Spring Quarter Highlights from the O&T Clinic

The Organizations and Transactions Clinic just concluded its spring 2018 quarter. Under the supervision of director Jay Mitchell and clinical supervising attorney Michelle Sonu, nine full-time and two advanced students worked on a variety of contractual, advisory, and corporate governance matters, as highlighted below.

Contract and advice matters:

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Alyssa Dunn (‘19) and Ariel Guerrero-Stewart (‘19) provided advice and prepared template contracts for a large international nonprofit based in Atlanta. The work involved several calls with the general counsel and consideration of recent caselaw developments. Alyssa and Ariel also developed contracts and management tools for a San Francisco education organization. The engagement included advice to the client about trademark and other intellectual property matters.




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Jessica Clarke (‘19) and Victoria Muñoz-Torres (‘19) worked with the CEO and CFO of national education nonprofit on two matters. They drafted contracts relating to the client’s relationships with corporations, and provided legal and business advice about a proposed program spinoff to a new subsidiary. Jess and Victoria also developed curator, exhibition, fiscal sponsorship, and other agreements for a San Francisco nonprofit that collaborates with diverse artists through a variety of programs.




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Elyssa Pak (‘19) and Alexandra Valicenti (‘19) developed a suite of template contracts and other documents for one of the world’s leading dance schools. The project involved interacting with school leadership, observing class sessions, and learning about professional dance training. Elyssa and Allie also represented a Palo Alto educational nonprofit focused on the development of technology and other entrepreneurs. The work included creation of a contract for use in involving venture capitalists in the program.




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Michelle Cho (‘19), Sakura Kato (‘19), and Katie Mladinich (‘18) worked with a North Bay organization focused on sustainability to develop template agreements for its relationships with collaborators, corporations, and government agencies. They also created a suite of contracts for a Bay Area nonprofit that develops healthcare performance measures and tools for deployment in low-income countries, and worked with one of the country’s largest nonprofit accelerators on materials relating to fundraising relationships with commercial entities.




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Advanced clinic students Maya Spitzer (‘18) and Nicole Chen (‘18) represented one of the largest farmers’ market operators on the West Coast on a matter involving development of market operations materials. The project included multiple interactions with senior management team members and development of a nearly 40-page market rules document reflecting recent changes in California law.






Corporate governance:

In addition, all O&T Clinic students carried out comprehensive corporate governance reviews. These engagements involve reviewing the client’s existing governance documents and practices, preparing a detailed report, drafting an extensive suite of bylaws, board committee charters, and other documents, and making a formal presentation to board members and senior executives. Alyssa Dunn and Alexandra Valicenti represented a national organization focused on empowering students from underprivileged communities to graduate from college. Katie Mladinich and Nicole Chen advised a long-established East Bay environmental organization. Ariel Guerrero-Stewart and Sakura Kato worked with the board of a San Francisco nonprofit that supports the Bay Area arts community. Jessica Clarke and Elyssa Pak advised a nonprofit design firm focused on improving the lives of people living in poverty. Michelle Cho and Victoria Muñoz-Torres represented an Oakland-based organization that provides STEM programming to girls from low-income communities.