Class meets for 4 hours each week. Seminar sessions involve discussions of assigned readings and “rounds” discussions of fieldwork projects. Topics include the historical and institutional context of the Tenderloin and nearby neighborhoods, the history and politics of San Francisco development, key local and state legislation shaping community economic development, and the role of lawyers in CED work. Students write an analytical paper comparing the transformation of a low-income Boston neighborhood to historic and current efforts in San Francisco to protect and revitalize the Tenderloin, Mid-Market, and other low-income neighborhoods. Students interview a local Tenderloin resident, business, service provider, or other stakeholder and add the interview to the Clinic’s ongoing “Tenderloin Chronicles.” Students also closely monitor local political and economic developments, attending community meetings and sharing information on the Clinic’s internal blog.
In the CED Clinic, students provide legal counsel to neighborhood-based groups, citywide advocacy organizations, and local political officials on a broad range of community development, land use, and policy issues impacting the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and other low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in San Francisco. Projects vary, but typically involve advocacy, counsel, and factual development related to proposed land use developments, to ensuring that Tenderloin and Mid-Market residents benefit from new economic initiatives, and to participating in City and State policymaking around development issues. The Clinic focuses on the intersection of law, policy, and politics and reveals the full complexity and institutional infrastructure of the Tenderloin and Mid-Market community.
Who Might Be Interested?
- Students interested in the growing unaffordability of San Francisco and efforts to forestall the displacement of low- and moderate-income households, small businesses, and non-profits from the City
- Students curious about efforts to revitalize the Tenderloin, Mid-Market, and South of Market neighborhoods and interested in working collaboratively with members of those communities
- Students interested in local government and politics, economic development, land use, and/or affordable housing