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Loyola Law Schoolĺs Incubator Program Welcomes New Cohort

Loyola press release - February 19, 2018

Recent graduates provide free legal services to residents at or below poverty line

The Incubator Program at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is celebrating its fourth year of operation with a new cohort of solo practitioners: Chad Rice ‘15, Matthew Steel ‘16, and Sean Erin Williams ’16. These attorneys will use their legal skills to provide pro bono services as they build their private practices.

The 2018 participants offer an array of legal services including services for modest means clients in practice areas such as: family law, immigration law personal injury, and criminal defense.

The Incubator Program supports recent Loyola law graduates (0 to 4 years) committed to social justice in solo practice. Incubator Program attorneys receive free office space in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, mentorship, case referrals, and other program support. First-year incubator attorneys are required to donate 25 percent of their time to pro bono cases and receive a monthly stipend.

The new attorneys join our returning second-year cohort, including Courtney Hollier Guillory ‘16, Emily Faye Ratner ‘13, Mauricio Sierra ‘13, and Matt Smith ‘15.

“We are so proud of our graduates who are using their legal skills to change people’s lives. They set a great example as they build a foundation of pro bono work into their professional lives,” said Davida Finger, Clinic Professor and Program Director.

In welcoming a new cohort, the Incubator Program also graduated three attorneys in December 2017. Angela Davis ‘13, Emily Posner ‘13, and Rachel Silvers ’13 left the program with successful and sustainable law practices. They join with previous program graduates as mentors for the new cohort members.

Emily Posner shared her thoughts on the Incubator Program:

“The incubator program provided an invaluable and supportive space to launch my private practice. The practical resources, professional offices, and close proximity to so many mentors and seasoned practitioners all greatly contributed in building my confidence and knowledge as an attorney and business owner. There are many barriers to succeeding in the legal field, but the incubator program is structured in a way so that it’s participants have access to a thriving career.”

For more information about the Loyola Incubator Program including biographies of all program attorneys, visit www.loyno.edu/lawclinic/incubator-program.

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