Free Legal Clinic for Start-up Nonprofits and Small Businesses


On Wednesday, March 18, 2 to 4 p.m., the DC Bar Pro Bono Center will hold a free legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits go over the legal requirements for starting up in DC. At the clinic, pro bono attorneys will meet with you one-on-one and walk you through several questions regarding your organization’s current status, in order to identify your next steps toward becoming a legal entity.

Entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners can learn about the different entity types and the requirements for each, internal governing documents, registering and licensing their business in DC, and other necessary steps to get their for-profit business going. Nonprofits can learn how to incorporate with DCRA, the process for obtaining 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, and early stage corporate governance best practices. The clinic will only provide brief legal information, but your organization may request additional assistance from the DC Bar Pro Bono Center to follow up on legal issues identified in the course of the attorney consultation. Registration is required at Questions? Email Lauren Paley at