About the Clinic

Small Business and Community in a Time of Crisis builds off work that students in the Community and Economic Development Clinic took on beginning in April 2020 to provide information and resources to New Haven area small businesses and non-profits struggling with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clients include the smallest of small businesses, independent contractors, and non-profit organizations. Students also work with community organizations seeking to ensure that disaster relief and other economic development programs meet the needs of low-income communities and communities of color.

Students advise clients on regulations governing small business relief programs and unemployment assistance; negotiate leases; research and develop policy guidance; and may draft and advocate for legislation. In addition, students engage in policy analysis and development related to disaster relief and preparedness, with a specific focus on challenges facing small businesses and low-income communities.

The Clinic is directed by Clinical Professor Anika Singh Lemar.

The clinics at YLS offer students incomparable experiences in representation of poor and marginalized individuals and communities, real-world engagement in complex fields of law, and the development of strategic judgment critical to effective lawyering.”

Professor Muneer Ahmad

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education