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.

Charlie Brown! That should be a pumpkin pie cooperative!

How the Legal Cafe Works

The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal advice, workshops, teach-ins, discussions, and legal services to businesses and organizations that are trying to make their communities a better place to live and thrive. The legal advice given at the Legal Cafe is first-come, first-serve, so no appointment is necessary.

At the Legal Cafes, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and our volunteers specialize in serving cooperatives, nonprofits, cottage food businesses, social enterprises, urban farms, complimentary currencies, time banks, and small businesses. We provide advice and legal consultations around the following legal areas: 

  • Legal formation for small businesses 

  • 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 how it works and what's being served up!

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.

Legal Cafe Calendar: Dates and Locations

We base the Legal Cafe in communities for your convenience. Never miss a chance to come receive legal advice and participate in Teach-ins at the Legal Cafe!


Teach-ins at the Legal Cafe

Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) Teach-ins provide 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.


Legal Cafe Bites

Find written resources created for our various Teach-ins that will help guide you in areas such as how to become a chef, how zoning laws can effect your food business, cooperatives 101, and more! 


Volunteer at the Legal Cafe!


Why the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe? 

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) believes our current economic systems prioritizes corporate profit over community resilience, destroying opportunities for satisfying and sustainable work, damaging the environment that sustains us, and unraveling our sense of connection to one another. That’s why SELC is committed to providing reliable, affordable, and accessible legal information and advice to the people who are creating alternative economic systems. Through this work, we can help form the enterprises and entrepreneurs that will ring in the new economy.




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