About Renee Hatcher
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Renee Hatcher is a human rights and community development lawyer. She is the Director of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at The John Marshall Law School- Chicago. Prior to joining John Marshall Law School, Hatcher taught in the Community Development Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law as a Clinical Teaching Fellow and served a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Texas-Austin's Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Previously, Professor Hatcher served as a staff attorney and 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 marginalized communities. During her time at CLC, Hatcher also served as lead counsel on community benefit agreement campaigns and matters of regional equity, and represented individuals in matters of employment discrimination and prisoners' rights in the U.S. Northern District Court of Illinois.
Hatcher is a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association, the National Lawyers’ Guild, and the National Conference of Black Lawyers. 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 focuses on legal and non-legal strategies to build power and create equitable development practices in predominantly Black, low-income communities, focusing on economic, social and cultural rights.
Recent Works (2)
Building Community, Still Thirsty for Justice: Supporting Community Development Efforts ...
Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (2016)
Baltimore is a city of many challenges, but it possesses true community-based strength. The city’s residents and community organizations are ...