Dorcas Gilmore

Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence,
Community & Economic Development Law Clinic

Office: Room Y251
Phone: 202-274-4186
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Dorcas R. Gilmore is a Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence in the Community & Economic Development Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. She is an advocate and consultant on issues of leadership, racial equity, and community lawyering. Previously, Dorcas worked as Assistant General Counsel for the national office of the NAACP. She created a Youth Entrepreneurship Legal Services Project and Equitable Development Project as a Skadden Fellow & Staff Attorney at the Community Law Center, Inc. Dorcas has represented a range of local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and coalitions to advance racial, economic, and environmental justice through transactional strategies, administrative advocacy, and litigation.

Dorcas was a Gilbert & Jaylee Mead Public Interest Scholar at the University of Maryland School of Law. Prior to law school, she provided workforce development training and entrepreneurship education in the Dominican Republic and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Dorcas is Vice Chair of the ABA Business Law Section's Community Economic Development Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Black Worker Center Project and the Baltimore Algebra Project. During and since the Baltimore Uprising, she has been a co-founder of the Baltimore Action Legal Team and Planning Committee member for the Law for Black Lives convening.