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!

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Come. We'll talk. No big whoop. 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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe.

    Please RSVP below.

    We're thinking!

    Busy at work thinking... thinking law things. 

    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, July 10, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    July 10 Food Policy Cafe

    Everyone has policy ideas, including you, right? Want to bring your ideas to life by sharing them, gathering feedback, and strategizing with some seasoned policy advocates?

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    We warmly invite you to our Food Policy Cafe, a two-part event (you can come to both or either!):

    1. From 5:00PM - 6:00PM: Teach-In

    From 5:00PM - 6:00PM, there will be a DIY Food Policy Teach-in by the Sustainable Economies Law Center's Policy Director, Christina Oatfield and the Oakland Food Policy Council's Executive Director, Shaniece Alexander, who will share their experiences as food policy advocates, how to learn about and track current food policy issues, and ways to get involved and make change on a variety of issues impacting the food system.

    2. From 6:00PM - 7:30PM: One-on-One Policy Consultations

    From 6:00PM to 7:30PM, bring your policy idea (whether it’s food-related or not) and we’ll facilitate individualized brainstorming sessions, where you can 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?

    This event is part of our Transformative Policymakers project, and it’s modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which provides donation-based legal advice for the community.  

    And there will be snacks!

     

    About the Presenters

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    Shaniece Alexander

    Currently as the Executive Director of the Oakland Food Policy Council, Shaniece focuses on creating and implementing equitable policy through addressing the systemic impacts of racism, poverty, and incarceration on people of color. She maintains a commitment to a combination of community centered program design, legislative advocacy and policy reform as the approach for systemic change for individuals, families and communities.

     

    Christina Oatfield

    Christina_Oatfield_profile_picture.pngChristina is our Law Center's California state advocate for laws that enable more sustainable, local, and just economies. She has played leadership roles in support of California legislation to advance homemade food, urban agriculture, seed sharing, worker cooperatives, affordable housing land trusts, housing cooperatives, and local investing. Christina contributes to the Law Center's publications and educational events related to food law and grassroots finance (i.e. securities law).

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 11 rsvps
    Berkeley City Hall in Berkeley, CA

    Berkeley Votes on Ordinance Supporting Worker Coop

    We need YOU to show the City of Berkeley that you care about worker cooperatives. Will you submit a letter of support and RSVP below to follow announcements about the introduction of this historic ordinance to support worker cooperatives in Berkeley? 

    The hearing date is still unannounced so please RSVP to this page to receive important announcements!
    We done it before. We can do it again! Pushing policies that promote worker cooperatives!Background:

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center, in partnership with other organizations and community members, has crafted an ordinance that will support the creation and success of worker cooperatives in Berkeley.

    The Law Center's Worker Coop Policy Brigade has been hard at work with Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Council Members, and Berkeley City staff to push forward the Ordinance Supporting Worker Cooperatives. Berkeley City Council will vote on the ordinance this summer! The hearing date is still unannounced so please RSVP to this page to receive important announcements!

    How you can help:

    • SUBMIT A LETTER OF SUPPORT: Click here to download the template letter of support and instructions.

    • CALL YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER: Do you live or work in Berkeley? We need you to call your councilmember and tell them why you believe worker cooperatives are important and should be supported by the City of Berkeley. Find your district’s representative here.

    • RSVP: RSVP to this page to follow important announcements like the summer hearing date as soon as it is announced. We need you to join us at the city council to celebrate the impact of worker cooperatives and demonstrate widespread support for this ordinance!

    RSVP BELOW TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE VOTE!

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 at 08:30 AM · $50.00 USD · 9 rsvps

    Social Enterprise Law Seminar

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    This full day seminar will offer 5.5 CLE credits with courses on the most common topics in social enterprise law: 

    • The Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Business (9:15 AM)
    • Introduction to Cooperatives (10:15 AM)
    • Advising Startup Food Businesses (11:30 AM)
    • On-the-Spot Advising (1:30 PM)
    • Nonprofit Hybrid Structures (2:00 PM)
    • Understanding Employment and Securities Laws in 60 Minutes! (3:15 PM)

    Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided. Event followed by happy hour.

    This event is for attorneys only. For events open to the general public, please see our events page. 

    Tickets are $50. Attendees who commit to providing pro bono legal advice at a minimum of 3 Legal Cafes this year can receive free admission. Email charlotte@theselc.org for details. 

    This activity is pending approval for 5.5 MCLE credit hours by the State Bar of California.

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective

    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    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.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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, July 18, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 2 rsvps

    July 18 Happy Hour

    Come mingle, see our office, cultivate connections, and learn more about what Sustainable Economies Law Center has been up to this summer! 

    Join us for our summer happy hour!

    If you're a friend, fan, volunteer, member, or an attorney, this is a great place to learn about the Law Center, connect with our staff, meet our awesome summer interns, and get a better understanding of our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment.

    The happy hour will be at our office, just a block from Oakland's 12th Street BART. See you there!

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at EBCLC

    East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by our partners, the Community Economic Justice Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center. They're pretty awesome.  

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

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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, August 14, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective

    Activists, Worker Co-op Members, Urban Farmers! Join us for a Compost Law and Policy Teach-in!

    We warmly invite you to our Compost Law & Policy Teach-in, and Legal Cafe, a two-part event (you can come to both or either!):

    1. From 5:00PM - 6:00PM: Teach-In

    Now is the time to learn about and shape the future of compost law in California! Whether you grow food, eat food, or make compost, we hope you'll join us for a teach-in and discussion on this fascinating subject, which has deep implications for the future of health, nutrition, food systems, climate, jobs, and more.

    A community compost movement is emerging locally, with a diverse array of organizations, cooperatives, and enterprises composting in creative ways using local food and yard scraps. But guess what! These groups face a growing number of legal barriers, and it's important that we organize, interact with regulators, and reshape the legal landscape for composting in California.

    This conversation is hosted by local compost entrepreneur, Kourtnii Brown of Common Compost, and compost law advocate, Janelle Orsi, of Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    2. From 6:00PM - 7:30PM: One-on-One Legal Consultations 

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    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 our teach-in and legal cafe. Please RSVP below.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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, August 28, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at EBCLC

    East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by our partners, the Community Economic Justice Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center. They're pretty awesome.  

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

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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, September 04, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Legal Cafe at Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Come. We'll talk. No big whoop. 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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe.

    Please RSVP below.

    We're thinking!

    Busy at work thinking... thinking law things. 

    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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