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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

UC HASTINGS 41 And, Ball notes, it’s also a reflection of UC Hastings’ continued expansion, diversification, and commitment to social and economic inclusion. Social Imprints: A Success Story 3L Sasha Hahn and 3L Neema Ghiasi worked with Ball to create the corporate Social Imprints’ Jeff Sheinbein, 3L Neema Ghiasi, and Professor Alina Ball. and legal structure for Social Imprints’ employee incentive plan. “This is not just an internship or training program,” Sheinbein says. “We provide them with a career in a profession that has the power to break cycles of poverty that lead to activities such as recidivism and substance abuse. We look for untapped talent, and train them for a job they have probably never been given the opportunity for.” Ball says Social Imprints is an “ideal client” for the clinic. “They are structured as an LLC, so there is a lot of flexibility. We created a phantom equity plan that mimics employee ownership and continue to provide incentives and rewards for employees.” Students troubleshoot and help Sheinbein and his team think through the legal issues. “The students are doing the heavy lifting,” Ball says. “They do the research, lead the meetings, come up with drafts. The client is working with our student team to make sure language makes sense in both the legal documents and the information he presents to employees.” “Working in the clinic, and with Social Imprints in particular, has been an exciting opportunity to tackle a meaningful project from start to finish,” says Ghiasi. “It has been the most valuable opportunity of my legal education.” Ball says there may also be follow-on projects, such as reviewing vendor contracts. Students receive six hours of credit for the clinic. Prerequisites include Business Associations and a demonstrated interest in transactional law. They also receive, as a side bonus, some terrific swag, and pride in knowing they have helped local residents remain in San Francisco by providing the jobs and compensation that city living requires.


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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