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.
  • 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 and Westlaw.
  • Numerous networking opportunities.

The 2019 incubator participants are Laurel Brown '16, Kiona Gallup '16, Jeff Hamilton '17, Aaron Knapp '17, Morgan Lake '16, and Tyler Merrill '15.

Low Bono Participants

Tyler Merrill, Morgan Lake, Stan Perkins, Kiona Gallup, Jeff Hamilton, and Aaron Knapp. Not pictured: Laurel Brown. (Photo by Matt Lipsen)

Learn more about the 2019 Incubator Participants.