The Dallas Bar Association launched the first local legal incubator program, “Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering” (ECL) in the fall of 2019. By providing resources, coaching and mentoring, the program “incubates” a cohort of newly-licensed attorneys. ECL is geared toward creating financially sustainable solo practices that serve clients of modest means – those who earn too much to qualify for free legal assistance but can’t afford to pay $300+ an hour for legal services. The 2019-2020 ECL attorneys have already helped dozens of people with legal matters from custody disputes to housing issues to basic estate planning.
Who Can Participate?
Attorneys licensed less than 5 years (or practicing less than 5 years) with a strong interest in starting a solo or small firm practice serving a modest-means clientele. All participants must complete an application and interview process and be invited to participate. ECL members must demonstrate determination, an entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to providing access to justice and a firm commitment to the program. Sustainability of the applicant’s proposed practice area is also critical. Our program admits 8 to 10 lawyers per year.
For More Information
For more information email ECL@dallasbar.org.