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.
William H. Simon,
Lawyers and Community Economic Development,
Cal. L. Rev.
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