Patience Crowder

Associate Professor

  • Faculty

What I do

Founded/Direct/Teach the Community Economic Development Clinic


Community Economic Development Clinic, Law School Clinical Program

Professional Biography

Professor Patience Crowder joined the DU faculty in 2010 to create and teach the Community Economic Development Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty, she was the Wellspring Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Tulsa College of Law, where she formed and taught a transactional legal clinic. She began her career in the legal academy as a Clinical Fellow in the Community Development Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law after working in Sacramento, California, as the business development manager of a nonprofit corporation that works to revitalize an inner-city neighborhood through economic development and public education. She began her legal career as a bank finance associate with Shearman & Sterling in San Francisco, California. Her scholarship examines the impact of contract, corporate, and local government law in transactional advocacy for the public interest, particularly the revitalization of inner-city and underserved communities. Her articles have been published by the Tennessee Law Review, the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (reprint), the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, the Marquette Law Review, and the Indiana Law Review, among others. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law - Newark, where she was an Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Georgetown University.


  • BA, Sociology , Georgetown University
  • JD, Rutgers Law - Newark

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Colorado Bar
  • Maryland Bar
  • California Bar

Featured Publications

Impact Transaction: Lawyering for the Public Good Through Collective Impact Agreements , 49 Indiana L. Rev. 621-675 (2016).
Designing a Transactional Law Clinic for Life-Long Learning, 19 Lewis & Clark Law Review 413 - 440 (2015).
(Sub)Urban Poverty and Regoinal Interest Convergence, Marquette Law Review 63 (2014).
Inequality, Economic Development, and the New Regional Community, 43 Southwestern Law Review (2014).