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. Prior to joining John Marshall Law School, Renee 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, Renee 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.
Renee currently serves as the national co-chair for the U.S. Human Rights Network Working Group on Equality and Nondiscrimination, co-chair of the AALS Clinicians of Color Subcommittee, and a member of the Law for Black Lives Clinic Cohort Development Team. She received her law degree from New York University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her work and research focus on solidarity economy theory/practice and the law.