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)!

  • Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 04:30 PM
    Kaiser Tiger in Chicago, IL

    Festival Opening Ceremonies [Happy Hour]

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    What is SELC and what is the Innovate the Economy! Festival? What better way to find out than over drinks, food and games?

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 01:00 PM · $5.00 USD
    Oakland City Hall in Oakland, CA

    Think Outside the Boss

    Why didn't we think of it sooner? Cooperatives!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! 

    Free food and drinks from local worker cooperatives!

    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.

    The event will include breakout groups where you can dive deeper into cooperative conversions, speak with worker members, talk with Oakland City staff about navigating their licensing requirements and accessing City contracts, speak with cooperative attorneys, and more!

    We would like to thank the City of Oakland for hosting this workshop during National Small Business Week & Beneficial State Bank for funding the cost of printing our manuals!

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    $5 - $25 Donation Requested

    If you are unable to give financially, would like to donate in person, or receive our training as a gift please RSVP with ricardo@theselc.org!

    No one turned away for lack of funds!

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 05:30 PM
    Comal in Berkeley, CA

    SELC CRC Happy Hour

    Join us for an evening of casual libationsWhat: Join Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and our allies, the East Bay Community Resilience Challenge (CRC) and NorCal Community Resilience Network for an informal networking event with drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience at Comal (just a short walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station)!


    Who: We invite sharing economy legal professionals, public interest law students, urban gardeners, community organizers, permaculture designers, social justice advocates, and more to attend! If you're a SELC friend, fan, volunteer, member, or an attorney looking to build your network of resilience minded folks, join us!  
     
    About the East Bay Community Resilience Challenge

    The Community Resilience Challenge is an annual mobilization campaign that inspires thousands of citizens and groups to take action in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste and pollution and build community. CRC mobilizes collective action to address some of the most pivotal issues facing our planet through people-powered, low-cost, low-impact solutions that create healthier, localized, more resilient food systems, economies, and communities. The CRC is a collaboration between the NorCal Community Resilience Network, Bay Localize, Sustainable Contra Costa and Daily Acts. Please join us at a fun happy hour co-hosted by these amazing organizations!  

    The mission of the  Northern California Community Resilience Network is to empower, activate, and support community-based and ecological solutions to climate change, economic instability and social inequity.

    We're also excited to be co-hosting this happy hour with the NorCal Community Resilience Network!

    The mission of the  Northern California Community Resilience Network is to empower, activate, and support community-based and ecological solutions to climate change, economic instability and social inequity.

    Please join SELC and the CRC/NorCal Network for an informal networking event with drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience at Comal (just a short walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station)! 

    Join us for an evening of casual libations

  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Do You Want to Build a [Worker-Owned Business]?

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    Students of the Chicago Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and their clients discuss their experiences in working together to build cooperatively-owned and managed businesses.  
    Cosponsored by: University of Chicago Institute for Justice Clinic
  • Monday, May 09, 2016 at 05:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    11745708_1633615230214272_5461259630391135567_n.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 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, May 09, 2016 at 06:00 PM

    What's Law Got To Do With It?

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    Speakers Dennis Kelleher of the Center for Workplace Democracy, and Clifford Helm of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, will address the legal challenges facing clients wanting to incorporate democratic principles into their businesses, and options for lawyers to creatively address these challenges.
    Cosponsored by: Chicago Bar Foundation Justice Entrepreneurs Project
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 05:00 PM · 1 rsvp

    Mandela MarketPlace Legal Cafe

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    SELC is partnering with Mandela MarketPlace to host a pop-up cafe that focuses on food enterprises

    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.

    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.

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  • Tuesday, May 24, 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.

    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.

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 06:00 PM

    Farm to [S]table: Building a Resilient Local Food System

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    Jose Oliva of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Rebecca Osland of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance will host a conversation on what it will take to build a resilient local food system. 
  • Friday, May 27, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Sully's House in Chicago, IL

    Festival Closing Ceremonies [Happy Hour]

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    A celebration of the end of the work week and the end of the Innovate the Economy! Festival - join us for Happy Hour!