Social Entrepreneurship & Law

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Date(s) - 03/22/2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Tuesday, March 22
4-5:30 p.m.

Social Entrepreneurship & Law: a crash course in copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property, legal structures for enterprises, and contracts
Co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Alumni Network and the Wesleyan Lawyers Association (WLA)
Presenter: Cristhian Escobar ’00 (Lawyer, The Bank of Nova Scotia, American Bar Association, Independent Consultant)
Location: Allbritton 311

As if successfully launching a new product or venture was not hard enough, there are legal issues along the way that can baffle even the best entrepreneurs. During this session, attorney Cristhian Escobar ’00 will define key terms and concepts, and he will teach us how to know when it’s okay to DIY vs. when we need professional legal help — and how to find it when we do.

Pizza will be served for those who register

Cristhian de Jesus Escobar – Class of 2000

Cristhian is a bilingual commercial lawyer (California licensed; New York based) advising clients on complex negotiations in English and Spanish, focusing on cross-border finance and capital markets deals. Past notable experience includes a prestigious legal fellowship in London and a gubernatorial appointment to the California Public Utilities Commission, focusing on telecommunications and energy.

Cristhian has substantial experience advising and fundraising for non-profits (including crafting and executing development strategies) and counsels social entrepreneurs on diverse legal and non-legal matters (including formation, management, branding, capital raising, and marketing to investors). His work focuses on the growing field where the public, private, and philanthropic sectors meet, helping clients deliver innovative market driven solutions to social issues. His diverse practice also includes advising professionals in the arts and has taken him to lobby U.S. Congress members (Senate and House of Representatives) on behalf of a national client.

Awards include American Bar Association (ABA) Presidential Appointment as Commissioner (2011-2014), leading fundraising and development efforts for a new commission, Wesleyan University Alumni Association 2015 Service Award, and being selected for “OutNEXT: LGBT Emerging Leader Summit 2015”. He moderates panels, regularly presents on legal and commercial issues, and teaches a criminal law and procedure class at a community college in the South Bronx, NY.


Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.