How to Pay Ourselves Equitably

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At the Law Center, we base our wages and bonuses on a calculator that takes into account a staffer’s location, dependents, and socioeconomic background. Is it legal to do this? How can we pay ourselves equitably without violating employment laws, anti discrimination laws, and nonprofit laws? If you’re interested in building a salary calculator for your collective, join us!

At this webinar, we will discuss:
☑️ examples of salary calculators
☑️ corporate and nonprofit laws
☑️ employment and civil rights laws
☑️ Q&A

About the Speakers:

alejandraAlejandra Cruz is a staff attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Her areas of focus include the Law Center’s Food & Farm and Community Renewable Energy Programs. She is passionate about racial justice, immigrant rights, and health equity, and comes to the Law Center motivated to work towards achieving economic justice for the communities that are close to her heart. She has worked for various legal services organizations serving low-income communities of color. Her practice areas include consumer law, medical-legal partnership, and immigration law. Throughout her career, Alejandra has taken great care to provide compassionate counsel to people living with disabilities, including mental health and substance use disorders, chronic illness, and intellectual disabilities.

hopeHope Wiliams 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 supremacist 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. 

KikiKiki Council is a lawyer and activist. She is currently an active member of the Colorado legal community, including the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Sam Cary Bar Association (Colorado’s Black and African American bar association), the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, and Colorado Attorneys Against Police Violence. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Cobalt, a Colorado nonprofit dedicated to furthering reproductive rights and abortion access for all.

Before joining The Forefront Project, Kiki practiced labor and employment litigation at Campbell Litigation, P.C. in Denver. Prior to that, she obtained a JD from the University of Colorado Law School, clerked for Judge Allison Eid on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and practiced commercial litigation at Holland & Hart LLP in Denver. Kiki has also honed a pro bono practice focused on immigrant rights and judicial bypass hearings for minors. In 2020, Kiki was honored to receive the Attorney of the Year award from the Colorado LGBT Bar Association for her efforts in the racial justice movement.

As a mixed Black, bisexual woman, Kiki is passionate about social justice, particularly reproductive rights, health, and justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial justice. In her work, she strives to secure every human’s legal and social rights to autonomy over their choices for their bodies.


Shirley McLaughlin is an Associate Attorney at Adler & Colvin. She specializes in Formation and Tax-Exempt Status, Public Charities, Private Foundations, Grantmaking and Social Investing, Social Enterprise, Nonprofit Structures, Relationships and Affiliations, and International Charitable Transactions and Operations. 

Ms. McLaughlin is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar Association, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.  She is also the Chair of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the California Lawyers Association Taxation Section.

TiaTia Katrina Taruc-Myers is the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Director of Legal Education. She organizes the Law Center's teach-ins, webinars, legal cafes, policy cafes, legal beehives, MCLE seminars, online resources, and more! She co-founded the Radical Real Estate Law School and leads the Law Center's Legal Cafe Program. Passionate about redistributing power and wealth, Tia spends her time promoting participatory budgeting and community control of everything.

We will have an ASL interpreter working at this event. 

If you need Spanish 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.

This activity has been approved for 1 MCLE credit by the California Bar.

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September 27, 2021 at 11:00am - 12pm PDT
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