Associate Professor Huertas-Noble is the founding director of the Community & Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) at CUNY School of Law. She earned her J.D. from Fordham University Law School, where she was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics and served on the staff of the Environmental Law Journal. Prior to joining the CUNY faculty, Professor Huertas-Noble was an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School where she supervised students in its CED Clinic. She also served as a senior staff attorney in the Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC). As part of CDP, she worked with neighborhood residents to form nonprofits as well as established organizing groups to create alternative institutions, such as worker-owned cooperatives (cooperatives).
Professor Huertas-Noble has played a leading role in providing transactional legal support to worker-owned cooperatives in New York. While at UJC, she counseled cooperatives in navigating their legal entity formation options and on creating democratic governance structures. She worked with ROC-NY in creating COLORS, a worker-owned restaurant in Manhattan and Green Workers Cooperatives in creating ReBuilders Source, a South Bronx worker-owned business that collects and recycles construction materials. Since then, numerous community groups and attorneys have consulted with Professor Huertas-Noble on entity formation options and democratic decision making structures for cooperatives. Such groups, include Cidadao Global, a current client of the CEDC. Cidadao Global is in the process of creating the first eco-friendly house cleaning cooperative based in Queens.
Professor Huertas-Noble's research and scholarship focuses on promoting alternative ownership models, including community land trust and worker-owned cooperatives (alternative institutions). Her scholarship emphasizes the role of lawyer in creating meaningful, client participatory decision making processes as part of the lawyer's counseling process and in support of client-centered lawyering on behalf of alternative institutions.
Law Review Articles
Promoting Worker-Owned Cooperatives as a CED Empowerment Strategy: A Case Study of Colors and Lawyering in Support of Participatory Decision-Making and Meaningful Social Change. (CLINICAL LAW REVIEW, VOL. 17, NO. 1, 2010) Available here »
Lawyering at the Intersection of Mediation and Community Economic Development: Interweaving Inclusive Legal Problem Solving Skills in the Training of Effective Lawyers. 34 WASH U. J.L. & POL'Y (2010) (co-authored with Beryl Blaustone)
The Greening of CED: Dispatches from New York City, 31 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 645, 656 (2009) (co-authored with Brian Glick and Jessica Rose)
Why I Teach at CUNY Law
"I work at CUNY because it is a community that inspires me. Our students, Faculty, Administration and Staff all believe strongly in our public interest mission and social justice values and strive to implement them through our work at and on behalf of the law school. Our students, in particular, also represent the social change we want to see in the world and in the profession. Not only do they work with marginalized communities to build power and create social change, they often come from those communities themselves. Thus, our students are changing both the face and nature of lawyering to create a diverse profession that struggles to uphold the honor of the law."