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Legal Counsel for Nonprofits, Foundations & Social Enterprises

Recap of “Starting & Scaling Social Enterprises” at Stanford Law School

Members of the Stanford law school, business school, and other departments, local attorneys and legal professionals, social entrepreneurs and investors attended the May 27, 2015 presentation on “Starting & Scaling Social Enterprises: A Crash Course on Social Enterprise”. 

The presenters included attorneys Zoe HuntonNeetal Parekh (lawyer, entrepreneur, cofounder of Thinktomi, and blogger at Innov8Social), and Natalia Thurston (Director of Legal Services, Social Venture Law in Oakland).  Monica Lienke, start-up attorney at Springmeyer Law and Stanford Law School Alumni Class of 2014, moderated the discussion, and Kaleisha Stuart, Stanford Law School Class of 2015, organized the event. 

The presenters offered an overview of the following topics:

  • defining social enterprise
  • development of legal infrastructure to support social enterprise
  • nonprofit and philanthropic sector issues
  • structure and funding considerations in starting and scaling a social enterprise
  • case study of Etsy’s recent IPO illustrating the unique challenges that arise from the growth and scaling of a B-Corp
  • integrating social enterprise into a legal career

Slides from the event can be viewed here.