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In their latest annual survey, the Global Impact Investing Network and J.P. Morgan reported a total of USD 77 billion in capital allocated to impact investing. This unparalleled potential of the impact investing market coupled with a social enterprise sector that is exceeding expectations in both growth and impact, has increased the demand to master the evolving legal and financial frameworks available to social enterprises and impact investment funds. Choosing a robust legal and financial structure for transactions is key to tapping into this potential, which is exactly what TrustLaw’s Social Enterprise & Impact Investing Training aims to facilitate.

Headed to San Francisco this September and returning to London in October, the course series combine hands-on legal training with practical case studies, enabling strategic discussions and the sharing of best practices in social entrepreneurship and impact investing.  By attending, delegates will become part of a community of practice and will take away invaluable know-how on optimal legal and financial structures that will be taught by academics, lawyers, social investors and social entrepreneurs themselves.

Top reasons to attend:

o    Gain a “big picture” market overview of the social enterprise and social finance space in the US, UK and beyond

o    Learn how to structure social enterprises and lock in social mission

o    Get an in-depth understanding of social finance models

o    Learn about the key legal and commercial issues for the sector

o    Network with key players in the social innovation space

*San Francisco full-day workshop* Register before July 15 to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate. This course has been approved for up to 10 CLE credits in New York and New Jersey and 8 CLE credits in California. For more information, visit our website or contact Carolina at [email protected].

*London breakfast series* Register before 15 July to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate. For more information, check out our website or reach out to Shiura at [email protected].


I am looking forward to presenting at this conference next month. Looks like a great group of academics and practitioners.

Cross-posted at Business Law Prof Blog.


University of Cincinnati College of Law

The 29th Annual Corporate Law Center Symposium – Corporate Social Responsibility and the Modern Enterprise

March 18, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hilton Netherland Plaza

Pavilion Ballroom


This event is free. CLE: 5.0 hours, pending approval.

Presented by the University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Corporate Law Center and Law Review.

Symposium materials will be available on March 14 at:

Please register by contacting Lori Strait: email [email protected]; fax 513-556-1236; or phone 513-556-0117


Introduction, 8:45 a.m.

Keynote, 9:00 a.m.

Clare Iery, The Procter & Gamble Company

Social Enterprises and Changing Legal Forms, 9:30 a.m.

Mark Loewenstein, University of Colorado Law School

William H. Clark, Jr., Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Haskell Murray, Belmont University College of Business

Russell Menyhart, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Sourcing Dilemmas in a Globalized World, 11:00 a.m.

Steve Slezak, University of Cincinnati College of Business

Marsha A. Dickson, University of Delaware Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies

Tianlong Hu, Renmin University of China Law School

Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law

CSR and the Closely Held Company, 1:15 p.m.

Eric Chaffee, The University of Toledo College of Law

Michael Petrucci, FirstGroup America, Inc.

Lisa Wintersheimer Michel, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Sourcing From the Enterprise Perspective, 2:30 p.m.

Christopher Bedell, The David J. Joseph Company

Walter Spiegel, Standard Textile Co. Inc.

Martha Cutright Sarra, The Kroger Co.

Conclusion, 3:30 p.m.


More information here.


Alicia Plerhoples is leading an innovative Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center.  She presented her “Representing Social Enterprise” article at AALS in 2013, and her article was recently published by the Clinical Law Review.  I recommend the article to all those interested in social enterprise and/or clinical education.  The article will be helpful to the academic, practitioner, and clinician (perhaps because Professor Plerhoples has experience in all three roles).   “Representing Social Enterprise” includes a deep discussion of the models of social enterprise, thoughtful analysis of the corporate governance issues that are likely to arise when representing social enterprises, and interesting insights into Georgetown’s clinic.

The abstract is reproduced below and the entire article can be found on SSRN here:

“This article explores the representation of social enterprises — i.e., nonprofit and for-profit organizations whose managers strategically and purposefully work to create social, environmental, and economic value or achieve a social good through business techniques — in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. The choice to represent social enterprise clients facilitates a curriculum that explicitly focuses on the business models, governance tools, and legal mechanisms that these organizations use to accomplish sustainability and charitable objectives. By serving social enterprise clients, clinic students learn to solve novel and unstructured problems and engage in information sharing and knowledge creation essential to legal advocacy. Legal issues unique to social enterprises compel clinic students to question corporate law and its underlying normative values and employ transactional lawyering for public interest purposes.”

Cross-posted at Business Law Prof. Blog.


Katie Smith Milway and Christine Driscoll Goulay wrote a great post in Harvard Business Review about the explosion of social entrepreneurship in the last decade. Check out the post here.

I’m ecstatic to see that the next generation of business leaders are taking social enterprise seriously. With the exception of a few schools, the legal academy is not even aware of the social enterprise movement. The legal academy is about 20 years behind the curve on this. Why does this divide across the quad exist? When will the legal academy start taking this sector seriously?