Community Development Clinic

This clinic began in 2005 as a means to provide free legal assistance to individuals and non-profit or community organizations seeking to improve the economic, cultural, social, or environmental well-being of disadvantaged or underserved communities. Under the direction of Professor Nicole Self-Drake Hughes, students provide legal advice or representation (as well as assisting private attorneys providing similar pro bono assistance) on matters such as entity formation (e.g., articles of incorporation, bylaws), tax exempt status, leases and contracts, public participation rights (e.g., public records and open meetings), improving local and state laws and regulations, licensing requirements, and zoning and land use.

Organization Name: Community Development Law Clinic-The University of Alabama School of Law

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 870392, Tuscaloosa 35487-0392

Physical Address: The University of Alabama School of Law, 101 Paul Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa 35401

Phone number: (205) 348-6293

Are you a non-profit? Yes

Do you accept donations? Yes, through the University of Alabama Law School Foundation

Are donations tax-deductible? Yes

Do you provide direct client services? Yes

Brief description of services provided: The Community Development Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to individuals and organizations seeking to improve the economic, cultural, social and environmental conditions of underserved or disadvantaged communities in Alabama.

How do clients qualify for your services? By contacting the clinic at (205) 348-6293 or nhughes@law.ua.edu.

Program description: The University of Alabama School of Law’s Community Development Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to individuals and organizations seeking to improve the economic, cultural, social and environmental conditions of underserved or disadvantaged communities. Through its student attorneys, the Community Development Law Clinic provides legal assistance on matters such as: entity formation (e.g., articles of incorporation, bylaws); tax-exempt status; leases and contracts for goods and services; housing and land use; local and state licensing and other regulatory requirements; improving local and state laws and regulations; and public participation rights.

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