Community and Economic Development Clinic
The Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) is dedicated to promoting vibrant, diverse and sustainable communities by providing transactional legal services to nonprofit and community-based organizations. The Clinic was founded in 1991 and was most recently known as the Urban Communities Clinic. The Clinic provides legal, research, technical, and policy assistance to organizations and groups engaged in a variety of community and economic development efforts in Southeast Michigan.
Our current work involves transactional assistance to new and established organizations in a range of subject matters that affect them; technical assistance and capacity-building to groups related to their formation and operation as nonprofit organizations; and research on issues of importance to the organizations. The Clinic seeks to sustain effective organizations and build institutions that provide needed services and opportunities in under-served urban communities and contribute to the economic development of the region.
Our clients work with second- and third-year law students under the close supervision of faculty members who are licensed Michigan attorneys with significant transactional experience.
Watch a video about the CEDC and our work.