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The Community Economic Development Clinic launches the Community Innovation and Equity Project and welcomes two new fellows

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This year, the Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic welcomes new students and new Clinical Fellow Jesse Loper. This year students in the CED Clinic are representing a diverse range of clients on transactional matters, including a nonprofit small business incubator focused on incubating retail businesses and minority and women-owned businesses in podcasting production and other media services, construction contracting, and public relations. CED Clinic students are also providing community education workshops on business structures and legal entities throughout the academic year.     

The CED Clinic also welcomes new Clinical Fellow Allie Moore to help launch the Community Innovation and Equity Project (CIEP), Denver Law’s newest transactional law clinical course. As a project in the Community Economic Development Clinic, CIEP students will work in three issue areas: equity and representation in technology, rural economic development, and workplace rights during immigration enforcement actions.

CIEP provides an opportunity for students to both represent small businesses and nonprofits and address how transactional attorneys can support systemic community change.  In addition to some direct client representation, Fall 2019 CIEP students are engaged in a strategic planning process aimed at identifying the role of transactional clinics in addressing the CIEP issue areas.

The CIEP is co-taught by Professor Patience Crowder and Clinical Fellow Allie Moore. The CIEP’s launch is funded by a generous grant of restricted funds designated exclusively for community redevelopment legal assistance from the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF). 

The CED Clinic is a year-long course, and the CIEP is a semester-long project, which provides for some occasional overlap between the classes. 

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On September 30, 2019, Community Economic Development Clinic student attorneys, Blake Brettschneider and Joshua Miller, presented on legal structures and legal entity choice to a group of current and potential entrepreneurs.  The presentation was part of a small business training class held at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library in Denver, CO.

Community Economic Development Clinic Faculty Highlights

Professor Patience Crowder


Impact Transaction - Using Collective Impact Relational Contracts to Redefine Social Change in the Urban Core, 8 Tenn. J. Race, Gender, & Soc. Just. 1 (2019).


Presenter, Work in ProgressImpact Transaction: Redefining Social Change in the Urban Core through Collective Impact Relational Contracts,” Clinical Law Review Writers’ Workshop, New York University School of Law, New York, NY (Sept. 21, 2019).

Panelist, “Putting the “I” in Team: Intentionality and Innovations in Transactional Clinical Work,” 18th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference, UC Berkeley School of Law (May 3, 2019).

Co-Presenter, “Teaching About Racial and Economic Justice in the Age of Trump,” AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Francisco, CA (May 5, 2019).

Presenter, “Impact Transaction: Inclusionary Zoning as an Equitable Model for Small Business Development,” ClassCrits XI: Rising Together for Economic Hope, Power & Justice, West Virginia University College of Law (Nov. 2, 2018).

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