Student Testimonial: Avery Douglas, Class of ’20
Having the opportunity to participate in the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, during my 3L year, was easily the most rewarding experience I’ve had in law school. I enjoyed the uniqueness of this clinic because of its focus on transactional law and feeling like I was making a difference in someone’s life. This clinic offers students the opportunity to thoroughly learn nonprofit and tax-exempt law, which is a continuously growing sector. During my semester in the clinic, I was able to incorporate multiple non-profits, draft by-laws and conflict of interest policies, advise clients on various business structures and the tax consequences of each, and file 1023 forms with the Internal Revenue Service for a non-profit to become tax-exempt. As a student attorney, I was able to engage one on one with clients whom I was representing and learn the importance of interviewing techniques, managing client expectations, increasing transparency by diligently communicating with the clients, time management, building trust, and coming up with a legal solution that would best achieve the client’s goals. I know I will continue to use the skills I gained from my clinical experience and advice gained from Professor Cherry throughout my legal career.