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DU’s First Community Economic Development Class Tours Denver Neighborhoods


DENVER–A new University of Denver legal clinic focused on community development took its first tour on Friday of area businesses in Denver’s Five Points and Santa Fe Art District neighborhoods.

About 10 2L and 3L students are participating in the first class of DU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic, led by assistant professor Patience Crowder and Whiting Clinical Fellow Eric Franklin. While participating in the clinic, students will provide transactional legal services to area nonprofits and small businesses. Clients will be chosen near the start of the school year, and students will represent them both individually and as teams.

Crowder started similar clinics at other law schools, including one at the University of Tulsa College of Law. There, students worked with range of small businesses with a general focus on those owned by women and minorities .

“The goal is to offer up a clinic that would offer transactional legal services and act as a community service provider,” she said.