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!

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 at 05:00 PM PDT · $5.00 USD · 22 rsvps
    Zoom

    MCLE: Advising Tenant Unions

    Attn: Legal Cafe volunteers, transactional lawyers, housing advocates, and attorneys in need of MCLE credits! 

    Join us on September 21st at 5:00PM PDT for the Radical Real Estate Law School's first ever MCLE workshop on how to advise tenant unions organizing to purchase their building! In this seminar, we will go over the history of tenant unions, case studies, and tips on how to advise tenant unions who want to purchase and cooperatize their building. This workshop is brought to you by our Staff Attorney Jay Cumberland and our Legal Apprentice Hope Williams. We will e-mail the Zoom log-in details to RSVPs on September 21st.

    Over the next four years, through learning and practice, our Radical Real Estate Law School legal apprentices will work to change how communities access land and housing through a radical reimagining of the law. Our vision is to decommodify land and housing so that all people can exercise their right to live, work, and gather together.

    This MCLE has been approved for 1.5 MCLE Credit Hours by the State Bar of California

    Note: There are two ticket levels! One for lawyers who need MCLE credits and one for community members. If you cannot afford to pay for a ticket, please email tia@theselc.org to request a scholarship. We want this event to be as accessible as possible.

    About the Presenters

    Hope is a legal apprentice at the Sustainable Economies Law Center! She is excited to finally begin her path to becoming an attorney advocate that helps black and brown marginalized communities. Devoted to housing rights and organizing people power to fight the oppressive white supermacist regime, Hope spends most of her time making sure that the law is accessible to the people. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelors in Political Science. As the Assistant Director of their legal center, she organized events that revolved around housing, immigration, and mass incarceration. During and after school, Hope worked for one of the most powerful unions in the world: Local 2 UniteHere!. They trained her on how to boycott, organize, and agitate. She has been arrested twice with them. 

    Jay believes political theory, social movement theory, and an international perspective must inform his work supporting housing cooperative conversions and worker cooperative conversions. These conversions are, after all, political exercises happening in social spaces around the globe. Learning about Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi somewhat immediately propelled Jay into this work. He believes there’s a thick relationship between that introduction to cooperative economics and politics and the way he approaches his present work. Jay’s approach finds less excitement in creating things from scratch than in making existing things different. In a world without unoccupied political space, he believes it is not only exciting but also necessary to learn to travel through what exists to arrive at our imagined futures.

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 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:

    ✅ 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.

    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 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 Daylight Time.

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

  • Friday, October 16, 2020 at 09:00 AM PDT
    Webinar

    In an Eggshell: Rolling Over your Retirement Savings

    If your goal is to maximize your control of your retirement savings, it’s often necessary to combine multiple retirement savings accounts into one. In this 20 minute workshop (followed by 10 minutes of discussion), we’ll share what we’ve learned about rollovers: what kinds of accounts can be rolled over into others, when, and how? We’ll hone in on a few examples of Next Egg community members who did rollovers and share what steps were involved.

     

    The Next Egg creates resources, builds communities, and shares tools necessary so that millions of us can move our retirement savings out of Wall Street and into our local communities. These tools include self-directed IRAs, solo 401ks, and employer retirement plans. Join us
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 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:

    ✅ 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.

    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 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 Daylight Time.

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

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