Amanda L. Kool
Lecturer on Law
Amanda L. Kool is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor in the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School. Amanda directs the Community Enterprise Project, a clinical program of the Transactional Law Clinics that serves clients who live and work in the Boston neighborhoods surrounding the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Under her supervision, Amanda’s clinical students represent small businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups, and nonprofit organizations with respect to entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and other transactional legal matters. In addition to engaging in direct client representation, Community Enterprise Project students partner with community organizations to develop and implement strategies to address persistent legal barriers to economic development. To this end, Community Enterprise Project students conduct workshops and produce educational materials for targeted audiences on specific legal issues, as well as develop networks of technical assistance providers and other resources around a particular industry or need. Past projects have focused on the food truck industry in Boston, first-time home buyers regarding the unique aspects of condo ownership, entrepreneurial military veterans, models for community-sourced, localized investment under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, and the legal implications of business ownership by immigrant entrepreneurs.
Beyond her work in the Transactional Law Clinics, Amanda serves as a Supervising Attorney with the Harvard Recording Artists Project, a student practice organization in which teams of Harvard Law School students join with Berklee College of Music students to represent recording artists, producers, composers, and other music industry professionals in a broad range of entertainment law matters.
Prior to joining the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School as a Clinical Fellow in 2012, Amanda was an associate at Nixon Peabody LLP in Boston, where she represented financial institutions and emerging growth and middle market companies. She also served as the firm’s coordinator of pro bono matters for transactional attorneys and engaged in pro bono representation of nonprofit organizations and military veterans. Other past legal experience includes positions with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Conservation Law Foundation, and Resource Conflicts Institute in Nakuru, Kenya.
Amanda earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA from the University of Kentucky. Prior to law school, Amanda performed as a percussionist, taught music, and worked for a number of arts organizations across the Southeast and Midwest.
Amanda will co-teach the forthcoming Transactional Law Clinics course and accompanying seminar during the Winter 2015 term.