Community Economic Development Law: A Text for Engaged Learning
Carolina Press (2012)
Posted: 4 Aug 2014
Date Written: July 31, 2014
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
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