The justice gap in Washington for moderate income families is growing. These individuals need legal assistance, but make too much money for free legal services and cannot afford to pay for a market rate attorney.

Seattle University School of Law is the only law school in Washington with an Incubator Program that seeks to fill this gap. Since 2013, the incubator has provided training, guidance, and resources to help alumni launch and maintain a solo or small firm practice designed to serve moderate-income clients by offering reduced-fee, high-quality legal services.

Through the program, selected alumni will have the opportunity to "incubate" a law practice for 12 months for the purposes of creating a sustainable, successful low bono law practice. Applicants should have graduated in the past five years to be eligible for participation.

For one year, each attorney will benefit from:

  • Office space in downtown Seattle for the receipt of mail and service of process, conference room availability to meet with clients and conduct depositions.
  • Access to experienced practicing attorneys who can provide mentoring in their particular areas of practice and on running a law practice.
  • Support, guidance, and encouragement from Program Director Stan Perkins ’85.
  • One-on-one meeting with a business coach.
  • Peer support through monthly meetings with cohort and director.
  • Curriculum in the form of bi-monthly CLEs geared at practical skill building and the tools necessary to launch and sustain a successful affordable legal services firm. These will include: Launching a Successful Practice, Marketing, Depositions, Fee Agreements, Discovery, and 10 Common Mistakes of New Attorneys.
  • All alumni privileges of the law library plus free borrowing membership.
  • A one-year subscription to the case management software CLIO or Practice Panther, and Lexis Nexis.
  • Numerous networking opportunities.

Applications for our 2021 cohort are now available! The cohort will meet virtually until it is safe to meet in person but and will offer all the above benefits but for office space until it is safe to do so. Applications are due Monday, November 30, at 5:00 p.m. Questions? Please reach out to co-directors Stan Perkins or Cindy Yeung.

2021 Application Form

The 2020 incubator participants are Brady Blake ’19, Kerry Clayman ’11, Chris Paul Hendry ’19, Brett Kobes ’18, Eric Landeen ’17, Sarterus Rowe ’09, and Olga Zozulia ’19.

2020 Incubator Attorneys

Left to right: Eric Landeen, Sarterus Rowe, Kerry Clayman, Stan Perkins, Chris Paul Hendry, Brady Blake, Brett Kobes, and Olga Zozulia

Learn more about the 2020 Incubator Participants.