Lack, Montgomery Volunteer as Mentors for Loyola’s Entrepreneurship Project

During the Spring 2023 semester, Fishman Haygood business attorneys Amanda Lack and Meghan Montgomery volunteered as mentors for the Entrepreneurship Project at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. This experiential learning course offers students interested in transactional work the opportunity to help local startups with tasks like organizing legal entities, drafting contracts, and preparing for outside financing. Mentors attend the client meetings, answer student questions, review documents, and provide critiques.

“The great thing about this program is that not only do the current students learn, but also this is an opportunity for the mentors to hone their leadership skills,” says Lack, a Loyola Law graduate.

New Orleans is a national hub for business innovation. In 2011, the city was named the Coolest Startup City in America by, and later the 2014 No. 1 Brainpower City in the U.S. by Forbes. To encourage continued growth, Loyola works with Propeller, a business incubator that focuses on social and environmental ventures, to help identify clients. Former participants include 504Healthnet, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve access to healthcare, and Bricolage Academy, an area charter school seeking to advance educational equity.

The Entrepreneurship Project is a win-win for both the legal participants and area organizations. Students, guided by their mentors, gain invaluable experience while working with innovative leaders.

“It has been such a pleasure to serve alongside the next generation of attorneys who will continue to make a difference in their communities,” says Montgomery.

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