Clinical Teaching Fellow
Community Development Clinic
Administrative Assistant: Jaquetta Oram, 410-837-6798
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 433
J.D., University of Miami
B.S., University of Illinois
Areas of Expertise:
Community Development Law
Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law
Professor Vaidya joined the Community Development Clinic in January of 2017. She supervises students on transactional and business law matters that support community driven development. Clients include small businesses, nonprofits, and other community enterprises. Client matters often include incorporation, entity choice, structuring, applying for tax exempt status, transactional drafting, land use, and policy work.
Prior to teaching at UB, she taught Lawyering Process at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, emphasizing client-centeredness and social justice advocacy. Previously, Professor Vaidya was an Equal Justice Works Foreclosure Fellow at the University of Illinois College of Law Community Preservation Clinic.
Professor Vaidya is a community lawyer who has partnered with grassroots organizations on economic development issues. While a Staff Attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing in Chicago, she collaborated with community organizers on displacement related policy efforts, facilitated know-your-rights workshops, and litigated impact eviction defense cases. She also supported community organizers and manufactured housing communities in the Denver Metro area through transactional work. Specifically, she provided expertise that enabled communities to form homeowners’ associations and use zoning law to halt displacement and promote community ownership of land.
Her research interests focus on collective ownership, wealth inequality, and progressive property rights. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami and B.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. She is admitted to practice in Maryland, Colorado, and Illinois.