Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

About the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

The Brandeis School of Law created the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic in 2012 to provide law students with an experiential learning opportunity by providing legal support primarily to the Entrepreneurship MBA program at UofL’s College of Business

The Entrepreneurship MBA students develop business ideas, form teams, and compete in business plan competitions for seed funding. Client representation is fluid and depends upon the business ideas involved; however, the law clinic helps clients with things like articles of organization, operating agreements, opinions of counsel, independent contractor agreements, and option agreements for technology.

The clinic can and does aid other students throughout universities located in the state of Kentucky with entrepreneurial legal questions. 

The clinic is run like the corporate department of a law firm, with weekly firm meetings covering agreements, accounting, intellectual property, ethics, FDA approval, and other topics. Students also receive support from law school faculty and several local firms and meet with MBA professors to get an understanding of their clients’ ideation process.

Will Metcalf and Carlos Hernandez Ocampo, directors of the clinic, supervise the work of third-year law students who have been admitted to the limited practice of law by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Under the Kentucky Supreme Court rule, law students who have completed two-thirds of the hourly requirements for a Juris Doctor are permitted to provide legal services to other students while participating in the clinic and being personally supervised by a member in good standing of the bar of Kentucky. 

Meet the Clinic's Directors

Entrepreneurship Law Clinic Directors Will Metcalf (left) and Carlos Hernandez Ocampo 

Will Metcalf, Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

William Metcalf, JD, is the Associate Vice President for Research Development and Strategic Partnerships at the University of Louisville, co-founder of the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programs (LEAP), and a Professor in the Brandeis School of Law, where he is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic. Within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Will is responsible for:

  • Leading Research Development
  • Facilitating Connections to the Healthcare Business Community
  • Supporting Research and Innovation Government Relations
  • Building Research and Innovation Communications and Marketing

In 2020, Will and his team supported a record-breaking $169M in research and service award to UofL and he has been the PI on more than $3M in awards. As Chairman of LEAP, a public-private partnership that amplifies the Louisville region’s ability to attract and grow high-tech companies, Will built a collaboration to support innovation that leverages the region’s unique strengths, including a robust healthcare business cluster and the regions only R1 research university. Will has published in law journals on issues impacting higher education and has presented to numerous conferences. Throughout his career, Will has worked extensively with hospitals, universities, and entrepreneurs, leading both projects and multi-disciplinary teams. Will works closely with the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council. He holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, both from the University of Louisville. In his free time, Will and his wife enjoy spending time with their three children.

Carlos Hernandez Ocampo, Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

Carlos Hernandez Ocampo, JD, is a U.S. Navy veteran and licensed KY attorney. In law school he excelled in Trial Practice and distinguished himself working with MBA Entrepreneur Track students at the Entrepreneurship Clinic. Before that he received his Bachelor in Studio Art from the Hite Art Institute with a concentration on painting. 

Carlos is a native Spanish speaker born in Cuba, and he has devoted his life to making meaningful connections with the people he meets. His passion for communication and open dialogue has led him to learn several languages to better communicate and understand the cultures he works with. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, Bosnian, and Italian.

Art is in his blood, from applying creative concepts to complex legal issues, to innovating ways to deal with traditional corporate problems. His passion for art, business, law, and veterans are visible in everything he does.

Tyler Belcher

Tyler Belcher is a third-year law student at the Brandeis School of Law where he also serves on the Student Bar Association as the American Bar Association Representative. Tyler is currently a Law Clerk at Landrum & Shouse, LLP, in Louisville and has previously interned for government agencies like the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In his free time, Tyler loves camping with friends, listening to music, playing the guitar, and watching stand-up comedy.

Kennedy Brooks

Kennedy Brooks is a 3L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She graduated from the University of Louisville with her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. She is an Articles Editor for the University of Louisville Law Review and the Public Relations Director for Lambda Law Caucus at the University of Louisville.

Haley Duncan

Haley Duncan is a third-year law student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. While at UofL, Haley has served as the Vice-President of the Business Law Society, and as a member of the University of Louisville Law Review, International Law Society, and Women’s Law Caucus. After Haley’s 1L year, Haley received the Samuel L. Greenbaum Public Interest Fellowship for her work as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Maze of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Following Haley’s second year, she worked as a summer associate for Stites & Harbison in Nashville, TN, and she will continue working there after graduation. In her free time, Haley enjoys spending time with friends & family, traveling, going to the lake, reading, and watching (trash) reality television.

Lucy Falkner

Lucy Falkner is a 3L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She attended the University of Kentucky for undergrad and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Lucy spent the last two summers working at Stites & Harbison in Louisville and will join the firm full time in 2023. She will work in the criminal defense and torts & insurance defense practice groups at Stites. Lucy spends her free time working as a volleyball coach at Union Volleyball Club and playing with her two dogs (Levi and Bandit) at the park!

Charlotte Karnes

Charlotte Karnes is a 3L at the Brandeis School of Law. She completed her undergraduate studies at Marshall University, where she received a bachelor's degree in political science. She is currently a Law Clerk at Fore Law, PLLC. Charlotte is the Managing Editor for the University of Louisville Law Review and the Vice President of the Appalachian Law Caucus. Outside of school, some activities Charlotte enjoys golfing and shopping! !

Abi McFarland

Abi McFarland is a 3L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Prior to law school, she received a Bachelor's in Biology and an MBA from UofL and worked as an Insurance Product Manager at Humana. Abi currently serves as the Vice President of Finance for the Student Bar Association and Senior Articles Editor for the UofL Law Review. She plans to practice corporate transactional law in Louisville after graduation. In her free time, Abi enjoys traveling, attending concerts and comedy shows, and spending time with her husband and their cat.

Gillian Urbaniak

Gillian Urbaniak is at 3L at UofL Brandeis School of Law. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bellarmine University, where she received a bachelor's degree in communication and pollical science. She is currently a Law Clerk at the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Jefferson County. Gillian is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law and a Teaching Fellow for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Central High School where she teaches constitutional law. In her free time, Gillian loves to try new teas, paint, and hangout with her Boston Terrier dog named Frankie.

Juels White

Juels White is a third-year student at University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Saint Louis University, majoring in communication with a concentration in advertising and minoring in marketing. Upon graduating law school, Juels will practice business litigation at Dinsmore & Shohl. She currently serves as a teaching assistant for a Dispute Resolution course and as an Articles Editor on the Editorial Board of University of Louisville Law Review.

Gabriella Wirasakti

Gabriella Wirasakti is a 3L at UofL Brandeis School of Law. She received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville. Gabriella is interested in patent law and has been a legal intern at UofL Innovation and Commercialization, where she worked in university technology transfer, and an Intellectual Property summer associate at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where she mainly worked in patent prosecution. She will be returning to Dinsmore post-grad to become a patent attorney. Gabriella is passionate about getting involved in the Louisville community. She is a legal intern for the Environmental Health Literacy Coalition, an environmental justice group focused on the disproportionate impact of air pollution in West Louisville, and a teacher in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Central High School. In her free time, she loves to crochet/knit, go to concerts, and hike!