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A little off-topic this afternoon, but I want to commend UMKC on its solo and small law firm project that assists small-firm attorneys and benefits the community through affordable legal services. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law has launched a Solo and Small Law Firm Incubator, developed in assistance with The Missouri Bar Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Solo Practitioner/Small Firms committee.

This program will assist recent graduates entering solo and small firm practices. The School of Law says that the incubator will provide affordable office space for approximately nine tenants, as well as practice management assistance and mentoring for graduates launching their own practices. This also brings with it an outstanding benefit to the Kansas City metro area: pro bono and affordable legal services for the Troost area corridor.

The UMKC School of Law has seen steady enrollment increases in its solo and small firm offerings. According to the American Bar Foundation’s last published Lawyers Statistical Report, as of 2000 about 70 percent of private practice lawyers worked in firms of 10 or fewer, and about 50 percent of lawyers were solo practitioners.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The Incubator was officially unveiled earlier this month, and is housed at 4747 Troost Ave. For more information about UMKC and its law school, its Twitter feed and YouTube channel are good places to start.

(c) Copyright 2010 Brett A. Emison

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