Wonderful Quarter for the Organizations and Transactions Clinic

Students, faculty and staff of the Organizations and Transactions Clinic are wrapping up another outstanding quarter of work providing high-quality representation to a number of clients.  Here are some highlights of their accomplishments:

Mia Beck (’13) and Eric Fleekop (’12) prepared a substantial analysis of corporate structuring options and related implementation considerations for an urban farming organization in Santa Clara County and met several times at the farm with the CEO and board chair to discuss the recommendations.  The team provided comprehensive corporate governance advice and documents to a San Francisco girls empowerment organization, an engagement involving meetings with the CEO, board governance committee and full board of directors. Mia and Eric also created a program services agreement and liability waiver for the client.   Finally, the team reviewed a fiscal sponsorship agreement for a Marin County community resource center and created template documents for use with future projects.

Robert Fischbeck (’13) and Jamie Kendall (’13) reviewed complex land- and facility-use arrangements and related governance matters for a leading Northern California agricultural education organization.  The project involved a site inspection, extensive diligence, preparation of a lengthy assessment document and new governance materials, and multiple calls with the CEO and members of the board.  The team also provided governance advice and documents for an Alameda County conservation organization, and presented their recommendations at a meeting of the board.  Finally, for the CFO of a large Bay Area food bank, Bobby and Jamie developed a practical contract review tool, a work-product that touched on both business and legal considerations and was adapted by other teams for their clients.

Talya Goldfinger (‘13) and Julia Kropp (’13) provided corporate governance advice and materials for a San Mateo County community resource center and met with its CEO and board of directors to discuss the project.  They also revamped contract documents for a farmers’ market and developed a number of other documents for the organization.  Talya and Julia advised a large Bay Area operator of farmers’ markets about its vendor audit process, a project involving a meeting with the CEO, participation in an on-farm audit, legal research, and development of advice, contract and communication documents.  The team also prepared a services agreement and related review tools for a San Francisco abuse prevention organization and revised materials relating to a community garden and residential gleaning program in San Jose.

Rachel Gibbons (’13) and Charlie Willson (’13) represented a large San Francisco community services organization on a complete rework of the materials for its transitional housing program.  The project included a facility tour and several meetings with the CFO and program director, and involved design and drafting of a suite of contract and other documents for the client.  Rachel and Charlie also prepared corporate governance recommendations and materials for a Marin County sustainable agriculture organization and developed a number of contracts for the organization, including an IP license, loan agreement and various program documents.  Finally, the team prepared a private land access agreement and a template independent contractor agreement for a Santa Clara County conservation organization.

The Organizations & Transactions Clinic is directed by Professor Jay MitchellEva Guttierez serves as the Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Clinical Teaching FellowSandra Becerra provides legal assistance.