Law clinics improve community life, serve as teaching tool, Pt. 2

Community Development Clinic

The Community Development Clinic usually is present at the dawn of an individual’s or group’s idea. The clinic provides counsel and legal services to small-business owners and local nonprofit organizations.

“We have many happy former clients that otherwise would have gone unrepresented due to the high cost of legal services,” said Shahrzad Emami, an attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., and a supervisor at the clinic.

Among them is Phillip Church, a professor of theatre at FIU, who this year sought the clinic’s assistance in forming the nonprofit What If Works Productions, an organization that offers recent theatre, film and music graduates a bridge from an academic environment to the professional world.

“I think these clinics, and the Community Development Clinic, in particular, are a wonderful resource for South Florida residents,” he said. “I am extremely grateful for all that was done to help the What If Works enterprise. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the clinic.”