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The Articles in this symposium and the experiences they report show that, for lawyers, Community Economic Development (CED) has become a more expansive and more complex subject than it was when we discovered it two decades or so ago.

The Articles and the experiences are particularly revealing about what I would guess have been the two central preoccupations of lawyers in the field. The first, of course, is what we mean by community, and more specifically, how a community can become – or be regarded as – a legal and political actor. The second concerns lawyer accountability. Progressive lawyers have long been preoccupied with accountability to their disadvantaged clients – too much, I sometimes think – but the concern seems particularly pressing where lawyers represent groups. CED is the newest and in some respects most mysterious form of group representation.


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