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Blassberg-Rice Center for Entrepreneurship Law

A transformative gift from Franci J. Blassberg ’75, J.D. ’77, and Joseph L. Rice III will create a new center for entrepreneurship, operating both in Ithaca and at a new location at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City (opening in fall 2024).

About the Center

Two people standing side by side with the NYC skyline behind themThe Blassberg-Rice Center’s first priority will be the expansion of the five-year-old Entrepreneurship Law Clinic based at the Ithaca campus. Currently, students in the clinic assist Ithaca-area startups with a wide range of free transactional legal services, counseling clients on everything from branding to commercial contracts, data privacy, employment, equity allocation, founders’ agreements, intellectual property, marketing, negotiations and, during the pandemic, COVID-19 protocols for businesses and employees.

Students participating in the J.D. semester at Cornell Tech will be able to apply to work in the Blassberg-Rice Center to assist clients based in New York City, expanding access for both student and client participation.

Read the announcement here.

Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

Students in the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic represent entrepreneurs and startups who are not yet ready or able to engage paid legal counsel, but who need assistance setting the legal foundation for their businesses.
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  • March 2023: Center announced
  • June 2023: Space selection and design begins
  • August 2023: Hiring process begins for both Ithaca and Cornell Tech positions
  • July 2024: New hires begin work
  • August 2024: Center expands Ithaca operations and starts first cohort at Cornell Tech


Celia Bigoness
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Blassberg-Rice Center for Entrepreneurship Law
(607) 255-3285
Cornell Law School
155 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

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