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Community Economic Development

Transactional community lawyering for groups fighting for social, racial, gender, environmental and economic justices.

The Community Economic Development Clinic helps sustain effective community and worker organizations and build institutions that enable participants to keep key resources in community control.

The CED represents start-up nonprofit groups and co-ops as they incorporate, obtain tax exemption and develop bylaws and other internal structure. On more complex projects, you team with faculty and outside counsel to negotiate contracts and commercial leases, facilitate mergers, create cooperative investment structures and other legal entities, navigate licensing processes and regulatory compliance, and help clients to 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 be representing clients that are low-wage worker organizations, environmental justice advocates, wellness providers, and nonprofit community-based developers that establish and maintain essential resources for New Yorkers (e.g. childcare centers, health clinics, community gardens and cooperative workplaces).

The Community Economic Development Clinic is a collaborative environment in which student lawyers work with each other, with clients, with community activists, and with other lawyers.

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.