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Consumer access to affordable legal services is an issue in general in the United States, and certainly includes concern about affordable legal services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The following are links to groups and studies exploring or pursuing affordable legal services of interest to small business and entrepreneurs.
This section contains contact information for the 19 Kauffman Campuses and descriptions and contact information for the many established cross-campus, multidisciplinary higher education programs in entrepreneurship and innovation.
State and local bar associations and other organizations throughout the United States offer on-line means to search for lawyers licensed to practice law in various jurisdictions. This section contains links to several examples of on-line resources that may be of uses in locating lawyers in various practice areas, including in many cases the ability to search for lawyers practicing in areas of interest to entrepreneurs and innovators, as well as resources for information on pro bono programs and the ability to check on the standing of lawyers in terms of licensing and disciplinary actions.
This section highlights resources offered by the American Bar Association (ABA) and law schools in the United Sates that are designed to be of assistance to lawyers desiring to thrive as entrepreneurs in the practice of law.
While many U.S. law schools have had experiential learning and practical skills development elements in their curriculum for some time, there has been increased attention to the need for these programs in recent studies of legal education. The American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) have taken steps to promote the active pursuit of improved and innovative means of delivering practical skills training to their students. This section contains links to general information about this trend in legal education, links to law school curriculum summaries and course descriptions, and links to some notable examples of law school programs with particular emphasis on transactional lawyering skills.
The following lists some particularly notable committees, blogs, and Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Sections through which law school faculty and faculty from other disciplines interested in collaborating with law school faculty can exchange ideas on entrepreneurship and innovation pedagogy and scholarship.
This section contains a list of both American Bar Association (ABA) sponsored initiatives as well as ongoing continuing legal education programs at U.S. law schools geared towards those who are interested in law, entrepreneurship and innovation.
The following section lists law review/journal publications on business/transactional law in general, law and community economic development, law and entrepreneurship, and the intersection of law, technology and innovation.
This section contains links to governmental online resources and links to websites of some nonprofit foundations and organizations that may provide funding for research, curriculum design and community outreach.
Remember that scene from “The Fifth Element” when Leeloo is reconstituted using her DNA as a blueprint? Did you ever want your own Replicator from Star Trek? Within the last few years, hype about 3D printing has steadily grown and the stuff of Sci-Fi dreams is closer to becoming a reality. 3D printing has already allowed surgeons to partially reconstruct a person’s face and even print food! We’re not quite all the way to having our own personal Replicator, but rapid advances in 3D printing are bringing us closer every day.
These rapid advances in technology also raise interesting new legal questions.For example:
Does the creator of a 3D-printable file always own the file?
What can or can’t be done with a 3D-printable file that is owned by someone else?
When an object is printed, who owns it?
The goal of this guide is to answer these types of questions as well as introduce you to 3D printing. In the spirit of keeping our answers short and straightforward, we have separated general intellectual property concepts and definitions into their own sections at the end of this guide so readers that want to learn more about any of the legal concepts in this guide can.
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