussed.

Posted by Casey Crowley

Essentials of Business for Nonprofits – Budgeting and Finance

Thanks to all who attended the Essentials of Business for Nonprofits – Budgeting and Finance session on October 17, 2013 at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center. A couple of quick notes:

  1. The Powerpoint slides are available online.
  2. The financial ratio analysis exercise can also be found online, for those that did not pick up a copy. Additional useful resources on nonprofit financial ratio analysis are available from the Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Especially useful are a) a list of common ratios and b) an Excel spreadsheet for calculating them.
  3. Since business models are covered in another segment of the program, we did not cover them in detail. However, I did reference a Stanford Social Innovation Review article called 10 Nonprofit Funding Models that I wanted to provide a link to.
  4. Lastly, I mentioned the Community Law & Business Clinic, a legal clinic at Wake Forest School of Law that offers pro bono work for–among others–nonprofit organizations. Several people asked for more information on areas of practice and how to apply, all of which can be found at the CLBC website.

We look forward to seeing you at the next session.

Posted by Casey Crowley

BizLaunch 2013 a success

The CLBC attended BizLaunch 2013 at Forsyth Tech. We enjoyed the event, and got a chance to meet small business owners in the community. Sign us up for next year.

Ali holding down the fort at BizLaunch 2013.

Posted by Casey Crowley