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Community Economic Development

Learn transactional lawyering in a nonprofit, social justice setting.

Help low-income communities and low-wage workers build and sustain organizations to meet their needs and better their lives.

You will represent start-up nonprofit groups as they incorporate, obtain tax exemption and develop bylaws and internal structure.  You will team with faculty and outside counsel on more complex transactional projects -- to negotiate contracts and commercial leases, form community land trusts, draft community benefits agreements, manage cooperative entities, navigate regulatory compliance, and help clients plan and execute programs and activities.

As a legal intern, you will practice basic skills of transactional lawyering in a social justice setting. You will help low-wage worker organizations, environmental justice advocates and community-based organizations to establish and maintain essential resources (e.g. affordable housing, childcare and health clinics).  You will learn to negotiate, mediate, facilitate, draft legal documents, make community presentations, counsel clients and help them assess risks.

The CED Clinic is a collaborative environment in which student lawyers work with each other and with clients, community activists and other lawyers.  Evening students are welcome.

Taking a Clinic was one of the best decisions I made in law school. Today, I work in the Tax-Exempt Organizations practice group of a major law firm, utilizing many of the transactional skills I developed while in the CED clinic.

Justin Peters
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Community Economic Development Clinic 2015

This clinic is supervised by Brian Glick. Brian is the former Senior Community Economic Development Attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services A and counsel to numerous community groups. "OUR JOB IS TO KEEP THE NONPROFIT VEHICLE RUNNING SAFELY SO THE CLIENT CAN DRIVE IT WHERE THE CLIENT CHOOSES."