This article was written by Ron Volkmer, Director of the Community Economic Development Clinic at Creighton University School of Law. The occasion is our small business development program - REAP's - 25th anniversary.
Since its inception in 2007, the Creighton University School of Law Community Economic Development Clinic (CED Clinic) has been privileged to work with the staff of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) of the Center for Rural Affairs.
The mission of the CED Clinic is to educate law students while serving the community as part of Creighton University’s commitment to producing men and women of competence and compassion. Senior law students working under attorney supervision represent microentrepreneurs and nonprofit community organizations.
The Clinic focuses on rural communities in Nebraska and on Latino and African-American communities in Omaha. We collaborates with economic development organizations providing business training and financing to microentrepreneurs.
Students gain hands-on experience in real-life issues, while clients gain first-rate legal representation that would otherwise be unavailable. Representation is free.
In addition to providing client representation, the CED Clinic has also made presentations at workshops sponsored by REAP and participated in the Marketplace conferences sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs.
The CED Clinic looks forward to continued collaboration with REAP staff in years to come. We congratulate the Center for Rural Affairs for having established a program that has made a difference in improving the lives of rural Nebraskans and their communities.
You can learn more about Creighton’s Community Economic Development Clinic here.
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