Founded in 2015, Los Angeles Incubator Consortium (LAIC) was created as an alternative to the traditional law firm structure. LAIC supports diverse solo lawyers who are especially entrepreneurial and creative. To be accepted into the program, applicants must demonstrate their commitment to serving clients who otherwise have no access to legal services or justice due to cultural, linguistic and financial barriers.
During their year of immersion in LAIC, attorneys are exposed to a variety of practice areas, introduced to potential mentors, and offered ongoing group workshops and 1-on-1 coaching to guide their practices and keep up momentum. Participating attorneys gain direct legal experience through LAIC's pro bono requirement of 100 hours with prominent Los Angeles-area legal services organizations such as Bet Tzedek, Public Counsel, Neighborhood Legal Services, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Community Legal Aid So Cal, as well as the Los Angeles Law Library. While performing pro bono work, participants also build long-lasting friendships and grow their professional networks.
Among the 98 attorneys who have gone through the program to date, 28 language fluencies are represented and pro bono work is incorporated into their practices. LAIC aims to help participating attorneys develop their unique professional voices within a supportive community.
Los Angeles Incubator Consortium Training Session
"As a LAIC participant, I helped with the following: a mother gaining closure by securing medical documents from the LA coroner’s office, small businesses completing a trademark application and negotiating a commercial lease, and an organization securing non‐profit status so that it could begin offering braille transcription services to skid row residents. My exposure to new legal areas and the skills I have developed have been an invaluable learning experience. Participation in LAIC has helped me, and everyone in the cohort, develop our entrepreneurial mindset with respect to providing legal services. Finally, I have a much better understanding of the shortfall in legal services available to meet the needs of low to moderate income people in the LA community and the importance of the attorneys and institutions working to address this gap. I will continue be involved in helping to meet this gap." (2017)