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COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


Prof. Brian Glick
Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Community Economic Development Clinic
Above: Brian Glick Talks About Navigating the Political Economy of Urban Redevelopment




Following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Clinic worked with displaced restaurant workers from Windows on the World to form Colors, a worker-owned restaurant as pictured above. For more information and video, click here.


 

 

Prof. Brian Glick
Clinical Associate Professor of Law,
Community Economic Development Clinic

FORDHAM'S COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CLINIC REPRESENTS GROUPS FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES AND LOW-WAGE WORKFORCES. As general counsel, the Clinic helps to sustain effective organizations and build institutions -- childcare centers, health clinics, workers centers, co-ops-- that empower participants while providing desperately needed services and opportunities. It supports local efforts to shape development, limit gentrification and win community benefits agreements. It helps small grassroots groups to incorporate, write bylaws and obtain tax exemption.

You will learn basic skills of transactional business lawyering in a nonprofit social justice setting. You take charge of work for non-profit start-ups and join teams with faculty and outside counsel on more complex projects.  You meet with clients and present to their members.  You interview, counsel, negotiate, advocate, mediate, facilitate, and organize. You write legal documents, policy papers and community legal educational materials. You learn to collaborate with each other and with clients, community activists, and other lawyers.

The Clinic helps its graduates get public interest jobs and fellowships or do pro bono work at law firms. Some return to co-counsel Clinic projects and teach Clinic classes. Three now teach similar clinics at other law schools.

The Clinic represents a number of national and local organizations of low-wage workers including domestic workers, restaurant workers and taxi drivers. We help these worker centers to:
  • Win and maintain federal income tax exemption
  • Design, implement and adapt innovative governance structures
  • Develop and operate social enterprises
  • Comply with federal, state and local filing and registration requirements
  • Draft, negotiate, interpret and enforce commercial leases and contracts
  • Develop and implement fair, effective employment policies  

In other recent projects Clinic students have:

  • Represented, with co-counsel, a group of immigrant small auto shop owners who are being displaced by a major city-backed project in forming a cooperative and in negotiating with the city, a major real estate developer and lenders to jointly purchase a new site for their businesses;
  • Helped Latina-run cooperative housecleaning, child care and elder care businesses in Sunset Park, Brooklyn to incorporate, develop internal governance structures and explore new business ventures;
  • Advised a farm share program serving the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan on how to extend ownership to low-income farm share purchasers.