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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. From 2012 to 2014, she served on the executive committee of the Section on Clinical Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). 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.


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​"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.


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.​

Co-taught Seminar on Clinical Legal Education, Master of Law, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, June 10, 2014. ​

Co-facilitator, Working Group on Clinic Design, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, April 28-30, 2014.​

Presenter, AALS Site Evaluators Workshop, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York, Jan. 3, 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.

Gave a presentation on clinical legal education to faculty and administrators of the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, May 28, 2013.

Presented "Lawyering Abilities and Clinical Legal Education" to students and faculty of the University of Valencia Legal Clinic, Valencia, Spain, May 16, 2013.

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

Taught a Poverty and Law seminar for the Master of Law in Human Rights, Democracy, and International Justice program, University of Valencia, Spain, April 25, 2013.

Presented a roundtable discussion on "Economic Injustice and Momentary Unrest: (How) Do Time, Space, Identity, and Law Delimit the Maximum Concessions Possible?", the Law and Society Association's annual meeting, Honolulu, June 2012.

Plenary presenter, "Social Justice Redux: A Re-examination of the Meaning of Social Justice Work in Clinical Legal Education," Southern Clinical Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 16, 2012.

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