Upcoming SELC Events

Be part of the movement for more just and resilient economies!Find SELC's events below!

We're always cooking up pay-it-forward legal advice, action-oriented workshops, and happy hours with engaging conversations on how to build just and resilient local economies. Don't miss out! Please, share with your friends or network when an event might benefit others!

You can view all SELC events below or in our public google calendar here (you can even sync SELC's google calendar to yours so you never miss out on building the legal roots of resilience)!

  • Monday, December 05, 2016 at 05:00 PM
    Impact HUB Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Policy Cafe & Teach-In

    Do you have an idea to change your community for the better? Do you have questions about policymaking? Do you want to explore your inner policymaker?

    Come get answers, ideas, and strategies from our center's staff, experienced attorneys and policymakers!

    This is a two-part event (You can come to both, or either!)

    1. From 5:00PM - 6:00PM, there will be a DIY Policymaking Teach-in facilitated by Sustainable Economies Law Center's Policy Director, Yassi Eskandari, and Food and Farm Attorney, Neil Thapar. They'll present best practices for engaging in local and state-level policy issue. 

    2. From 6:00PM to 7:30PM, we'll be hosting a Policy Cafe and offering individualized consultations for folks who want to discuss their specific ideas and get advice on questions such as:

    • What are the next steps after I have come up with my policy idea?
    • How do I draft a policy proposal?
    • How do I approach council members, county supervisors, or other legislators about my idea?
    • How do I navigate the legislative process?

     See more info & RSVP here.


  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Alchemy Legal Cafe

    Alchemy_Legal_Cafe_Jill_Allison_-1.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    SELC is immensely grateful to Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned business, who host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to SELC!

    Alchemy! They're amazing.

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 05:30 PM · 8 rsvps
    Awaken Cafe in Oakland, CA

    2016 End of Year Happy Hour!

    Come one and all! OMG! What happened to 2016?! This year has been a busy one for the Sustainable Economies Law Center and we're sure it's been equally busy for you. That's why we're creating a space for all of us to come together and relax. So why don't you come celebrate the cultivation of community resilience with us and build connections at our upcoming happy hour! 

    Solidarity economy legal professionals, public interest law students, urban gardeners, social justice advocates, and more will be in attendance! If you're a friend, fan, volunteer, member, or an attorney looking to build your network of resilience minded legal professionals, join us! This happy hour is for all y'all! Friends, fans, colleagues, and newbies! 

    Janelle Orsi! She's the best.

    This is a great place not only to learn about the Sustainable Economies Law Center, connect with our staff, and get a better understanding of our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment, but also a place to meet the movers and shakers seeding communities across the Bay toward a more humane economy! 

    Please join SELC for an informal networking event with drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience at Awaken Cafe in Oakland (right off the 12th St. BART station)!

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $5.00 USD

    Think Outside the Boss: San Diego

    Why didn't we think of it sooner? Cooperatives!SELC is going on the road to Southern California! Tell your So Cal friends!

    Think Outside the Boss provides community members an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment, and community wealth-building. If you are an entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans, or an existing worker coop looking for a refresher, this training is for you! 

    Food and drinks provided!

    Think Outside the Boss Manual!

    Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more -- including resources and information on:

      • What is a worker-owned business?
      • What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?
      • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?
      • What are the tax benefits for selling your business to your employees?
      • What are the steps to convert your business to a cooperative?
      • How do you raise money for a cooperative?
      • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?
      • How does employment laws effect worker coops?

    At the event, we will have bound copies of the Think Outside the Boss manual for attendees! You can also download it for free prior to the event here.

    San Diego!

    The event will include breakout groups where you can dive deeper into cooperative conversions, speak with worker members, talk with San Diego Health Department staff about navigating their licensing requirements, speak with cooperative attorneys, and more!

    We would like to thank Ellen Liversidge for helping organize this workshop

    $5 - $25 Donation Requested_

    If you would like to donate in person or receive our training as a gift,

    please RSVP with Ricardo by emailing ricardo@theselc.org!

    No one turned away for lack of funds!

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