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Northwestern Law to Host 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Law Conference

In March, Northwestern Law will host the 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Law Conference, which will feature leading Chicago entrepreneurs, financial investors, business leaders and legal professionals in panels and discussions about the legal and business challenges entrepreneurs encounter.

The conference will take place Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Law School atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave. 

“Inc. to Empire: The Legal Growth of Your Business” will focus on designing, building and running a business with  panels covering various stages of growing a business — the legal steps of getting started, the how-tos of attracting investors, the best ways of protecting a brand with the law and the process of an initial public offering. The conference is expected to draw more than 250 students, entrepreneurs and lawyers. 

Featured panelists include executive-level speakers or founders from key Chicago-area companies such as Orbitz, Options Xpress, Navteq, Excelerate Labs and Leo Burnett.
Tom Churchwell will deliver the keynote speech. He is a prominent player on the Chicago venture capital scene with more than 20 years of experience working with start-up technology-based companies, as well as in operations for more established companies, and currently serves as a director of several early-stage companies in the Midwest. Churchwell has launched an exciting new business, the details of which he plans to share during the conference. 

“We are thrilled by the caliber of our panelists this year,” said Esther Barron, director of Northwestern’s Entrepreneurship Law Center (ELC). “This conference will provide students and entrepreneurs with a wonderful opportunity to learn and build new relationships.” 

Admission to the conference is $25 for those who register after Feb. 15, $30 at the door; and $10 for students. For more information about the event, contact the Entrepreneurship Law Center.

The Entrepreneurship Law Center (ELC) is a nonprofit, student-based clinical program affiliated with Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic. The ELC gives law students, working under the supervision of professors and legal professionals, the opportunity to provide affordable legal services to entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations focusing on job creation and economic development in the Chicago area.


Posted: February 27, 2012