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!

You can view all the Law Center's events below or in our public google calendar here (you can even sync our google calendar to yours so you never miss out on building the legal roots of resilience)!

  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 19 rsvps

    Happy Hour Celebrating People Powered Economies

    Join us on Thursday, May 31st, for a happy hour to celebrate the final day of our people powered, grassroots fundraising campaign!We support! You support! Everyone wins!

    We'll be throwing the party at our office in Downtown Oakland with food, drinks, and lots of good company. Bring a friend and/or colleague to share in our celebration! 

    At the happy hour, we'll be giving Sogorea Te Land Trust a check for 10% of everything we have raised during our People Powered Economies membership campaign! Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led organization returning land to Indigenous stewardship!

    Please come celebrate with us! RSVP below!

    Sustainable Economies Law Center!

  • Wednesday, June 06, 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.

  • Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 04:30 PM

    Cooperative Solutions to Senior Housing

    Cooperative solutions to housing!This workshop is about the senior housing crisis that is being felt acutely throughout the Bay Area. The rates of homelessness and widespread housing insecurity among elders are unprecedented and will only continue to grow as the shortage of affordable housing plagues society’s most vulnerable.

    While there are no easy solutions, this teach-in will provide updates about new shared housing options and supportive services that might be of assistance in planning for the “third chapter." RSVP BELOW!

    We will discuss:

    • Berkeley’s New Laws on Accesory Dwelling Units

    • A potential home share program in Berkeley

    • Creating or finding senior cooperatives and cohousing

    • Student and nonprofit organizations that assist seniors in looking for shared housing, or aging in place 

    About the Facilitator

    Julie Gilgoff Borchard Fellow in Law and Aging at the Sustainable Economies Law CenterJulie Gilgoff is a Borchard Fellow in Law and Aging at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Her year-long fellowship focuses on collective senior housing options, and permanently affordable housing solutions. As a part of her work, she is collaborating with the Bay Area Community Land Trust to promote a newly forming senior housing cooperative called Hibiscus Commons.

    Netivot Shalom in Berkeley

    Co-sponsored by the East Bay Community Law Center and by the Netivot Shalom Committee on Creative Aging: V'Dor LaDor.

  • Tuesday, June 12, 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.

  • 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?

    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 facilitated by Sustainable Economies Law Center's Policy Director, Christina Oatfield and other Law Center staff and friends, who will share their experiences as food policy advocates, how to find 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!

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 5 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 · 5 rsvps

    Social Enterprise Law Seminar

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    This daylong seminar will offer five CLE credits with courses on the most common topics in social enterprise law:

    • The Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Business
    • Introduction to Cooperatives
    • Drafting Operating Agreements & Bylaws
    • Nonprofit Hybrid Structures
    • Advising Startup Food Businesses

    Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

    Event followed by a 6pm happy hour reception.

    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 has been approved for 5 MCLE credit hours by the State Bar of California.

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