Renee Hatcher has been hired as the new director for the John Marshall Law School's Business Enterprise Law Clinic.
Hatcher's career has focused upon public interest and social justice, as well as creating social change through community development and rights advocacy.
"It's a privilege to do this kind of work because you are supporting the vision of a community," she said. "It feels very different when you are working with a client towards a goal versus representing someone in litigation when the harm has already been done."
Hatcher replaces Michael Schlesinger who is retiring at the end of the year.
"We are very excited to have Renee as the new director of BELAW," said Anthony Niedwiecki, associate dean for academic affairs at John Marshall. "She has the vision, energy and commitment to social justice that will benefit our students and the greater Chicago area. Her connections in the city will also allow us to expand our efforts at helping small businesses in underserved areas of Chicago."
Hatcher also plans to get students involved in building sustainable economies in neglected areas.
"There are so many opportunities in the city of Chicago right now. It is a great time to be a part of the push for small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities. And it's also a great time to think about advocacy work in the south and west sides of Chicago," Hatcher said.