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Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC)


The Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) provides legal, research, technical, and policy assistance to organizations and groups engaged in a variety of community and economic development efforts in Southeast Michigan.

The CEDC offers transactional assistance to new and established organizations in a variety of subject matters that affect them; technical assistance and capacity-building to groups related to their formation and operation as nonprofit organizations; and research on issues of importance to the organizations. The Clinic operates as counsel and advocate in a variety of settings and offers community organizations and nonprofits a range of legal resources including advice and representation such as organizing nonprofit corporations; drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts and other agreements; tax; government relations; employment; real estate and land use; and intellectual property.

The Clinic seeks to sustain effective organizations and build institutions that provide needed services and opportunities in under-served urban communities and contribute to the economic development of the region.

Contact Information

Alicia Alvarez

Clinical Professor of Law and Director
University of Michigan Law School
701 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 615-8765
E-mail: aalvar@umich.edu

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Sponsoring Department(s)

No Sponsoring Department

Program Available to these Counties

Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne

Program Available to these Cities

Detroit, Pontiac, Ypsilanti

Subject Area(s)

Community Assistance, Law & Public Policy