The Community Enterprise Project (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019) is a by-application division of the Transactional Law Clinics in which students engage in transactional legal representation through a community lawyering model. CEP students work with community organizations to identify organizational and community legal needs and develop comprehensive strategies to address those needs while gaining valuable, real-world transactional law experience.
In Fall 2018, CEP students will represent worker cooperatives, nonprofits, and small businesses in the Greater Boston area on various transactional legal matters. CEP students will also work with community groups and city/state officials on advocacy projects focused on one or both of the following:
- Cannabis Equity Toolkit: this year, MA enacted the country’s first statewide cannabis “equity” program, giving preferential treatment to people who have been disproportionally affected by prior drug laws (particularly those in the Black and Brown communities). CEP students will create a legal toolkit (and conduct workshops in the community) that provides guidance on the licensing and permitting requirements in the City of Boston.
- Worker Coops: the popularity of worker coops has exploded in recent years with the rise of the solidarity economy movement and anti-capitalist sentiment. CEP students, through discussion with organizers, existing coops and others, will explore ways in which legal services can be better streamlined with technical/business assistance and community organizing.
To apply to CEP, please submit a statement of interest (no more than 200 words) and resume.
Please note that CEP students must commit to spending at least half of their clinical hours on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School in Jamaica Plain.
If accepted, students will register for 4 or 5 clinical credits through the Transactional Law Clinics and 2 course credits for the associated clinical seminar. Continuing TLC students may take CEP for 2 or 3 clinical credits and do not need to register in the associated clinical seminar.
Questions may be directed to Carlos Teuscher at firstname.lastname@example.org.