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, 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 · 5 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. 
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    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.

  • Wednesday, June 23, 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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