Richards Buell Sutton LLP Business Law Clinic provides law students with an educational opportunity to use their substantive understanding of business law in a clinical setting for the benefit of the public. This clinical setting offers students a unique opportunity to develop a number of practical and legal skills. In addition to providing a client facing experiential learning environment for students, the Clinic serves another important purpose by expanding access to legal services for a range of business and non-profit organizations.
The Clinic provides business oriented legal advice to small businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and individuals who cannot otherwise afford legal advice. The purpose of the Clinic is to provide law students with an opportunity to use their substantive understanding of law in a clinical setting for the benefit of the public. This clinical setting allows students to gain practice skills along with a deeper understanding of professional ethics and professional responsibility.
The Clinic provides segments of the business community, who have limited means, with access to legal services. The Clinic also provides law students with valuable client-facing experience. In addition to the experiential learning component of the Clinic, students also participate in seminar discussions led by Clinic Adjuncts, Ryan J. Black and Tyson Gratton.
The Business Law Clinic was established in January 2016 as a pilot program within the Centre for Business Law. Pilot funding for the program was provided by the Franklin Lew Innovation Fund. In September, 2016 a generous funding commitment from alumnus Robert P. Pirooz, Q.C. enabled the law school to continue to operate the Clinic through the 2016-17 academic year. Pirooz chose to name the Clinic in honour of former law school Dean, Professor Mary Anne Bobinski for the duration of his commitment.