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Recent articles featuring the Clinic's clients:

Allied Media Projects is awarded Detroit Knight Arts Challenge grant. 

Soulardarity works to solve Highland Park's public lighting problem.  

Popps Packing is a driving force in Hamtramck's creative community. 

A New York Times article on food cooperatives discusses the proposed food cooperatives in Detroit, a project the Clinic is working on.

The Detroit Free Press reports on a new community court, the first of its kind in Michigan, to be housed in the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center, a client of the Clinic.

The Metrotimes profiles James Beard Foundation Leadership Winner Malik Yakini, Executive Director of Clinic client, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

In the New York Times, Mark Bittman interviews Malik Yakini from the the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

Model D reports on COLORS restaurant, opened by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-U).

A Democracy NOW! video interview on urban agriculture in Detroit features an interview with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

Sarah Schindler, Associate Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law  

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from noon to 1 pm in Hutchins Hall 120, Professor Schindler will discuss one of her latest articles, "Architectural Exclusion" (Yale Law Journal, April 2015), which challenges people to think about the ways that the planning and design of physical structures, such as bridges, walls, fences, highways, and streets, facilitate discrimination and segregation of groups of people, particularly poor people and people of color.

The CEDC hosted the Return of the American City, Redeeming the American Dream symposium on March 11, 2016. Visit the symposium website to view videos from the event .

Richard Baron, of McCormack, Baron & Salazar, spoke on "The Role of the Private Sector as Social Entrepreneurs." MBS is the nation's leading for-profit developer, manager and asset manager of economically integrated neighborhoods, and an innovator in community development and urban revitalization. After graduting from MLaw, Richard Baron was a legal aid lawyer representing public housing tenants in St. Louis.

New Frameworks and Forms of Exchange: Building a Career for the New Economy, Janelle Orsi of the Sustainable Economies Law Center and author of "Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprises and Local Sustainable Economies, and Amanda Edmonds of Growing Hope, joined the Community and Economic Development Clinic on April 9, 2015.


Sandra Svoboda, the bankruptcy reporter and blogger with WDET (Detroit's public radio station) led a discussion of the Detroit bankrutpcy with the Community and Economic Development Clinic class and the law school community on November 13, 2014.

Zingerman's Community of Businesses: A discussion on their unique business philosophy, structure and plans for the future
On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the Community and Economic Development Clinic opened its classroom to the Law School community for a discussion with Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.

Low-Wage Workers' Rights Panel
On February 27, 2013, a law school panel discussing low-wage workers' rights in Michigan and beyond was moderator by Visiting Professor Gowri Krishna. Panelists included Minsu Longiaru of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan, Amy Tilchen of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, and Rick McHugh of the National Employment Law Project.  The event was co-sponsored by the Poverty Law Society, PBAP, ACLU, and MILLA.

Worker Cooperatives: Rethinking Corporate Structures in a Changing Economy
On November 1, 2012, the Clinic sponsored a lunch talk discussing worker cooperatives, businesses owned and managed by their workers. Guest speakers included Vanessa Bransburg, Cooperative Coordinator from the Center for Family Life in Brooklyn, New York, and Roy Messing, Interim Director of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center in Kent, Ohio. The panel was moderated by Prof. Gowri Krishna.

Life as a Transactional Lawyer
September 18, 2012, a Coffee Talk with Vic Sears, Associate at Foley & Lardner LLP and former Community and Economic Development Clinic student.

Michigan Foreclosure Crisis: Challenges and Solutions
March 13, 2012, a panel discussion exploring the origins of the crisis, unique challenges in Michigan, and possible legal and community-based solutions.  Moderated by Prof. Alvarez; co-sponsored by the Community and Economic Development Clinic, the National Lawyer's Guild, Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and Real Estate Law Society.

Land Use, Urban Agriculture, & Food Justice 
March 21, 2012, a panel discussion exploring innovations in land use policy, urban agriculture, and community food security in Detroit with Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Prof. John Mogk of Wayne State Law School. Moderated by Prof. Alvarez; co-sponsored by the Community and Economic Development Clinic.


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