Upcoming Events

Be part of the movement for more just and resilient economies!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. And we don't only provide in-person events for you to connect with us, we provide online trainings and travel across the country to support grassroots economic empowerment. Don't miss out!

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Find Sustainable Economies Law Center's events below!

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Online 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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    If you need advice about starting a worker-owned cooperative, converting an existing business into a cooperative, organizing a housing cooperative, founding a nonprofit or other social enterprise, please RSVP below! Here are some questions we will be prepared to answer:

    ✅ Radical Real Estate Law: How to form a housing cooperative, real estate cooperative, or nonprofit housing? 
    ✅ 
    Legal formation for small businesses: What are the regulations and requirements to have your organization legally function?
    ✅ Legal entity choice: Should your org be a for profit, non-profit, and which legal entity fits best with your vision?
    ✅ Employment law: Whether you're an employer, employee, or a cooperative, we can answer questions on how to prevent or resolve issues?
    ✅ Tax law: What are the ways to receive tax exemption for your org?
    ✅ Contracts: Contract review, drafting, and negotiation
    ✅ Liability issues: What are your governance requirements to avoid liability?
    ✅ Environmental Law: Do you have questions about how to create more green spaces for your community? 

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Tia ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:30 AM PDT · $1.00 USD
    Zoom

    JOBS Act

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    Moderated by Elizabeth L. Carter, Esq., of Elizabeth L. Carter, Esq., LLC, crowdfunding securities law firm, The Next Egg is hosting a panel about the past, present, and future of the JOBS Act with Ojan Mobedshahi of the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Jenny Kassan of Jenny Kassan Consulting, and Jonny Price of WeFunder. 

    We'll explore topics like the JOBS Act's relevancy to the mass egg-sodus of $32 trillion of retirement dollars out of Wall Street, if and how the JOBS Act supports intergenerational wealth-building, its impact on racial, gender, and class equity, and more. We'll begin with Elizabeth Carter explaining some basics about the JOBS Act of 2012 and 2017, the recent 2021 crowdfunding changes by the SEC, as well as racial, gender and economic justice outcomes and limitations. Then we'll have a moderated Q&A with the panelists wherein attendees can pose questions.

    As always, this event will be recorded and posted in The Next Egg's video archive and the social media pages and website of Elizabeth L. Carter, Esq., LLC for future viewing.

    For a primer on the JOBS Act, please refer to Elizabeth's Law Clerk Chynnique Ross' 4-minute read, "Benefits and Limitations of Investment Crowdfunding."

    We want to make this accessible to everyone, so if you can't afford to donate at any of the ticket prices below, please contact Valeriya at [email protected] 

    Panelist Bios:

    Elizabeth Carter, Esq  is a crowdfunding securities attorney who represents startups, small businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, and other social enterprises with the legal strategy and compliance of raising capital from both accredited and non-accredited investors. She currently serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the Advisory Boards of Seaway, A Division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union; National Public Housing Museum; and the Lawndale Christian Community Development Corporation of Chicago.

    Prior, Elizabeth has provided legal representation to individuals, nonprofits, small businesses, and government agencies in various community economic development initiatives, including serving as General Counsel to a Black-owned limited-equity housing cooperative with over two hundred affordable housing units for seniors, and persons of low income; and as Special Counsel within the Department of Economic and Housing Development of the City of Newark where she provided lead counsel to an $8.1 million affordable housing cooperative project and authored the City's amended tax abatement ordinance which provides tax incentives for inclusionary development by women, racial minorities, and cooperatives.

    Elizabeth also founded and served as Lead Counsel & Executive Director of the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center, Inc. (@ucelc), a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to create and support cooperative enterprises within marginalized communities in order to promote local sustainability.

    Ojan Mobedshahi is the Finance Director and a Staff Owner at the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC), a democratic, People of Color led cooperative that takes land and housing off the speculative market to create permanently affordable, community controlled land and housing. Before working at EB PREC Ojan worked in sustainable land use, real estate brokerage, and property development. Outside of EB PREC Ojan is a permaculture designer and certified landscape contractor, and runs his own landscape design/build company, Happy Planet Landscaping. With a background in economics, Ojan strives to bring the financial and strategic know-how to help visionary organizations build their capacity and long term sustainability, to create just transition to a regenerative and just economy for all.

    Jenny Kassan has 25 years of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars from values-aligned investors and raised over $1.5 million for her own businesses. She is the author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, October 2017). Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. She served on the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. She submitted the petition to the SEC that led to the passage of the 2012 JOBS Act and was present at the White House signing ceremony. Jenny is also a fellow at Democracy Collaborative and the co-founder of the Force for Good Fund.

    Jonny Price is the VP of Fundraising at Wefunder, where he helps entrepreneurs raise capital from their fans and community. Before Wefunder, Jonny led the Kiva U.S. team at the non-profit Kiva.org, and before that he worked as a strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman. Originally from the UK, Jonny is the proud dad of Felicity (4), Carlyle (2) and Margot (0!).

    Date/time: Wed Apr 28, 11:30 AM PST  / 1:30 PM CST / 2:30 PM EST

    Zoom info will be shared upon registration.

    We want to make this accessible to everyone, so if you can't afford to donate at any of the ticket prices below, please contact Valeriya at [email protected] 
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM PDT · $12.50 USD · 1 rsvp
    Zoom

    Professionalism in a Cooperative Law Practice: Developing and Growing a Practice Centered on Cooperative Law

    Monthly Webinar Series | Cooperative Professionals Guild

    ATTN: Lawyers interested in setting up a sustainable economies legal practice!

    Looking to develop or up-level a cooperative or sustainable economies law practice and go from solo to organizational? Want to be surrounded and supported by a team of values aligned and collaborative professionals? Jason Weiner and Linda Phillips from Jason Wiener P.C. will discuss how to develop and scale a practice centered on cooperative and sustainable economies law that is regenerative, self-sustaining, and furthers the core values of our sector. Learn how to prioritize anti-oppression work in and through a sustainable economies law practice, while earning sustainable income.

    We will discuss how to:

    ✅ Develop and scale up a sustainable economies legal practice using  B-Corp certification;
    ✅ Cultivate and grow a mutualistic professional network; 
    ✅ Recruit, train and build a team;
    Develop a self-sustaining revenue model that fosters a work-life balance.

    This Webinar has been approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

    Dues paying members of the Cooperative Professionals Guild receive access to this webinar for a 50% discount ($12.50). Not a member? Join today by clicking here!

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Online 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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    If you need advice about starting a worker-owned cooperative, converting an existing business into a cooperative, organizing a housing cooperative, founding a nonprofit or other social enterprise, please RSVP below! Here are some questions we will be prepared to answer:

    ✅ Radical Real Estate Law: How to form a housing cooperative, real estate cooperative, or nonprofit housing? 
    ✅ 
    Legal formation for small businesses: What are the regulations and requirements to have your organization legally function?
    ✅ Legal entity choice: Should your org be a for profit, non-profit, and which legal entity fits best with your vision?
    ✅ Employment law: Whether you're an employer, employee, or a cooperative, we can answer questions on how to prevent or resolve issues?
    ✅ Tax law: What are the ways to receive tax exemption for your org?
    ✅ Contracts: Contract review, drafting, and negotiation
    ✅ Liability issues: What are your governance requirements to avoid liability?
    ✅ Environmental Law: Do you have questions about how to create more green spaces for your community? 

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Tia ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Online 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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    If you need advice about starting a worker-owned cooperative, converting an existing business into a cooperative, organizing a housing cooperative, founding a nonprofit or other social enterprise, please RSVP below! Here are some questions we will be prepared to answer:

    ✅ Radical Real Estate Law: How to form a housing cooperative, real estate cooperative, or nonprofit housing? 
    ✅ 
    Legal formation for small businesses: What are the regulations and requirements to have your organization legally function?
    ✅ Legal entity choice: Should your org be a for profit, non-profit, and which legal entity fits best with your vision?
    ✅ Employment law: Whether you're an employer, employee, or a cooperative, we can answer questions on how to prevent or resolve issues?
    ✅ Tax law: What are the ways to receive tax exemption for your org?
    ✅ Contracts: Contract review, drafting, and negotiation
    ✅ Liability issues: What are your governance requirements to avoid liability?
    ✅ Environmental Law: Do you have questions about how to create more green spaces for your community? 

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Tia ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

  • Tuesday, June 08, 2021 at 10:00 AM PDT · $12.50 USD · 4 rsvps
    Zoom

    International Cooperative Law and Cooperative Enabling Environments

    Monthly Webinar Series | Cooperative Professionals Guild

    ATTN: Cooperative attorneys, accountants, policymakers, and developers!

    The U.N. International Labour Organization Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation (no.193 of 2002) provides that governments should create a supportive policy and legal framework for cooperatives that, among other measures, includes provisions to assist cooperatives in contributing to sustainable human development and eliminating all forms of discrimination. Professor Hagen Henrÿ, a contributor to ILO Recommendation 193, will argue that international cooperative law is binding on national legislators but requires a translation of recognized cooperative principles into local legal rules. He will discuss the obstacles to this translation including the peculiarity of cooperative principles, the radically changing notion of enterprise (hence that of cooperative enterprise), and the challenges in identifying the real lawmakers in a globalized world.

    The workshop attendee will: 

    ✅ Gain awareness of sources of international cooperative law. 
    ✅ 
    Gain familiarity with ILO Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation (no.193 of 2002).
    ✅ 
    Became more knowledgeable about international cooperative enabling environments.
    ✅ 
    Become more knowledgeable regarding particular provisions of non-United States law that have facilitated cooperative development.

    This Webinar has been approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

    Speaker Info:

    Hagen Henrÿ was born in 1952. After high school in Germany and the United States he studied law and French language at Saarbrücken and Geneva and qualified as a German judge in 1981. Post graduate studies in development issues and development law took him back to Geneva and to Paris. While already working he completed a licentiate, a doctorate and a professorship qualification in law at the University of Helsinki. Prior to working at the University of Helsinki (2011-2020) he worked as Chief of the Cooperative Branch of the ILO, as legal advisor to the German Federal Minister of Economy and at the universities of Geneva and Saarbrücken. Since 1994 Henrÿ has consulted on cooperative policy and legislation in/for some 65 countries for national, regional and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, among which the ILO, the FAO, the World Bank, the EU, the OECD, the International Trade Center and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). Since 2013 he has been coordinating the ICA Cooperative Law Committee. He retired from the University of Helsinki at the end of 2020. He has published more than 100 articles, 2 books and co-edited several books on development questions, land law, comparative law and cooperative law and has been a frequent contributor to seminars and conferences in many countries over many years. He is member of several scientific associations and of editorial boards of scientific journals. He has taught cooperative law and policy and comparative law at several universities and other institutions.

    Meegan Moriarty is the Cooperative Public Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. She leads a nationwide project researching, comparing and analyzing state cooperative statutes and tracks federal legal developments affecting cooperatives.

    Dues paying members of the Cooperative Professionals Guild receive access to this webinar for a 50% discount ($12.50). Not a member? Join today by clicking here!

  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Online 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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    If you need advice about starting a worker-owned cooperative, converting an existing business into a cooperative, organizing a housing cooperative, founding a nonprofit or other social enterprise, please RSVP below! Here are some questions we will be prepared to answer:

    ✅ Radical Real Estate Law: How to form a housing cooperative, real estate cooperative, or nonprofit housing? 
    ✅ 
    Legal formation for small businesses: What are the regulations and requirements to have your organization legally function?
    ✅ Legal entity choice: Should your org be a for profit, non-profit, and which legal entity fits best with your vision?
    ✅ Employment law: Whether you're an employer, employee, or a cooperative, we can answer questions on how to prevent or resolve issues?
    ✅ Tax law: What are the ways to receive tax exemption for your org?
    ✅ Contracts: Contract review, drafting, and negotiation
    ✅ Liability issues: What are your governance requirements to avoid liability?
    ✅ Environmental Law: Do you have questions about how to create more green spaces for your community? 

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Tia ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Online 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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    If you need advice about starting a worker-owned cooperative, converting an existing business into a cooperative, organizing a housing cooperative, founding a nonprofit or other social enterprise, please RSVP below! Here are some questions we will be prepared to answer:

    ✅ Radical Real Estate Law: How to form a housing cooperative, real estate cooperative, or nonprofit housing? 
    ✅ 
    Legal formation for small businesses: What are the regulations and requirements to have your organization legally function?
    ✅ Legal entity choice: Should your org be a for profit, non-profit, and which legal entity fits best with your vision?
    ✅ Employment law: Whether you're an employer, employee, or a cooperative, we can answer questions on how to prevent or resolve issues?
    ✅ Tax law: What are the ways to receive tax exemption for your org?
    ✅ Contracts: Contract review, drafting, and negotiation
    ✅ Liability issues: What are your governance requirements to avoid liability?
    ✅ Environmental Law: Do you have questions about how to create more green spaces for your community? 

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Tia ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

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