Resilient Communities Legal Cafe

We want to live in a society where reliable and affordable legal support is available to all those creating the transition to localized, resilient economies. 

Resilient Communities Legal Cafe


The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. The Legal Cafes take place in rotating locations and happen 3x a month in the Bay Area. 

Attorneys at the cafes specialize in serving cooperatives, nonprofits, cottage food businesses, social enterprises, urban farms, alternative currencies, time banks, and small businesses. We provide advice and legal consultations around the following legal areas: 

  • Legal formation for small businesses

  • Charlie Brown! That should be a pumpkin pie cooperative!

    Legal entity choice 

  • Employment law 

  • Securities law 

  • Tax law 

  • Contracts 

  • Liability issues 

  • IP agreements and licensing  

  • Environmental Law 

  • Food Safety Laws 

Click here to read more about the legal support being served up at our cafes, and how the cafe works! 

Legal Cafe Calendar: Dates and Locations

Our donation-based Legal Cafes rotate locations and happen 3x a month in the East Bay! RSVP for upcoming cafes and teach-ins to ensure your place at the cafe. We also accept walk-ins! 

Teach-ins at the Legal Cafe

Our cafes are often paired with a topical teach-in. Teach-ins are practical, participatory, and action oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! If you'd like to provide a teach-in, please visit our Legal Cafe volunteer page.

Bite-Sized Legal Resources

Find short written resources that address common questions. Topics include how to become a personal chef, how zoning laws can effect your food business, cooperatives 101, and more!  

Volunteer at the Legal Cafe!

Volunteer attorneys, law students, and community members make our cafes possible! Find out how you can help staff our Resilient Communities Legal Cafes. 

If you'd like to start a Legal Cafe in your community, check out our Practical Guide to Starting a Legal Cafe. In the guide, you will learn how to get the basics of your Legal Cafe in place and how to create the Legal Cafe experience. The guide also includes sample intake documents and a breakdown of tasks for scheduling and planning your Legal Cafe.

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