Jordan Chisolm

  • Hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Miami, Florida
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Jordan provides free transactional legal services to minority and immigrant entrepreneurs in low-income Miami neighborhoods to strengthen business viability and community revitalization through the Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project.

Unlike technology-driven start-ups, small community businesses have lower barriers to entry, often employ local residents, and form the foundation upon which neighborhoods can prosper. In Miami, 54 percent of small community business owners are foreign-born and over 75 percent of the county population is Latino or Black. These entrepreneurs generally earn less than U.S.-born and non-minority business owners. This project addresses an important disparity by assisting a population that is underserved by transactional legal services.

Fellowship Highlights

In the first year, Jordan has:

  • Represented 44 for-profit business enterprises in low-income Miami neighborhoods in a variety of corporate transactional tasks, including corporate formation, drafting corporate documents, service contract drafting, general advice and counsel, intellectual property advice, and real estate lease negotiation.
  • Performed 75 consultations with business enterprises.
  • Represented the founders in the opening of a new boutique hotel in a historically black Miami neighborhood.
  • Conducted 20 workshops and trainings to educate business owners on substantive legal issues pertinent to running a business enterprise.
  • Recruited 16 volunteer pro bono attorneys to directly advise small business owners.

What’s Next

In the next year, Jordan plans to:

  • Establish relationships with and provide legal services to 15 new clients.
  • Conduct CLE-eligible training session for pro bono attorneys.
  • Develop pilot platform with public-facing content for Miami business owners in need of legal help.

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