Community Equity & Development Clinic, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Legal Clinic aids planning and start-up for cooperative businesses, social benefit corporations, and not-for profits by/for urban community residents.


The Community Equity & Development Legal Clinic is a program at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in downtown Baltimore. Faculty supervise student attorneys who provide legal services to emerging, start-up, new, and some ongoing community-based, community serving social enterprises, not-for- profits, and groups interested to form/forming worker-owned cooperative businesses, community land trusts, community development corporations, and community-managed services. Legal services are free for income-qualifying individuals; although clients bear their own incorporation and other fees required by government entities.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City

Legal Services

  • Lease Review
  • Contract Review
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Organizational Audits


  • One-on-One Counseling
Contact Information
Barbara Bezdek
500 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201