Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides accessible and engaging education for communities and legal professionals so that communities everywhere have the legal knowledge they need to create their own resilient economies.
Several times per year, SELC hosts half-day in-person workshops on how to start a worker cooperative and how to start a small food business. We also regularly host webinars on a wide range of topics, including legal basics for complementary currencies, how to implement workplace democracy in your nonprofit, do-it-yourself policy making, and more.
Our three flagship legal guides include "Think Outside the Boss: How to Create a Worker-Owned Business," "Legal Resources for Food Justice Enterprises," and "El Proceso Legal Para Iniciar Tu Negocio Cooperativa." Click here to read or download the manuals.
SELC also hosts five free online legal resource libraries - learn more on our Legal Research page.
SELC's Teach-ins provide practical, participatory, and action-oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! Click here for more information on upcoming and past teach-ins. If you'd like to teach or host a teach-in, please visit our Legal Cafe volunteer page.
Since 2010, SELC has taught many classes on various facets of practicing law in the sharing economy. In Fall of 2013, SELC offered a 10-class workshop series to attorneys and recent law school graduates. Click here for details of the workshops. We'll be offering a similar series in 2015.
Our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is also a living classroom for law students, legal apprentices, attorneys, and others interested in cultivating the legal roots of more just and resilient economies. Visit our volunteer page to learn about opportunities for practice-based learning at the Legal Cafe.