Episode 19: Anne Smith and the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

Photo of Prof. Anne Smith, seated, wearing a white button down shirt.A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Anne Smith, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Professor Smith discusses her background in law and how it led her to the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic at UW Law as well as the history of the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic.

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic at UW Law School focuses on transactional and business law (not litigation) and has no one “typical” type of client. Prof. Smith talks about how clients “graduate” from the program once they become more successful (just like the students in the clinic graduate and become successful lawyers). She describes how the UW Law students who are part of this clinic work and interact.

She also talks about how the services and solutions created by the clinic have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic- both how their clients’ products or services have pivoted as well as how the clinic has adapted to virtual work.

Finally, she discusses the new projects the clinic is working on, such as the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative- bringing the idea of “law in action” to areas of Wisconsin outside of Madison and Milwaukee, as well as a few new projects that are still in the works (for example, keep an eye on their Youtube channel for new videos coming soon).

Listen to the Episode

The interview was conducted on February 24, 2021. | 28:08 minutes; published March 10, 2021. Transcript file (PDF).

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