Hofstra Law

Community and Economic Development Clinic

Professor Michael Haber, Attorney-in-Charge
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Students

Community-based organizations often require the kinds of sophisticated legal assistance that corporate lawyers provide to large companies, but they rarely have the resources to afford private representation. Even when such clients find a pro bono attorney, that lawyer may be unfamiliar with the issues and priorities that matter most to these kinds of clients.

Students in the Community & Economic Development Clinic use the tools of corporate and transactional law to represent non-profits, social movement groups, and cooperatives, social enterprises, and other small businesses, with a preference for clients that contribute to racial and economic justice. Students in the clinic learn to provide high-quality, ethical transactional representation and how to understand the needs and priorities of real-world clients doing vital work.

Our clients include new entities requiring start-up assistance (like choosing a corporate entity, drafting by-laws, and filing for tax exemption) and established groups that need help in connection with more complex issues (including issues related to commercial transactions, corporate compliance, corporate finance, employment law, real estate, and more).