CUBE: Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship

CUBE's Spring 2015 Events

Brooklyn Law School’s new Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) presents its spring events addressing the legal needs and goals of new businesses, as well as building knowledge and expertise about the laws that govern them.

Legal Tools for Worker Cooperatives and the Sharing Economy (CLE Program)

Wednesday, February 4, and Thursday, February 5
9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

Feil Hall, Geraldo’s Cafe

205 State Street

Register online.

Legal professionals, accountants, and community development organizations are invited to a two-day workshop on legal structures and strategies for cooperative development and sustainable local economies. This workshop will have a special emphasis on worker cooperatives, freelancer-owned cooperatives, land trusts, and alternative capital structures.

On the first day, attendees will learn about ownership and governance structures being used in the wake of the Great Recession to create a more inclusive economy, including land trusts and housing cooperatives, as well as new financing vehicles that leverage community capital.

The second day will focus on worker cooperatives and freelancer-owned cooperatives, including entity structure, bylaws and operating agreements, ownership transitions to worker cooperatives, nonprofit incubation of worker cooperatives, employment law, tax structures and more.

Presenters will include:
•    Janelle Orsi, Executive Director of Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies  (ABA Books 2012).
•    Ted De Barbieri, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School
•    Camille Kerr, Director of Field Building at the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI)
•    Ricardo Nunez, Cooperatives Program Director at SELC

For lawyers, this course provides 1 Ethics Credit and 5.5 Professional Practice Credits on Day 1 and 7 Professional Practice credits on Day 2 in the State of New York. You may attend both full days or just one; partial-day attendance will not be eligible for CLE credit. The credits are transitional and non-transitional.

Financial Aid may be available to participants who meet certain qualifications.  For more information, please email

The Workshop is presented by the Democracy at Work Institute, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE).

The Workshop is brought to you by the New York City Worker Cooperative Initiative, supported by the NYC City Council and the New York City Worker Cooperative Coalition.

CUBE Networking Event:
How BAM Became BAM! Innovation in the Cultural World

Wednesday, February 18
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Discussion and Networking Reception

Brooklyn Law School
Feil Hall
Forchelli Conference Center, 22nd Floor
205 State Street
Brooklyn, NY

Discussion with Karen Brooks Hopkins
President, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

About the Discussion
Creative and performing arts are a vital part of New York City life and Brooklyn is recognized around the world as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship. Karen Brooks Hopkins, President of BAM and one of the first-ever inductees in the Crain’s New York Business Hall of Fame, will discuss BAM’s role in the Brooklyn renaissance. She will reveal how BAM built its world-renowned stature through the cutting-edge programming of The Next Wave Festival and how BAM’s place as the anchor for creation of the Brooklyn Cultural District, fostering the growth of new, innovative arts organizations and developing community facilities, is a model for the role of the arts as an economic engine.

RSVP online:
before Monday, February 16

The event is sponsored by Brooklyn Law School's Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE).


Past Fall 2014 Events

CUBE Network Brown Bag Lunch

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Location: Brooklyn Law School

The program featured:
  • A 2014 CUBE Innovator Competition winner,
  • A student officer of the new pro bono group, CUBE Consultation Center,
  • A 2014 graduate who is a CUBE fellow, and
  • CUBE’s Executive Director and a CUBE Clinic faculty member.

BLS Symposium: Trade Secrets Law at the Edge

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Brooklyn Law School

Trade secrets have achieved a new prominence in business at the state, national, and international level. Brooklyn Law School’s annual Trade Secrets Institute Symposium will bring together experts from government, academia, and private practice to discuss recent developments in the field during two panels that examine these new trends.

Federal Trade Secret Reform
The law now stands at the threshold of a major reform in Congress. The leading current proposal is the Defend Trade Secrets Act, introduced by Senators Coons and Hatch, which would create a civil cause of action in federal court to supplement trade secret enforcement at the state level.

Startups and Trade Secrets Law
Protecting trade secret information is a major legal challenge for entrepreneurs and new businesses. Thanks in part to recent changes in patent law, trade secrets have never been more important to the emerging innovation economy.

Revitalizing NYC’s Industrial Waterfront for the Innovation Economy Featuring Andrew Kimball, CEO, Industry City

Date: Wednesday, September 17
Location: Brooklyn Law School

Manufacturing is once again widely seen as an important and growing component of New York City’s economy. Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and former President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation, will discuss the strategies behind adaptively reusing and transforming these massive and long underutilized industrial complexes into creative communities that are now at the forefront of manufacturing’s rebirth in New York City and the evolution of the innovation economy.

Past Spring 2014 Events

CUBE Innovators Competition

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.

Symposium – From Bleak House to Geek House: Evolving Law for Entrepreneurial Lawyers

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 HackersHiiL, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, and the New York Greater Metropolitan Area chapter of the Internet Society.

A Breakfast Roundtable with New York City Council Member Brad Lander – New Discussions: Land Use and Housing in the de Blasio Era

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 Tech Triangle Entrepreneurship Symposium: Legal Issues for Startups

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.


View video of the recent Entrepreneur Lawyers Showcase Program.

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For General Inquiries
Phone: (718) 780-7569

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Mailing Address:

Paul Gangsei, Executive Director
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201