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About Renee Hatcher

Director, Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic, J115
312.427.2737 Ext. 829
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Renee Hatcher is a human rights and community development lawyer. She is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic (CESEC) at UIC John Marshall Law School- Chicago. CESEC provides legal support to solidarity economy initiatives and community enterprises that are seeking to transform the local, national, and global economy. Prior to joining UIC, Hatcher taught and worked in Baltimore at the University of Baltimore School of Law and served a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Texas-Austin's Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis.
Professor Hatcher started her career as a staff attorney and then project director for the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLC), where she directed a community development law project providing legal services to entrepreneurs, community-based organizations, and individuals interested in expunging their criminal history to create better opportunities for local Black and Latinx communities. During her time at CLC, Hatcher also served as lead counsel on community benefit agreement campaigns and matters of regional and racial equity, and represented individuals in matters of employment discrimination and prisoners' rights in the U.S. Northern District Court of Illinois.
Hatcher currently serves as a board member for the New Economy Coalition, a member of the leadership team of Resist, Reimagine, and Rebuild (R3), and a member of the Law for Black Lives Clinic Cohort Development Team. She received her law degree from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University- Bloomington. Her work and research focus on solidarity economy theory/practice and the law.


Present Assistant Professor of Law, UIC School of Law
Present Director, Business Enterprise Law Clinic, UIC School of Law

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UIC John Marshall Law School
The University of Illinois at Chicago
300 S. State Street, MC 300
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Ext. 829
Suite J105


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