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!

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    Think Outside the Boss - San Jose

    Black Self Determination Through Cooperative Power!

    Cooperative Workshops for Black Entrepreneurs, Workers, & Communities

    We're excited to be co-presenting our Think Outside the Boss workshop with Repaired Nations and Village Connect with the support of the San Leandro African American Business Council, the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce, the African American Community Services, ODOS Synergy Services, and the California Black Expo!

    Think Outside the Boss provides community members an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment, and community wealth-building. If you are an African American entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans and you have Black workers, or an existing worker coop with black worker-members looking for a refresher, this training is for you! At the event, we will have bound copies of the Think Outside the Boss manual for paying attendees! You can also download it for free prior to the event here

    Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page by clicking here.Black Self Determination Through Cooperative Power!

    Attorneys, artists, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more, including: 

    What is a worker-owned business?

    What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?

    How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?

    What are the tax benefits for selling your business to your employees?

    What are the steps to convert your business to a cooperative?

    How do you raise money for a cooperative?

    What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?

    How does employment laws effect worker coops?

    If you have questions, please email Gregory Jackson at his email address below. 

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM · 14 rsvps
    Online Legal Cafe

    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 is a donation-based first-come first-serve legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Note: Keep an eye out for an automated response e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely and an intake form that we need you to fill out.

    Got any questions? E-mail tia@theselc.org!

  • Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 05:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective Cafe

    The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providina 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.

    Alchemy Collective Cafe is a majority Black-owned worker cooperative cafe and has hosted our Legal Cafes for free every month for years!

    Instructions:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slot with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form;

    3. Please fill out the intake form!

    4. Registration closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

     

     

     

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 05:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Law Center in Oakland, CA

    Feb Legal Cafe at Law Center

    The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providina 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.

    Instructions:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slot with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form;

    3. Please fill out the intake form!

    4. Registration closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 05:15 PM · 4 rsvps

    Teach-In: How AB 5 Might Affect Worker Cooperatives, Nonprofits, & Small Businesses

    How AB 5 Might Affect Worker Cooperatives, Nonprofits, & Small Businesses

    Do you hold an HR Role in a worker cooperative? Are you starting or converting to a cooperative and wondering what employment policies you should have for your workers? Join us for this free Legal Cafe Teach-In on how new employment laws under AB 5 might affect your business.

    We'll also have volunteer lawyers ready to give you advice about your worker coop, small business, nonprofit, social enterprise, or housing cooperative. If you want to attend the teach-in and receive legal advice, please RSVP below and then RSVP here for a 30 minute slot with a lawyer. 

    ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

    Hasmik Geghamyan is a community lawyer committed to social and economic justice. Hasmik believes that a cross-functional model of activism, policy, organizing, and law can be effectively used to bring about transformative social and economic change. Hasmik practices in the areas of civil rights, nonprofit law, and democratically-led social enterprises that include worker-owned cooperatives, small businesses. Her law office's active vision is to be part of a long-term, thriving community rooted in resilience and empowerment.

    Christina Oatfield is an attorney specializing in legal issues affecting small businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits. She obtained her license to practice law through an uncommon path: by studying under the guidance of practicing attorneys through the California Office Study Program, which is an apprenticeship and independent study alternative to law school. Before staring her own law practice in 2018, she worked at the Sustainable Economies Law Center for eight years leading legislative advocacy campaigns.

    RSVP here!

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:30 AM · 1 rsvp
    Online Legal Cafe

    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 is a donation-based first-come first-serve legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Note: Keep an eye out for an automated response e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely and an intake form that we need you to fill out.

    Got any questions? E-mail tia@theselc.org!

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM · $15.00 USD
    Webinar

    Webinar: How We Created A Worker-Controlled 401(k)

    At LIFT Economy, a small worker-owned cooperative, we recently set up a workplace 401(k) plan that gives each worker control over how their savings is invested. In this webinar, we'll share the process of how we set it up, how much it cost, and how we are managing it. While the particularities of our approach will not work for all workplaces, you'll get a window into what is generally involved in creating worker-controlled 401(k). In addition, we'll briefly highlight other approaches to creating worker-controlled retirement plans, including SIMPLE IRAs. Lastly, we'd love to hear from and brainstorm with webinar attendees to find out what your hopes and needs are for a workplace plan and how we might collectively bargain for lower-cost plans. 

    Members of The Next Egg network can attend this webinar as part of their membership.  Click here for more information about The Next Egg, our project to help people gain control over how they invest their retirement savings. 

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    Online Legal Cafe

    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 is a donation-based first-come first-serve legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Note: Keep an eye out for an automated response e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely and an intake form that we need you to fill out.

    Got any questions? E-mail tia@theselc.org!

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 05:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective Cafe

    The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providina 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.

    Alchemy Collective Cafe is a majority Black-owned worker cooperative cafe and has hosted our Legal Cafes for free every month for years!

    Instructions:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slot with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form;

    3. Please fill out the intake form!

    4. Registration closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

     

     

     

  • Friday, March 13, 2020 at 09:30 AM
    CompassPoint in Oakland, CA

    Rethinking Nonprofits: Aligning Equity and Justice with Your Organizational Structure

    As nonprofits and movement workers committed to social transformation, how can we embody the change we want to see and create more effective, accountable, and equitable organizations as we do it?

    Training discussion

    This training will explore how to infuse the governance, management, and operational practices of our organizations with our values of social, racial, gender, and ecological justice through a commitment to deep democracy. Grounded in experience and practice, the workshop will support participants in reimagining and redesigning teams, departments, or even their whole organization. Get 20% off if you register 2-4 staff/board by using this coupon code: SELC20

    This experience is ideal for individuals working in or with social justice organizations of all sizes and at all stages of organizational development. All you need is a desire to either develop or refine self-governance practices in your team, program, group or organization. Participants should be people in a position to enact change within their organization. This means operations coordinators, human resource directors, executive directors, leaders of teams, or people with the capacity and energy to start making changes. 

    We strongly recommend that organizations send 2-4 people to the training so you can partner in both sharing the learnings and taking actions when you return to your organization.  Get 20% off if you register 2-4 staff/board by using this coupon code: SELC20

    This workshop will invite you to speak openly about impact of the practices we have inherited from oppressive systems that exist in our world. Then we’ll envision and take action to create a new way in our organizations that aligns with our values and passion for justice and equity. 


     


    About the Presenter

    Presenter Bio & Photo

    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. 

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