Free Legal Assistance for Local Small Businesses from UH Alumnus, Speaker

A university of Hawaii Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law alumnus and speaker has launched a series of free webinars to help and accelerate the restart of small businesses in Hawaii affected by the pandemic.

The webinar series, launched by uh law professor Gregory Kimwho started the nonprofit Business Law Corps with a lawyer and former student Catherine Tachner, began last week and continues every Thursday at 10 a.m. until April 29, 2021, via Zoom. Participants can register online.

“If you have lost your job or had to close your business because of COVID-19[female[feminineor maybe you’re ready to start your scramble – all are welcome,” said Kim, a corporate lawyer who has a MBA in addition to his J.D. diploma.

The series aims to revive businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic and features an extensive series featuring advice from experts in the field. Each webinar will have useful forms and documents that will be explained during the session.

“The current series came out of the pandemic and my frustration that businesses are collapsing,” Kim said. “I have always believed that corporate lawyers can make a difference. We have the tools to make businesses work. So I thought why the business lawyers of Hawaii come together and do something valuable for small business owners and people who have lost their jobs, so we’ve put together this list of lawyers who already do a lot of pro bono work for us.

Beginnings in class

Kim, who founded her own virtual law firm, Vantage Counsel, and Taschner, who is now deputy director of the City and County of Honolulu – Department of Land Management, founded Business Law Corps ten years ago. year. It was born out of class discussions at the uh law school where Kim taught for 13 years. Taschner was a student at his clinic for entrepreneurs and small businesses and was fascinated by the idea of ​​creating a Peace Corps for Business – a pro bono concept where small businesses could get legal advice and guidance.

Since starting the body, Kim said he has advised and consulted with thousands of small businesses.

uh dean of law Camille Nelson is impressed and grateful for the time and effort Kim and Taschner have put into this project to help struggling businesses across the state deal with the effects of the pandemic.

“Our alumni, students and faculty continue to serve the state in multiple ways, in all areas of law and across multiple sites of legal practice,” Nelson said. “We greatly appreciate Greg and Cat’s continued commitment to using their corporate legal skills and business acumen to uplift and empower the community. Their work demonstrates that all areas of law can be harnessed to advance justice.

For the webinar schedule, see the uh law school website.

–By Beverly Creamer

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