January 9, 2008
The New York Times today features the CUNY Law School’s new incubator project in a story on its education page. The story can be found here »
The story opens with an interview with Gabriel R. Munson, a 2003 graduate of CUNY Law, who, after trying to strike out on his own last spring, found that he needed business training to get the new practice moving. He turned to the Incubator, modeled after small business Incubator programs around the nation, for extra support.
Incubator participants, in an 18-month program, learn everything from how to keep accurate books to how to market their practices, from hiring to firing. The program currently has six participants, with a goal of increasing that number to 12.
“We’re helping lawyers, and we’re providing them with support and professional development skills, but it’s all done with the goal of having them set up practices where access to justice is extremely limited,” Fred Rooney, director of the Community Legal Resource Network, a consortium of roughly 300 attorneys in solo and small-firm practice, told The Times.
The story notes that CUNY Law is not alone in focusing on academic and legal skills rather than on business training. The piece quotes Deborah Rhode, a law professor and the director of the Center on Ethics at Stanford University.
The CUNY Law Incubator, based in Manhattan in law offices on 27th Street, is financed by CUNY as well as with money from the state.
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