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Community and Economic Development Law Clinic

Who We Are

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, and social enterprises 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. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. Prof. Alvarez received her BA, magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago, and her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School.

Kelly Pfeifer, Clinical Fellow

Kelly Pfeifer's area of interest is equitable development. She focuses her practice in the CEDC on providing transactional legal services to neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small businesses in the city of Detroit. Prior to joining the CEDC, Professor Pfeifer was Supervising Attorney at Community Law Center, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland, where she counseled nonprofit organizations in a variety of matters including entity choice and formation, tax exemption applications and compliance, contracts, community benefits agreements, and land use matters. She received her BS from Purdue University and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she obtained a certificate in environmental law and was a student attorney in the Community Development Legal Theory and Practice course.

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