Renee Hatcher is a human rights and community development lawyer. She is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the newly named Community Enterprise and Solidarity Economy Law Clinic at The John Marshall Law School- Chicago, a pro bono legal clinic that provides free legal support to community-based businesses, non-profits, cooperatives, and other solidarity economy enterprises. Her work and research focus on legal and non-legal strategies to build power and create equitable development practices and healthy neighborhoods in predominantly Black, low-income communities. Prior to joining John Marshall Law School, Hatcher taught in the Community Development Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law and served a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Texas-Austin's Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Previously, Professor Hatcher served as a staff attorney and project director for the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLC), where she directed a community development law project providing legal services to entrepreneurs, community-based organizations, and individuals interested in expunging their criminal history to create better opportunities for local marginalized communities. She’s written on topics related to the systematic economic violence of Black life, the connection between gentrification, displacement, and school closings, and Black economic solidarity in education.
Renee currently serves as the national co-chair for the US Human Rights Network Working Group on Equality and Nondiscrimination, co-chair of the AALS Clinicians of Color Subcommittee, and a member of Law for Black Lives.