Saturday, May 20 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
Small Business Legal Academy Detroit

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The Small Business Legal Academy is meant to help small business owners and entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. 

There will be four, hands-on panels covering the basic legal issues that business owners need to know.  These include:

  • ·    Intellectual Property
  • ·    Real Estate
  • ·    Employment
  • ·    Business structure, formation, and funding

You will have the chance to hear from some of Detroit’s leading attorneys. Each panel will include a chance to interact with the speakers and ask questions. 

The Small Business Legal Academy will provide direction and general information relevant to early stage businesses and entrepreneurs, but not representation. For private legal consultations, participants should register for the Small Business Legal Clinic.



Douglas Kelin

Attorney, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
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Michael Melfi

Partner, Bodman Law
Michael S. Melfi, J.D., MBA, is an attorney who represents emerging companies and established businesses in a wide array of technology and corporate matters. He has extensive experience mentoring, counseling, and securing funding for entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, and small businesses... Read More →

#DETSW17 Organizing Team
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Wendy Richards

Principal and Pro Bono Counsel, Miller Canfield
Wendy Richards is a Principal and Pro Bono Counsel at Miller Canfield in Detroit. Earlier in her legal career, Wendy focused on complex civil litigation including class actions, securities, and intellectual property matters. From 2013-2016, Wendy worked at a Detroit-based nonprofit... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Wayne State Undergraduate Library 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202