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 has also taught in the Michigan Clinical Law Program, focusing on employment law. Prior to coming to Michigan, she founded and taught the Community Development Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. She has also taught as a visiting professor at Boston College Law School. Professor 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. She serves on the Board of Directors of Vanguard Community Development Corporation. 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. Professor Alvarez received her B.A., magna cum laude
, from Loyola University of Chicago, and her JD, cum laude
, from Boston College Law School.
Brenda L. Parks, Clinic Administrator
Brenda has been with the Community and Economic Development Clinic 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.