Make friends, have fun, and learn about commercial leases!

It’s legal document writing like you have never experienced it before! As real estate speculators make land grabs in the Bay Area, and low-income communities, communities of color, and small businesses are being uprooted and displaced, it’s time to put control of commercial real estate into the hands of the people! What does that look like? For one thing, it means engaging everyday people in the work of crafting legal documents like commercial leases.

We will work in small teams to translate the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights' (LCCR) Social Justice Commercial Lease Template into an easy to understand legal document. Get ready to re-invent legal documents by combining words, pictures, charts, and more!

The rough timeline of the day will be:

  • 10:00am: Check-in and snacks

  • 10:15am: LCCR's Teach-in on Commercial Leases (This course has been approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bay of California)

  • 11:15am: Divide into groups, discuss how displacement affects your community, and dive rambunctiously into the documents.

  • 12:00pm: Lunch party! Each group can share stories about their document adventures so far.

  • 12:45pm: Go back to groups and continue to translate legal documents!

  • 2:45pm: Group Presentations

  • 3:45pm- 4:00pm: Roam around the room and see what each team put together. It’ll feel like a science fair!

Get ready to help revolutionize the ways that people access, engage with, and reshape the law!

The Sustainable Economies Law Center is co-hosting this event with Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, an economic justice and community empowerment project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. LSE was founded in 1997 by attorneys who recognized that a small business’s long-term viability may be jeopardized when it forgoes legal assistance on fundamental business matters. LSE provides free transactional legal services to low-income individuals who want to start or develop businesses, businesses committed to investing in economically distressed communities, including hiring people with arrest and conviction records, and mom and pop shops located in areas where gentrification is a force for displacement.


Please RSVP by March 25, 2020. 

April 03, 2020 at 10am - 4pm
Sustainable Economies Law Center
1428 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
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Tia Katrina Taruc-Myers ·
Brian Scherer Aida del Valle Bianca Blomquist Rob Yanagida Ricardo Nuñez Nancy Moore Hasmik Geghamyan

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