About Alicia Alvarez
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Alicia Alvarez’s areas of expertise are clinical legal education and community economic development. Prior to joining UIC in 2019, she was a Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Community & Economic Development Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School where she represented nonprofit and community organizations, and social enterprises in Detroit. She also taught in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic at Michigan Law, focusing on employment law. Prior to Michigan, Professor Alvarez taught in the Community Development Clinic, Asylum & Immigration Clinic, and Civil Litigation Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. She 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. From 2016-2019, she served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She also served on the AALS Membership Review Committee from 2012 through 2014, and chaired the committee in 2013 and 2014. Before teaching, she was a staff attorney at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest and Legal Aid Chicago (then the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago). Professor Alvarez received her BA, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago, and her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School.
Community Development Clinics: What Does Poverty Have To Do With Them? Fordham Urban Law Journal (2007)
This Essay argues that in a legal community development clinic, professors should "do more than teach students to be good transactional lawyers." Legal clinic professors should "focus their efforts on the elimination and reduction of ...
Teaching and Practicing Community Development Poverty Law: Avoiding “Regnant,” Building “Asset-Based” 39th Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Conference, Clinics and Communities: Exploring Community Engagement Through Clinical Education (2016)
Clinical Law Review Symposium: Rebellious Lawyering at 25, On Community Economic Development
(Re-)Designing a Clinic Using Backwards Design 38th Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Leading the New Normal: Clinical Education at the Forefront of Change (2015)
May 5-6, 2015This workshop is a four-part, interactive program that covers the beginning phases of developing a new clinic or revising an existing one. During the workshop, participants will use backwards design, an approach to ...