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, March 02, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 7 rsvps
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    Legal advice for just and resilient local economies. The 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.

    Impact HUB Oakland: Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the United States (move over Brooklyn), we cultivate, support and connect purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Oakland for hosting SELC and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator, and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Impact HUB Oakland cultivates, supports, and connects purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.

    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.

  • Monday, March 02, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 32 rsvps
    Impact Hub Oakland, Meridian Room

    Housing for All: From Homeless Encampments to Tiny House Ecovillages

    TinyVillage.pngLet's create environmentally sustainable, affordable housing for all. 

    The Opportunity in Tiny 

    Journalist Georgia Perry will give a colorful and inspiring report-back about how tiny home villages and homeless encampments can house individuals who are not served by shelter systems. Communities such as Opportunity Village and Dignity Village in Oregon are simultaneously housing the homeless and providing opportunities for innovative environmental and urban planning initiatives. Join the discussion!

     

    Georgia_Perry.pngAbout the facilitator

    Georgia Perry is an Oakland-based freelance journalist who has written for several regional and national publications including Vice, Portland Monthly Magazine, the Portland Mercury, and Good Times Santa Cruz (formerly Santa Cruz Weekly), where she spent two years as a staff writer. 

    Georgia formed an interest in tiny house communities and sanctuary camps for otherwise homeless individuals while visiting encampments along the west coast, namely Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon and Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon. By speaking to residents, policymakers, and planners, she has come to understand the benefits and barriers to creating these dynamic and powerful communities.

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at 05:30 PM · 18 rsvps

    2015 California Coop Statute - Info Session

    Advocate for economic democracy!

    Info Session & Member Discussion

    Join the Sustainable Economies Law Center, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Democracy at Work Institute to learn about the innovative policy changes being offered to the 2015 legislative session for the State of California! If enacted, these policy changes will affect cooperative enterprises across California!

    WHAT: Info session & discussion with USFWC members about a California state bill being introduced in 2015 designed to: 

    • Update the existing California Cooperative statute to support the establishment & growth of worker coops
    • Remove barriers to starting & operating a worker coop
    • Make information about worker cooperative business model publicly available

    WHERE: East Bay Community Law Center (Berkeley) or online via GoToMeeting. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to call in or listen online, please RSVP and you will be given the GoToMeeting number and URL in the confirmation email. 

    PRESENTERS: Dilini Lankachandra, East Bay Community Law Clinic, and others from CA Coop Statute Working Group

    MORE INFO, including copy of proposed bill language & discussion points: www.usworker.coop/ca-coop-statute-discussion

    DAWI is building the resources and the capacity for the cooperative economy!United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives: Owners Wanted!EBCLC!Green Collar Communities Clinic

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 05:30 PM · 8 rsvps
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Worker Coop Academy Reunion

    Worker Coop Academy Reunites!Its time for the 2014 Worker Coop Academy alumni to reunite!

    Please join Project Equity, the East Bay Community Law Center, SELC, and your fellow 2014 Worker Coop Academy graduates as we get together to share stories of our projects triumphs and tribulations! Drinks and snacks will be on hand as we get together on the evening of March 10th! As a special bonus, the long awaited presentation by Planting Justice will occur! Planting Justice will be presenting their Strategic Project at our reunion, so don't miss it! 

    Please SAVE THE DATE and RSVP below!

    Let us know that you'll be coming to continue our community of practice of cooperative entrepreneurs and developers!

    From all of us in the Blueprint Collaborative, we hope to see you there!

    Blueprint Collaborative

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Impact HUB Berkeley in Berkeley, CA

    HUB Berkeley Legal Cafe

    Welcome to the Legal Cafe!The 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.

    Impact_HUB_Berkeley_logo.jpg

    SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Berkeley, a shared workspace and community of 1,000 entrepreneurs, creatives, community builders, funders, developers and more working to build a better world. Impact HUB Berkeley hosts our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to SELC! So think about becoming a member!

    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, March 11, 2015 at 07:00 PM · $5.00 USD · 12 rsvps
    Impact HUB Berkeley in Berkeley, CA

    Building Co-operative Power: A Teach-In

    Building Cooperative Power:Stories and strategies from worker co-operatives in the Connecticut River ValleyJoin SELC as we discuss how to create integrated and mutually supporting networks of cooperative enterprises with Michael Johnson, co-author of BUILDING CO-OPERATIVE POWER! Stories and Strategies from Worker Co-Operatives in the Connecticut River Valley. Michael will provide a short presentation about the coops in his book and lessons learned through the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives, an association of worker cooperatives in Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont. This will be followed by a Q&A led conversation.

    Michael Johnson, author, activist, cooperative evangelist, entrepreneur, and more!This will be a general discussion for the cooperative community; whether you're a card carrying member of NoBAWC or a someone interested to see the impact cooperatives are already having in communities around the country. All are welcome! Please share widely!

    About the book:

    Building Co-operative Power introduces the history and concept of worker co-operation and relays past and present stories of worker co-operatives in the Connecticut River Valley. It offers practical insights on co-op governance, management, communication and conflict highlighted by cautionary tales and sagas of personal transformation of current and former co-operators. It addresses obstacles and opportunities for building a co-operative economy and making worker co-operatives an increasingly important part of the U.S. economy. The authors outline a regional vision based on strategies of worker co-operatives in the Connecticut River Valley as a guide and inspiration for co-operative development in any region. Read the intro of the book in here (PDF)!

    $5 Donation Requested

    If you are unable to give financially or would like to donate in person at the event, please RSVP by clicking on this link here... ya, right here!

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Alchemy Legal Cafe

    Sharing economy attorneys doing community based lawyering! The 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.

    Alchemy! They're amazing.

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

    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.

     

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    The Food Craft Institute, Oakland, CA

    Legalize Your Food Biz!

    Legal tips for food startups and growing businesses in California 

     

    So you want to be the next local chocolate company or brewery to hit it big in the bay area’s hot food and drink scene? Among the many critical components of running a successful food enterprise is an understanding the many laws that impact your operations. This workshop will walk you through both the legal pitfalls and opportunities at the city, state, and federal level for how to successfully launch and market your food business. You will learn about:

    • Choosing the right business entity
    • Fundraising regulations
    • Employment rules
    • California’s cottage food law
    • Preventing food safety liability
    • Food labeling and marketing laws
    • Marketing certifications such as organic and gluten-free 

    For more information and to buy tickets click here.

    About the Instructors

     

    Michele Simon

    Michele Simon has 18 years of experience in food and beverage law and policy. After years of researching and writing about what’s wrong with the food system, Michele decided to offer her services to food and beverage companies trying to do the right thing. She offers legal advice on federal regulatory compliance for labeling and marketing, among other services. Michele is based in Oakland, California, and offers legal guidance to companies nationally, working of counsel with Foscolo and Handel, PLLC, the Food Law Firm.

     

    Steven M. Sherman

    Steven M. Sherman is the founder of Sherman Business Law, a law firm dedicated to the representation of consumers, entrepreneurs and small businesses—including a variety of food-related entities—in transactional and litigated matters. Some recent projects include: reviewing contracts presented by Safeway to a gourmet jam manufacturer; advising on choice of entity for a food start-up; advising on management and control issues for a social media company dedicated to culinary travel adventures; and advising a restaurant about issues relating to trade name infringement.

     

    Christina Oatfield

    Christina Oatfield is the policy director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, which provides legal research, education, advice, and advocacy to promote more localized and just economies. Christina develops policy proposals and advocates for laws such as the California Homemade Food Act and laws that legalize urban agriculture. She is also pursuing an attorney license as part of the Law Office Study Program of the State Bar of California, which is an alternative to law school for aspiring attorneys seeking experiential learning and expertise in topics not often taught in accredited law schools.

    For more information and to buy tickets click here.

     

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 10 rsvps
    House of Shields in San Francisco, CA

    Legal Professionals for a New Economy Happy Hour

    Abe, you, and the sharing economyAre you an attorney, law student, or legal worker wanting to build a new economy? Are you looking to meet legal professionals working in the sharing economy? Most importantly, do you want to relax over drinks and appetizers with a passionate, social justice minded community? Then come to our informal networking happy hour to share stories and learn of ways to build more just and resilient local economies.

    House of Shields

    Sharing economy attorneys, social justice legal professionals, and public interest law students are invited to attend! 

    Please join us for an evening of new introductions and old friends to swap stories of building resilient communities. 

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 31st, when we'll be congregating at House of Shields in San Francisco from 5:00 - 6:30pm to chat about how the legal profession can build a new economy!

  • Monday, April 06, 2015 at 05:00 PM
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    Legal advice for just and resilient local economies. The 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.

    Impact HUB Oakland: Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the United States (move over Brooklyn), we cultivate, support and connect purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Oakland for hosting SELC and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator, and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Impact HUB Oakland cultivates, supports, and connects purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.

    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.