Community and Economic Development Clinic

Professor Michael Haber, Attorney-in-Charge
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Students

Students in the Community & Economic Development Clinic provide transactional (non-litigation) assistance to nonprofits and small businesses in low-income communities in and around Nassau County, with a preference for clients that contribute to social and economic justice.

Clients include newly-forming businesses and nonprofits requiring start-up assistance and established entities that need help in connection with more complex issues.

The Clinic’s start-up work includes:

  • counseling concerning choice-of-entity decisions,
  • incorporation,
  • drafting corporate bylaws,
  • operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and founders’ agreements
  • applications for tax exemption
  • and drafting, review, and negotiation of contracts.

Our work for more established clients commonly involves:

  • corporate finance and securities law,
  • commercial leases and real estate transactions,
  • and employment law matters.

In addition, we work with some of our nonprofit clients as project counsel in support of their community-driven activities on the legal topics of greatest concern to low-income communities on Long Island:

  • housing,
  • jobs,
  • environmental issues,
  • and more.