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Community Economic Development

The Community Economic Development Clinic allows students interested in transactional law to represent nonprofit corporations, community-based associations and small businesses. Under the supervision of licensed attorneys, student attorneys assist clients with business law and community development legal needs. The clinic is designed to support grassroots organizations and promote community-based neighborhood transformations such as revitalization, economic development, and small business growth.

Student attorneys participate in drafting corporate formation documents, assisting nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt applications and maintenance of tax-exempt status, drafting and negotiating contracts, and other transactions related to economic development and redevelopment contracts. 

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    Students & Clients  

    Are you interested in finding out more information about the clinic? Please read more about us, check out the legal services provided and learn the details of client selection. 

    Clinic Brochure

CEDC client form

Potential Clients

All potential clients who wish to apply for representation are required to fill out an application form. 

Client Application Form


Clinic Details

  • Student Information & FAQs

    Fall 2019
    Spring 2020 (YEAR LONG CLINIC) Professor Patience Crowder

    The Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic is a transactional (non-litigation) clinic designed to assist communities within the Denver metropolitan area by providing free transactional legal services to nonprofit corporations, small businesses, artists, and other community-based enterprises. CED is the practice of working with community-based organizations seeking to improve their economic and social conditions through projects that are supported and led by community members. The CED Clinic supports these efforts by counseling and advising organizational clients and small business owners about business law and community development issues.

    What are the benefits of taking this clinic?

    Students will learn transactional practice skills that are transferable to all types of transactional practice, including client counseling, drafting, research and planning, project management, advocacy, and understanding group dynamics. Client work may include drafting corporate formation documents; assisting nonprofit organizations with applications for recognition of tax exemption and maintenance of tax-exempt status; drafting contracts; acting as general counsel to nonprofit corporations and small businesses; working with federal, state, and local government agencies; and assisting with community-based revitalization efforts and other economic development projects. In addition, students may research issues related to public policies that affect clinic clients and provide community education workshops on substantive law issues.

    Are there any prerequisites?

    Legal Profession is a pre- or co-requisite

    Are classes required?

    Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM. In addition, students must attend the mandatory Fall 2019 orientation that will occur on the Thursday and Friday preceding the first day of classes.

    How many credits will I receive?

    Students must enroll for a full academic year and will earn a total of 12 credits, 6 per semester. Students must participate in the classroom component and conduct client work during both semesters. Half the credits count as in-class credits; half count as out-of-class credits.

    What kind of time commitment is involved?

    The CED Clinic requires a substantial time commitment. Students should plan to spend an average of 20 hours per week participating in the class seminar and working on client matters with the expectation that some client work will require attendance at meetings that occur in the evening or during the weekend. For these reasons and to avoid potential conflicts of interest, students are generally not permitted to enroll in an externship, any other experiential advantage courses, or work while enrolled in the CED Clinic.

    Where can I get more information?

    Clinical Programs Student Panel - Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Room 190)
    Clinical Programs Recruitment Fair for Fall 2019 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 11:00-1:00 p.m. (Law Forum)
    Clinical Programs Faculty Info Session - Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Room 190)

    How and when do I apply or register? Online Application Dates - Monday, March 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. until Sunday, March 24, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Applications for the 2019-2020 year will be available at Late applications will not be considered.

    Laurie Saraceno, the Administrative Director, will register accepted students before the beginning of the fall semester.

  • Potential Client Forms

    Potential clients must submit a Request for Legal Services Form.

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Key Faculty


Patience Crowder

Associate Professor

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