MSU Law Clinic Receives “Power of We” Grant



April 27, 2007


Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic Chosen among Competitive Field of Applicants

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan State University College of Law Small Business & Nonprofit (SBNP) Clinic has been awarded a grant by the “Power of We” Consortium’s Capacity for Faith-Based and Community Organizations in the Lansing area.

“This grant will help the clinic’s continued efforts to further develop our students’ practical lawyer skills and professional values,” said Professor Michele Halloran, director of clinical programs at the Law College. “Because community service plays a vital role in our students’ legal education, we look forward to using this grant to leverage our role in the community and significantly enhance existing community resources.”

The “Power of We” grant process was a competitive one as only 25 organizations were selected for grant awards. The clinic intends to use the money as a match for the SBNP Clinic's Coleman Foundation grant.

The Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic trains confident and competent legal professionals to assist underserved Michigan small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Student clinicians facilitate entrepreneurial empowerment by engaging in community economic development and outreach initiatives that provide timely, quality, legally-relevant information. The Clinic also creates community and campus partnerships to expand resources available to Michigan small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The clinical programs are designated a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service, allowing donors tax incentives through tax-deductions and tax-credits. Additional information about the Rental Housing and Tax Clinics is available at or by phone at 517/336-8088.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture. Its 2006 graduates achieved a 93 percent bar examination passage rate nationwide and the Law College’s Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program falls in the nation’s top-20 according to U.S. News & World Report. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit


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