The law school’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic and Veterans Clinic recently collaborated with the MU Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business to help military veterans with legal aspects of starting businesses.
This is the first year Mizzou has participated in the national program called Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). Directed by Dr. Greg Bier and sponsored by Veterans United, the EBV is designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential entrepreneurship training to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities.
Asked to provide the legal guidance to 12 participating veterans, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Director Jim Niemann, ’93, involved his summer research assistants to give them hands-on experience delivering presentations on legal topics. Third-year student Ryan Ulrich led a team of upper level law students — which included Jamie Trabrizi, Kory Evans, Chase Barclay and Sam Ranzetta — in teaching the legal aspects of how to start a business. This interactive presentation was a great primer for the veterans looking to launch their entrepreneurial ventures.
“The presentation really turned more into a discussion, because they were actively engaged in the material we were presenting to them,” Ulrich says. “It actually meant something, and they were invested in what we were saying.”
The event had a profound effect on Ulrich. “Meeting with such passionate people, you can’t help but cultivate some passion for yourself,” he explains.
According to EBV Program Coordinator Kelly Mattas, the College of Business “… received responses from the veterans [about] how much the information presented by [the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic] was necessary to launch their ventures.”
Veterans Clinic Director Angela Drake’s presentation on the work of her clinic inspired the veterans. They were energized by learning about the work by Professor Drake and her clinic’s law students, who help veterans to overcome obstacles in making benefits claims to the Veterans’ Administration.