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Alvarez, Alicia

Clinical Professor of Law
Community and Economic Development Clinic

3136 South Hall

Professor Alicia Alvarez is a clinical professor of law and director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic, where she specializes in issues affecting nonprofit and community-based organizations. Her area of interest is economic justice. She also has taught in the Michigan Clinical Law Program, where she focused on employment law. Prior to teaching at the Law School, Professor Alvarez founded and directed the Community Development Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. She also taught in the Asylum and Immigration Clinic and the Civil Litigation Clinic. Professor Alvarez has been a visiting professor at the University of Valencia and at Boston College Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of El Salvador. She has consulted with clinics throughout Latin America. In 2016, Professor Alvarez was elected to serve a three-year term on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). From 2012 to 2014, she served on the executive committee of the AALS's Section on Clinical Legal Education. She served on the AALS Membership Review Committee from 2012 to 2014 and chaired the committee from 2013 to 2014. Professor Alvarez is the coauthor (with Paul R. Tremblay) of Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice (West, 2013). Before teaching she was a staff attorney at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. Professor Alvarez received her BA, magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago and her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School.

Recent Publications

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Co-author. Teacher's Manual to Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice. P. Tremblay, co-author. St. Paul, MN: West, Forthcoming 2016.

Co-author. "Teaching and Practicing Community Development Poverty Law: The Law Office as Trusted Neighborhood Problem Solver." Clinical L. Rev. (Forthcoming).

​"One Community Economic Development Clinic's Seminar and the Challenges in Connecting the Work of the Clinic to the Work of the Client." In Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy, edited by S. Bryant, E. S. Milstein, and A. C. Shalleck, 99-106. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2014.​​

Co-author. Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice, St. Paul, Minn. P. R. Tremblay, co-author.  American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West Group, 2013.


Presenter, Concurrent Session, "Client-Centeredness Applied to Community Group Representation," Association of American Law Schools, Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2, 2016.​

Presenter, "Teaching and Practicing Community Development Poverty Law," Community Economic Development Panel, Rebellious Lawyering at 25, Clinical Law Review Symposium, Baltimore, Maryland, May 1, 2016.​

Workshop presenter, "(Re)Designing a Clinic Using Backwards Design," Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Baltimore, Maryland, May 1–3, 2016; Rancho Mirage, California, May 4–7, 2015; Chicago, Illinois, April 27–30, 2014. ​
Moderator, "Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees to Michigan: The Real Story," Building Michigan Communities Conference, Lansing, Michigan, April 25, 2016.​

Presenter, "Clinical Legal Education," "The Client as the Center of the Lawyer's Work," and "The Clinic as Commitment to Society," Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Saltillo, Mexico, March 2–4, 2016.​

Presenter, "Legal Support for an Equitable Food System," Fast Food for Thought, University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, Oct. 27, 2015. ​

Presenter, "Emerging New Clinical Education Projects: Sharing Stories and Developing Practices Together" and "Access to Housing and Land: Three Methodologies from Three Different Clinics," Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference, Eskişehir, Turkey, July 22–25, 2015.​

Plenary presenter, Clinical Legal Education and Public Interest, The Lawyer of the 21st Century: Transformations in Teaching and the Practice of Law, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, June 12, 2014.​

Plenary presenter, "Austerity and Law Schools: Strategies to Prevent the Dismantling of Progressive Gains," LatCrit Conference, Chicago, Oct. 5, 2013.

Panelist, "Legal Clinics as Transformative Components in the Learning Process: Teaching-Learning Methods and Legal Clinic Models," Fifth National Spanish Conference on Legal Education, Valencia, Spain, Sept. 13, 2013.

Plenary presenter, "The Changing Face of Clinical Legal Education: Models, Pedagogies, and Opportunities for Transfer," Clinical Conference of the Association of American Law Schools, Puerto Rico, April 29, 2013.