Community Economic Development Law: A Text for Engaged Learning

Carolina Press (2012)

Posted: 4 Aug 2014

See all articles by Susan D. Bennett

Susan D. Bennett

American University, Washington College of Law

Brenda Bratton Blom

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Louise A. Howells

University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law

Deborah S. Kenn

Syracuse University College of Law

Date Written: July 31, 2014

Abstract

Community Economic Development Law: A Text for Engaged Learning provides a flexible set of materials that faculty can customize to meet the goals of the stand-alone community development class, or the pedagogical needs of community development law clinics. The text enables students to approach the substantive material as would problem-solving, community-based practitioners. Students assume the roles of advisors and advocates for the families, teachers, clergy, bankers, entrepreneurs, non-profits, public institutions, and activists of Milkweed Park, a prototypical struggling municipality.

The book intersperses overviews of substantive areas that are commonly encountered in community development advocacy with exercises and problems presented by the clients from Milkweed Park. Those areas include entity formation, economic development finance, housing, land use and the emerging field of community justice. The exercises use the substantive law to highlight skills that community development lawyers need to address their clients’ problems and projects, as a basis for in-class discussion and/or preparation for client representation.

Keywords: legal education, community development

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Susan D. and Bratton Blom, Brenda and Howells, Louise A. and Kenn, Deborah S., Community Economic Development Law: A Text for Engaged Learning (July 31, 2014). Carolina Press (2012), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2474775

Susan D. Bennett (Contact Author)

American University, Washington College of Law ( email )

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Washington, DC 20016
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Brenda Bratton Blom

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States

Louise A. Howells

University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law ( email )

4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20003
United States

Deborah S. Kenn

Syracuse University College of Law ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
United States

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