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Rural Economic Development Clinic

With one of the nation’s largest rural populations, Pennsylvania’s prosperity depends upon its rural communities. Under the direction of director and agricultural law expert Professor Ross Pifer and supervisor Jeffrey Erickson, the Clinic is committed to the complementary goals of training talented lawyers while encouraging sustainable rural economic development by representing clients in agricultural, food, and energy sectors.

The Clinic works with individuals and organizations to assist in providing tools for successful business operation. An example of a potential client is an agricultural producer who needs help drafting a contract to market goods using the Community Supported Agriculture model or to sell produce to local restaurants. Other services could include providing legal assistance with business entity formation and reviewing contracts, reviewing leases for wind/solar energy or oil/gas extraction, or developing model agreements or ordinances.

Student Clinic Application