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Alvarez, Alicia

Clinical Professor of Law
Community and Economic Development Clinic

3136 Jeffries Hall

Professor Alicia Alvarez is a clinical professor of law and director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic, where she specializes in issues affecting nonprofit and community-based organizations and social enterprises. Her area of interest is economic justice. She also has taught in the Michigan Clinical Law Program, where she focused on employment law. Prior to teaching at the Law School, Professor Alvarez founded and directed the Community Development Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. She also taught in the Asylum and Immigration Clinic and the Civil Litigation Clinic. Professor Alvarez has been a visiting professor at the University of Valencia and at Boston College Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of El Salvador. She has consulted with clinics throughout Latin America. In 2016, Professor Alvarez was elected to serve a three-year term on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). From 2012 to 2014, she served on the executive committee of the AALS's Section on Clinical Legal Education. She served on the AALS Membership Review Committee from 2012 through 2014 and chaired the committee in 2013 and 2014. Professor Alvarez is the co-author (with Paul R. Tremblay) of Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice (West, 2013). Before teaching she was a staff attorney at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. Professor Alvarez received her BA, magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago and her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School.

Recent Publications

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Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice. 2nd ed. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West, Forthcoming.

"The Wild, Wild Midwest." J. Affordable Housing & Community Dev. L. 26, no. 1 (2017): 43-9.
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"Teaching and Practicing Community Development Poverty Law: Lawyers and Clients as Trusted Neighborhood Problem Solvers." S. Bennett, L. Howells, and H. Lieberman, co-authors. Clinical L. Rev. 23, no. 2 (2017): 577-610.
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Teacher's Manual to Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice. P. Tremblay, co-author. St. Paul, Minn.: West, 2017.

"Lawyers, Organizers, and Workers: Collaboration and Conflict in Worker Cooperative Development." Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol'y 24, no. 3 (2017): 353-80.
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Presenter, "The Role of Clinical Conferences: Developing Content and Methods While Shaping our Culture," Critical Issues in the Development of Clinical Education, American University Washington College of Law, October 12, 2018.

Presenter, "Shifting Power Through Transformative Lawyering in Community Economic Development," Clinical Legal Education Association Webinar, September 26, 2018.

Concurrent presenter, "Practice in Transactional Clinics: Representing Out of State Clients," 2018 Transactional Clinical Conference, Chicago, April 28, 2018.

Plenary presenter, "Client Relationships in Periods of Significant Legal and Political Change: Flexible Pedagogy to Maximize Skills Transfer," Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Denver, May 8, 2017.

Participant, "Community Development Law and Economic Justice—Why Law Matters," Discussion Group, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 4, 2017.

Participant, Lawyers and Social Movement: Reimagining Theory and Practice symposium, Georgetown University Law Center, October 28, 2016.

Presenter, Concurrent Session, "Client-Centeredness Applied to Community Group Representation," Association of American Law Schools, Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2, 2016.​

Presenter, "Teaching and Practicing Community Development Poverty Law," Community Economic Development Panel, Rebellious Lawyering at 25, Clinical Law Review Symposium, Baltimore, Maryland, May 1, 2016.​

Moderator, "Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees to Michigan: The Real Story," Building Michigan Communities Conference, Lansing, Michigan, April 25, 2016.​

Presenter, "Clinical Legal Education," "The Client as the Center of the Lawyer's Work," and "The Clinic as Commitment to Society," Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Saltillo, Mexico, March 2–4, 2016.​