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!

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 12 rsvps

    Legal Professionals for Economic Justice Happy Hour

    Come celebrate the building of community resilience with Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    This is a great place to not only learn about our Legal Fellows program, but to also connect with our staff and get a better understanding of our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment! Drinks and snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

    SELC Fellows

  • 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.

    We're livestreaming this event! To attend this teach-in remotely, please RSVP at this link.

    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 23, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    Webinar: Worker Classification After Dynamex Decision

    Thank you for your interest in remotely attending our teach-in on Worker Classification After Dynamex Decision! 

    For the Livestreaming/ Webinar information, please RSVP below. Log-in Information will be e-mailed to you after you RSVP. 

    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.

  • 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.

  • Thursday, November 08, 2018 at 08:00 AM through November 09, 2018 · $75.00 USD
    The Loft of Missoula in Missoula, MT

    Rethinking Nonprofits: Collaborative Leadership for Justice and Equity

    Training discussionAs nonprofits and movement workers committed to social transformation, how can we embody the change we want to see in the world?  How can we become more effective, accountable, equitable, and responsive to the needs our communities as we do it?

    This two day workshop will focus on how to create, care for, and increase the impact of deeply democratic organizations. Designed for nonprofit leaders who want to create more just, joyful, and strategic organizations through sharing leadership more broadly and incorporating more democratic practices and structures. The experience will provide opportunities to move beyond traditional nonprofit “best practices” and gain understandings of new leadership frameworks, while navigating the complexities of equity, justice, and empowerment.

    Participants will gain tools to re-imagine culture, organizational structure, and management practice.

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    “Our own experience practicing worker self-direction and an emerging body of research both show that distributing leadership throughout an organization can create organizations that are more effective at advancing their mission, more adaptable and responsive to complex systems, more accountable to their communities, and more equitable and fun places to work!”

                                                                 --Sustainable Economies Law Center

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    For more detail on the 2 day content click here


    About the Presenters

    Sue Bennett has spent 25 years working and consulting in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in a variety of program and administrative roles. When not reading a book, she is searching for a camping spot near the ocean or in a forest. Read more about Sue here

    Simon Mont came to this work through a deep commitment to collective liberation. While in law school and working to interrupt mass incarceration during, Simon fell into the restorative justice community and from there began envisioning and creating alternate institutions. Since then, Simon has worked with dozens of organizations across the country to help bring our governance, management, and relationships in line with our most transformative visions.  For more information on Simon personally, see their LinkedIn, for more information on their current offerings to organization take a look at www.Harmonize.work .

     

    This workshop is grounded in experience, research, practice, and reflection of the presenters.  Both Sue and Simon have spent years working at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, which practices distributed governance.  Sue has 25 years of experience working in and consulting with nonprofit organizations. Simon has been a member of many collectively led projects, and consulted with organizations across the country.

    Sustainable Economic Law Center cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. We provide 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.

    Part of Sustainable Economies Law Center's approach to catalyzing a more just and resilient society is to be the change we want to see. We have adopted policies that distribute "ownership" throughout the organization, allow for more dignified livelihoods, expand access to our legal services, and empower a new generation of grassroots legal experts. 

    Event organizer

    Suzanne Wilcox is a visionary leader, with a collaborative, thoughtful and innovative approach to her work with individuals and organizations. She places high value on personable, open and authentic communications; critical thinking and big-picture perspective; calculated risk taking and willingness to challenge traditional thinking; and the value of diversity and the gifts that all people bring to a team or a project.

    Suzanne has a spirited ability to build community and organize people around a common cause. She brings a a conscious and diplomatic ability to work with stakeholders, board members, donors, staff and volunteers to achieve positive and forward thinking outcomes; and has an instinctive capacity to turn challenges and hurdles into opportunities and growth.

    Presently, Suzanne works as an independent contractor and consultant with Montana nonprofit organizations providing leadership and organizational development services. She previously worked as Organization Development Director for Montana Nonprofit Association providing education, technical assistance and training opportunities for nonprofits across the state. Prior to that, as founder and for over a decade as Executive Director of ExplorationWorks in Helena, Suzanne guided the effort to build and develop the interactive museum of science and culture, leading that organization from its startup -- growing the board, engaging the community in the project and capital campaign, and designing and constructing the new LEED-certified facility.

    Suzanne lives in Missoula, Montana and enjoys hiking, bicycling and kayaking in the beautiful Montana surroundings. In her personal and professional life, she is a passionate advocate for innovative and new ways of living with one another, all creatures, and the earth; using our limited resources more efficiently and cultivating real relationships among people. Suzanne is a long-time student of community living projects and cooperative ventures. On her bucket list is to design, and have a hand in building, a sustainable energy-efficient home that creatively utilizes re-used materials and artistic upcycling.

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Teach-in: Commercial Leases and Evictions

    Legal Professionals, Worker Co-op Members, Students, and Aspiring and Current Business Owners!

    The team at the EBCLC Community Economic Justice clinic is preparing a workshop on commercial leases. Do you have questions or particular areas of interest regarding commercial evictions? You can let us know prior to the event through this form in English or this form in Spanish; your answers are anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself.

    About the Presenters: Sara Ramsey, Sarah Lucey, Jer'Ron Dinwiddie, Jay Cumberland, and Paola Eisner, law students and legal clerks at the EBCLC's CEJ clinic, will be facilitating this teach-in. You can get in touch with them at peisner@ebclc.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

    El equipo de justicia económico comunitario en EBCLC está preparando un taller sobre desalojo de los arrendamientos comerciales que se llevará a cabo el 13 de noviembre, 2018, 5-5:45pm, en Alchemy Collective Cafe (1741 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703). Si Ud. tiene preguntas or areas de interés sobre el desalojo de los arrendamientos comerciales, Ud. puede compartirlos en nuestro cuestionario anónimo o en el cuestionario en ingles.

     

  • Tuesday, November 13, 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. 

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    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, November 13, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 19 rsvps
    Berkeley City Hall in Berkeley, CA

    Berkeley Votes on Ordinance Supporting Worker Coops

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS HEARING HAS NOT BEEN CALENDARED. HEARING DATE STILL TBD. THE DATE PROVIDED BELOW IS MERELY A PLACEHOLDER. PLEASE RSVP TO RECEIVE UPDATES. 

    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!

  • Monday, November 19, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at APEN

     

     

    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 APEN's Richmond Office. APEN is an environmental justice organization that focuses on Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

    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.

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