Duke I&E Academy hosted the first of its sessions on January 21. The topic was “I have an idea. Do I need a lawyer?” Jeff Ward, Meghan Brayton and Joe Oehmke, from the Duke Law Start-up Ventures Clinic, accompanied by a panel attorneys from Raleigh firm Smith Anderson, spoke last night about the importance of legal services when pursuing an entrepreneurial venture.
They walked through the points in startup development when seeking legal advice is advantageous, and shared how lawyers can aid in reducing risks and avoiding pitfalls. Panelists dispelled common misconceptions about legal work in entrepreneurship and helped assuage financial concerns.
Many more sessions and topics are upcoming in the I&E Academy and they are open to all, including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and the entire Triangle community. See the full schedule here.