About Us

The Clinic provides business oriented legal advice to small businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and individuals who cannot otherwise afford legal advice. The purpose of the Clinic is to provide law students with an opportunity to use their substantive understanding of law in a clinical setting for the benefit of the public.  This clinical setting allows students to gain practice skills along with a deeper understanding of professional ethics and professional responsibility.

The Clinic provides segments of the business community, who have limited means, with access to legal services. The Clinic also provides law students with valuable client-facing experience. In addition to the experiential learning component of the Clinic, students also participate in seminar discussions led by Clinic Adjunct, Ryan J. Black, McMillan LLP.

Ryan J. Black

Ryan J. Black is a partner and Co-Chair, Information Technology, and Chief Technology Partner at McMillan LLP, practicing in its Vancouver office.  His work includes mergers and acquisitions, technology outsourcing, service provisioning, venture capital funding, high-technology employment, licensing and commercial contracting.  Ryan works with companies across Canada and internationally who are systems integrators, consultants, developers, retailers, publishers and service providers, particularly in the software, information technology and video game industries.

As a former software and Internet developer, Ryan has a unique insight to emerging technology matters important to today's businesses, such as cybersecurity, blockchain technologies, open source software, cloud computing, and social media. Ryan is a frequent speaker on a wide variety of legal matters including Canada's Anti-Spam Law, video game law, technology law and intellectual property issues, and is also the co-organizer of the Video Game Bar Association Summit North conferences, which held its inaugural conference in October 2017.  He was named as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in Lexpert’s annual Rising Stars 2017 edition, and was ranked for his work in Technology transactions in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018.

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The Business Law Clinic was established in January 2016 as a pilot program within the Centre for Business Law. Pilot funding for the program was provided by the Franklin Lew Innovation Fund. In September, 2016 a generous funding commitment from alumnus Robert P. Pirooz, Q.C. enabled the law school to continue to operate the Clinic through the 2016-17 academic year. Pirooz chose to name the Clinic in honour of former law school Dean, Professor Mary Anne Bobinski for the duration of his commitment.