Stanford law clinic launches website for nonprofit pro bono support

Law Clinic documentsStanford Law’s Organizations and Transactions Clinic has launched a website offering free access to hundreds of sample legal documents for attorneys who represent nonprofit organizations.

Model legal documents for nonprofits are often hard to find. Several organizations make available corporate governance models, though it’s difficult to find examples of other documents, especially materials relating to charitable programs and other activities specific to nonprofits.

“We wanted to make a contribution toward addressing that gap in the resource base,” said JAY MITCHELL, professor of law and director of the clinic.

The site’s roughly 200 form and precedent legal documents relate to a wide range of matters, including corporate governance, programmatic and earned income activities and fiscal sponsorship, resource sharing, affiliation and other relationships unique to nonprofits.

The website also contains brief discussions of the clinic’s approach to the design of legal documents and client communications, which centers on accessibility and practical use by clients.

Mitchell and MICHELLE SONU, lecturer in law and clinical supervising attorney, led the project with support from the Robert Crown Law Library and Stanford Law’s communication and information technology departments. Law school students and instructors in the clinic prepared all of the documents and commentary provided on the site.

The Organizations and Transactions Clinic is part of the Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law. The clinic provides free corporate legal services to established Northern California and other nonprofit organizations. It is designed to help Stanford Law students learn about corporate practice and develop as lawyers and professionals.

Learn more on the Law School website.