Adjunct Professor John Little will be honored by the South Florida Community Development Coalition (SFCDC) for his leadership in community development. The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in the developing arts district of Wynwood on May 1st. South Florida Community Development Coalition is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building communities and developing assets in Miami-Dade County.
John Little is one of the co-founders of the Community Development Clinic (“CDC”) at Florida International University College of Law FIU College of Law. In 2005, along with Professor Peggy Maisel, John created the CDC to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations in the process of incorporation, contracts, and many other legal matters which would have created a financial hardship on these organizations and community members if they had to hire a private attorney.
Since 2005, John has taught eight law students each semester in the clinic thus educating the next generation of CDC lawyers. His work with the Clinic has been instrumental to its success. He had the knowledge of the organizations that should be partners with the CDC and who would refer new entrepreneurs and organizations needing legal assistance. He now has become the Director of the Community Development Clinic and in 2011 the program assisted 64 individual clients and with the assistance of Adjunct Professor Shahrzad Emami supervised 18 students and provided more than 5000 hours of legal services to the community.
John Little’s expertise and commitment to the work in this program and at Legal Services of Greater Miami has helped establish the much needed legal support to insure community economic development in Miami and to train future community development lawyers.