Faculty and Staff
Alicia Alvarez, Director and Clinical Professor of Law
Alicia Alvarez's area of interest is economic justice. She concentrates her practice in the CEDC on community and nonprofit organizations in Detroit and the metro area. She also has taught in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic, focusing on employment law. Prior to coming to Michigan, she founded and taught the Community Development Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. She also has taught as a visiting professor at Boston College Law School. Prof. Alvarez was a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador and was a visiting professor at the University of El Salvador. She has consulted with clinics throughout Latin America. Before teaching, she was a staff attorney at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, concentrating on housing advocacy work in the Latino communities of Chicago, and at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, working primarily on housing, family, consumer, and employment matters. Prof. Alvarez received her BA, magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago, and her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School.
Anne Choike, Clinical Fellow
Anne Choike's area of interest is creative and socially just economic development. Artists, makers, and arts- and other creative-driven enterprises in or impacting Detroit and underserved communities are the focus of her practice. Prior to joining the CEDC, she practiced in the New York offices of Jenner & Block LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Her private practice experience includes a broad range of corporate transactions primarily in the media, entertainment, energy, and private equity industries, as well as significant pro bono service to organizations promoting the arts and sustainable cities. She also worked as a summer associate at the Chicago intellectual property law firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP. Prior to attending law school, she interned in the Detroit office of Lewis & Munday PC and worked at General Motors. Prof. Choike earned her juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and her master of urban planning from the University of Michigan Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prof. Choike is a graduate of Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, where she was a Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar and a Woods Fellow. She also studied and researched at Uniwersytet Jagielloński in Kraków, Poland, as a Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholar.
Brenda L. Parks, Clinic Administrator
Brenda has been with the CEDC since 2002. Prior to the Law School, she was the site manager for the Detroit and Pittsburgh offices of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and the human resources manager for A. G. Simpson, USA.