Upcoming Events

Be part of the movement for more just and resilient economies!Find Sustainable Economies Law Center'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!

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Teach-in: The Impact of Domestic Violence Laws on Your Small Business

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we're excited to partner with the Alipato Project to host a teach-in on the unique employment needs of domestic violence survivors. California has adopted several domestic violence laws to protect survivors and some of those laws may affect your small business, nonprofit organization, or social enterprise. Learn about them at our teach-in!

    About the PresentersThe Alipato Project is a nonprofit teaching organization dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence laws. 

    This teach-in is a part of the Law Center's Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. The Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Interested in legal advice only? Please RSVP here

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at the Law Center

     

     

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    This Legal Cafe is hosted at our office. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below. 

    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, October 15, 2018 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Community Investor Night

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    Have you ever wanted to divest your savings from fossil fuels, private prisons, big banks, or other exploitative industries but are unsure how to do that? Have you wondered about what investment opportunities might be available besides stock market funds? Do you care about supporting small local businesses? If yes, then this event is for you!

    On Monday, October 15 we're hosting a brief presentation and get-together for people curious about how to invest their money in small local businesses and community-driven economic development. This is a great event for people with little to no experience in making investment decisions and for people with approximately $1,000 or more in savings available to invest in long-term (i.e. 2+ year commitment) investments.Christina_Oatfield_profile_picture.png

    We will provide an overview of investment opportunities currently available in the Bay Area and Northern California region and how to find out about opportunities in the future. Then we'll talk about a few pitfalls that new investors should look out for. We will also discuss some of the logistics of using IRAs and other tax-incentivized retirement accounts to make local investments.

    This event will be led by our Grassroots Finance Attorney, Christina Oatfield, who has made numerous small investments in local businesses and organizations, and has advocated for policies to support local economic development in the California Legislature.

    Registration is $15 per person to cover the cost of food and refreshments.

    Disclaimer: This event will not provide financial advice to anyone! The presenter is not a financial advisor. This event is intended to help investors learn about unique investment opportunities but we are not able to provide actual advice to anyone about whether any particular investment opportunity is suitable.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Teach-in: Rebuilding a Farm Commons

    Activists, urban farmers, and anybody who eats! Join us for a teach-in at Alchemy Collective Cafe. 

    What does a community-controlled food & farm economy look like? Join us for a facilitated discussion on strategies and examples of community control and community investment that are bringing back the notion of a "Food & Farm Commons."

    The Law Center's Food & Farm Attorney, Neil Thapar, will present on the limitations of our current food & farm system, describe examples of community-controlled food and farm projects, and facilitate a Q & A session.

    Presenter: Neil leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Food and Farm Program. He is passionate about building collective power within communities of color to recreate a healthy, just, and resilient food system. | Contact: neil@theselc.org.

     

    This teach-in is a part of the Law Center's Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. The Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. 

    Interested in legal advice only? Please RSVP here

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy

     

     

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below. 

     

    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, October 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    Port Workspaces & Online in Oakland, CA

    Webinar: Permanent Affordability for Legal Professionals

    Northern California Land Trust, Oakland Community Land Trust, and Sustainable Economies Law Center welcome you to a lunch-time teach-in and webinar for housing-focused attorneys and legal aid groups.

    Attorneys and legal organizations are often proximate to the front lines of local anti-displacement struggles, helping to prevent evictions and to strengthen legal and policy protections for tenants. As the affordable housing crisis in California and across the nation continues, demand is growing among tenants for long-term solutions that enable greater community control of land and permanent affordability, such as Community Land Trusts (CLT), housing cooperatives, and other forms of shared equity housing.

    This two-hour teach-in and webinar for legal professionals will cover the legal nuts and bolts of permanently affordable/shared equity housing, including different legal models and funding mechanisms for decommodified housing. The session will help inform housing-focused attorneys’ knowledge of affordable housing finance generally, different models of shared equity housing, and the emerging needs of community land trusts and shared equity models like the permanent real estate cooperative.

    If you work with tenants, support the movement for community control of land and housing, or just want to learn more about financial and legal models, please join us!

    About the Presenters:

    OakCLT promotes neighborhood stability and community involvement through the provision of permanently affordable housing and access to land.

    Oakland Community Land Trust promotes neighborhood stability and community involvement through the provision of permanently affordable housing and access to land.

    Founded in 1973, we have led the development of many innovations and developments in cooperative and community ownership models that help ensure housieng and economic justice for all.

    Founded in 1973, Northern California Land Trust has led the development of many innovations and developments in cooperative and community ownership models that help ensure housing and economic justice for all.

    Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Sustainable Economies Law Center provides essential legal tools - education, research, advice, and advocacy - so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.


    No one turned away for lack of funds. If price is a barrier to participating, please contact chris@theselc.org.

    MCLE credits available. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. The Law Center certifies that this activity has been approved for 2 hours of MCLE credit.

    We will be live streaming this workshop. If you would like to join the conversation remotely, please RSVP below and you will receive the webinar information by email.

     

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Sustainable Economies Law Center

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    Come celebrate the building of community resilience with the SELC staff and cultivate connections at our upcoming happy hour! 

    If you're a legal professional looking to build your network of resilience-minded attorneys, we invite you to join us and meet our Sustainable Economies Law Fellows, who are in town for their annual training and networking event. We will provide drinks and light refreshments. We hope to see you there!

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    This is a great place not only to learn about SELC, 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! 

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at the Law Center

     

     

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    This Legal Cafe is hosted at our office. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below. 

    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, October 23, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    Teach-in: Worker Classification After Dynamex Decision

    In the recent landmark decision of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court unanimously announced a new test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Learn all about it at our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. 

    About the PresentersThe New Business Practicum is Berkeley Law’s interdisciplinary transactional law clinical program, in which JD and MBA students have assisted start-up entrepreneurs since 2007. The Practicum provides free legal help for start-ups and real experience for JD students looking to practice transactional law.

    This teach-in is a part of the Law Center's Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. The Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Interested in legal advice only? Please RSVP here

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    San Francisco Women Against Rape in San Francisco, CA

    Legal Cafe at SFWAR

     

     

    To honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are hosting this Legal Cafe at San Francisco Women Against Rape's office in the Women's Building. 

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    Survivors of domestic violence who hope to start small businesses, worker owned cooperatives, or social enterprise are encouraged to attend this Legal Cafe. Please RSVP below. 

    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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