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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.

Dustin Marlan, Clinical Fellow

Dustin MarlanDustin Marlan's area of interest is social entrepreneurship. He focuses his practice on providing transactional legal services to entrepreneurs and neighborhood-based small businesses in the city of Detroit. Prior to joining the CEDC, Prof. Marlan was an associate in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, where he counseled startups and nonprofit organizations in matters including trademarks, copyrights, advertising, and intellectual property and technology licensing and transactions. He previously worked as an associate at K&L Gates LLP, and, before attending law school, as a trademark paralegal at Finnegan LLP. Prof. Marlan has published on issues relating to intellectual property rights and constitutional law. He earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Prof. Marlan was a senior editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law, a senior advocate for the Employment Advocacy Project (EAP), and a member of the Legislative Clinic, during which he served as a legislative intern to U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. He received his BA from Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied political science and psychology.


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