DLA Piper (Canada) LLP launches Black and Indigenous Business Law Clinic

Northern Lights

DLA Piper Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a pro bono business law clinic dedicated to providing ‎Black and Indigenous businesses with corporate and commercial legal advice.‎

DLA Piper recognizes that by fostering strong values within its workplaces, in its business practices, and in its ‎pro bono initiatives, the firm can have a positive and lasting impact in the communities in which we live and work. ‎While working internally to identify and dismantle implicit biases is an important part of our diversity and ‎inclusion initiatives, actively engaging in our communities is equally critical. As we look outward, we recognize ‎the significant barriers that people of colour and Indigenous peoples may face when entering the corporate ‎world. The path to success is ‎never easy for small businesses, and systemic racism and lack of ‎representation can make it that much more ‎difficult for those businesses owned by people of colour and Indigenous peoples.

DLA Piper is now accepting applications from qualifying Black- or ‎Indigenous-owned businesses in British Columbia to our newly formed pro bono Black and Indigenous Business ‎Law Clinic (the “Clinic”). ‎The Clinic’s focus will be common legal issues encountered by entrepreneurs and small ‎business owners, including incorporations, structuring, employment matters, e-commerce issues, and basic ‎commercial matters. The ‎Clinic will also run business law education seminars to help first-time business owners understand some of the ‎risks they should keep in mind as they grow their businesses.

Find out more about the Clinic, the services we offer, or how you can get involved here.‎