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Setting Up a Community Economic Development Practice at a Legal Aid Program

By Jeffrey Segal

Although there is no single model for setting up a community economic development (CED) practice at a legal aid program, such programs may find following certain key steps helpful in setting up their practice. These include making a work plan, identifying community needs, defining the work, obtaining resources, training staff, identifying pro bono attorneys and law school clinics, locating community partners, getting the word out about its CED services, and finding clients.

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