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Legal Assistance to Micro-Enterprise Project

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources
Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (Texas C-BAR) created the Legal Assistance to Microenterprise Project (LAMP) in 2001 to provide legal services to indigent small business owners along the Texas/Mexican border, and throughout TRLA's service area. The project is modeled after microcredit programs implemented throughout the developing world.

LAMP classifies microenterprises as small businesses that satisfy the following requirements:

  • The entrepreneur is the sole employee or has fewer than five employees.
  • The entrepreneur has no access to capital through traditional loans.
  • The neighborhood or city is usually the market area.

TRLA assists low-income business owners by providing direct legal assistance, brief counsel and advice clinics, and business law education to assist microentrepreneurs in the development of their businesses. By partnering with microenterprise development organizations to leverage resources and provide otherwise inaccessible services, LAMP provides the legal means for microenterprises to maximize their chances of success and growth.

TRLA attorneys provide transactional legal assistance, basic legal education on federal and state regulations, and limited litigation on high-impact matters.

Contact Information: 

Andrea Harrington
aharrington@trla.org

LAMP Attorney
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid