CUBE’s Spring Events
Brooklyn Law School’s new Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship or CUBE packed its inaugural spring full of events addressing the legal needs and goals of new businesses, as well as building knowledge and expertise about the laws that govern them.
CUBE kicked off its events with the CUBE Innovators Competition April 3. BLS students presented projects focusing on legal issues and structures affecting entrepreneurial ventures and legal services for entrepreneurs to a panel of judges.
Four BLS students received seed money to launch new startups after winning the first annual Innovators Competition:
Jared Brenner ’15 received $2,000 for his “What If (Dot) Wiki” proposal that would create a wiki based solely on legal topics, especially those concerning law lagging behind innovation. “It’s a huge honor to win and have this kind of support,” Brenner said. He’s encouraging other BLS students to join him in the creation of the new wiki.
Tatiana Borukhova ’17 and Peter Pottier ’16 were each awarded $750 for their project aptly named SHARE (Subsidized Housing Alternatives through Renovation and Efficiency), aimed at creating affordable housing solutions for displaced families in New York City.
Austin Minogue ’16 received $1,000 for his "Law Students Causing Change" proposal, which would solicit small-change charitable donations at venues that utilize metal detectors.
The prizes were made possible through the generous contribution and support of CUBE by the Nancy and Stanley M. Grossman ’67 CUBE Fellowship Fund. Stanley Grossman presented the awards to the students, complimenting them on their creative and imaginative approaches to future challenges. CUBE is a “perfect venue” for entrepreneurial students wanting to obtain clinical experience in the practice of law, he said. “[My wife] Nancy and I are enthusiastic and want to move this ahead as rapidly as possible.”
Read the students' winning proposals on the CUBE page on BLSConnect.
View photos from the Innovators Competition.
Legal entrepreneurs and international visionaries in law, entrepreneurship, and innovation were brought together for an all-day Symposium April 4 to focus on the challenges and opportunities that are changing legal education and the practice of law. The program featured enlightening talks and expert panels on new issues facing the legal system, changes in law and legal practice that are needed and underway, and how the future of law and legal practice might look. In addition to the presentations and talks, this program included forward-looking legal products and services exemplifying the new face of law practice.
View photos and watch the video from the Symposium.
The Symposium was sponsored by Clio, the Voice Communication Exchange Committee (VCXC), the Center for Urban Business Entrepreunership (CUBE), the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP), iLINC European Network of law school startup clinics, Legal Hackers, HiiL, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, and the New York Greater Metropolitan Area chapter of the Internet Society.
BLS students and lawyers from the community attended a Roundtable Discussion April 7 about how Mayor Bill de Blasio has made land use and housing policy an early focus of his administration. City Council member Brad Lander offered his perspective, informed by many years as a community activist, on the land use and housing goals and policies announced by the mayor, and discussed the role and agenda of the City Council in these areas. Council member Lander represents the 39th Council District in Brooklyn and is a founder and Co-Chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus.
View photos from the Brad Lander event.
Brooklyn Law School hosted one of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle’s Entrepreneurship Symposiums April 24: Legal Issues for Startups. Jonathan Askin, Innovation Catalyst for CUBE, and Founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic, moderated a discussion between scholars, field experts, and practitioners on legal issues ranging from data privacy to branding and licensing. The two-day Entrepreneurship Symposium showcased research and leadership in innovation among Downtown Brooklyn colleges.
CUBE and the BLIP Clinic co-sponsored a .NYC Public Workshop Dec. 9 at Brooklyn Law School. NYC Digital invited New Yorkers to a workshop and info session on .NYC, New York City’s top-level domain (TLD). TLD is what appears at the end of a domain name, such as .com, .org, or .edu. New York City is the first city in the country with a top-level domain, creating new opportunities to support local businesses, organizations, and residents, and establishing an unprecedented level of geographic authority to the digital sphere.