Congratulations to all students in the Organizations and Transactions Clinic on a successful spring quarter. Under the supervision of director Jay Mitchell and clinical supervising attorney Michelle Sonu, students worked on a variety of corporate, contractual, advisory, and governance matters, as highlighted below:
Advice and contract matters:
Kyle Canchola (JD ’16) and Fay Krewer (JD ’16) drafted loan, security, and guaranty agreements for a leading statewide small business lender and microfinance provider. They also advised a large San Francisco affordable housing provider about possible changes in its corporate structure, and developed a variety of program contracts and other documents for an international nonprofit that works with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and promote gender equality in education.
Jennifer Binger (JD ’16) and KJ Pedersen (JD ’16) worked closely with a prominent Bay Area farmers’ market operator to develop an extensive market rules document reflecting recent changes in California law and market strategy. Jen and KJ also created contract documents and management decision-making tools for a substance abuse nonprofit concerning collaborations with mental health and primary care providers, and drafted a variety of documents for an Oakland provider of mental health, education, and family support services to children and families.
Jason Fischbein (JD ’16) and Nicole Scott (JD ’16) revamped program documents for a business incubator that seeks to accelerate emerging apparel and accessories design businesses in the Bay Area. Jason and Nicole also worked with a large and long-established San Francisco nonprofit on a contract for an innovative donated goods collection program, advised a statewide farming organization about its relationship with local chapters, and drafted a suite of grant, service, and sponsorship contracts for a Santa Cruz County arts organization.
Nicole Adamson Duda (JD ’16) and Drew Kambic (JD ’16) developed contract documents for a large international organization dedicated to encouraging distribution of free, multilingual content and providing full content to the public free of charge. They also advised a Marin County mental health provider about modernizing relationships with five affiliated organizations and drafted model farm lease provisions for a statewide agricultural organization, including provisions relating to drought mitigation measures and conservation easements.
In addition, all O&T Clinic students executed comprehensive corporate governance reviews. These engagements involve reviewing the client’s existing governance documents and practices, preparing a detailed advice deliverable, drafting an extensive suite of bylaws, board committee charters, and other documents, and making a formal presentation to the board of directors and to the CEO. Nicole Adamson Duda and Jason Fischbein worked with the board of a San Francisco Mission District visual arts organization. Drew Kambic and Fay Krewer worked with a San Francisco nonprofit that supports vulnerable individuals with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Jennifer Binger and Kyle Canchola represented a long-established Marin County provider of services to older adults and persons with disabilities. KJ Pedersen and Nicole Scott advised a Santa Cruz nonprofit that provides services and funds to artists and arts organizations.