Our Strategies:

Legal Education, Research, Advice, and Advocacy for Just and Resilient Economies

Legal Education

We provide accessible and engaging education for communities and legal professionals so that communities everywhere have the legal knowledge they need to create their own resilient economies.


Our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe Teach-ins provide practical and action-oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! Click here for a calendar of our upcoming teach-ins.


Legal Guides

Our three flagship legal guides include "Think Outside the Boss: How to Create a Worker-Owned Business," "Legal Resources for Food Justice Enterprises," and "El Proceso Legal Para Iniciar Tu Negocio Cooperativa." Click here to read the manuals.


Bite-Sized Legal Resources

Have a legal question but not quite ready to read a full legal guide? Then this series of bite-sized legal guides are the perfect first step to set you on the right path. Of course, they should not be relied on as legal advice, but are valuable legal resources nonetheless. Take a look.


MCLE Workshops for Lawyers

Since 2010, we have taught many classes on various facets of practicing law in the sharing economy. For a list of CLE courses you can take online, please click here. For upcoming CLE's, check out our events page.



We regularly host webinars on a wide range of topics, including legal basics for complementary currencies, how to implement workplace democracy in your nonprofit, do-it-yourself policy making, and more. See our events page for upcoming webinars and check out our YouTube channel for recordings of all our past webinars.


Experiential Learning for Legal Professionals

Our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is also a living classroom for law students, legal apprentices, attorneys, and others interested in cultivating the legal roots of more just and resilient economies. Visit our volunteer page to learn about opportunities for practice-based learning at the Legal Cafe.

Legal Research

We do innovative legal research into emerging legal gray areas and advocates for new laws that create a clear legal space for small-scale, democratic, and sustainable practices.

Six Legal Resource Libraries, So Little Time

Did you know that we have six free online legal resource libraries? Each eResource library is stocked with legal guidelines, FAQs, and templates to help navigate complex regulatory landscapes for urban farming, cooperatives, small and community-owned enterprise, community currencies, and food and farming enterprises. Browse the digital stacks of our online Law Libraries here.

Legal Advice

We want to live in a society where reliable and affordable legal support is available to all those creating the transition to localized, resilient economies.

Resilient Communities Legal Cafe

The primary way that the Sustainable Economies Law Center provides legal advice is through our award-winning Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. Find our where the next Legal Cafe is and sign up here.

Policy Advocacy

We develop innovative policy recommendations and spearhead legislative campaigns that enable more localized, just, and resilient economies. 

Advocacy Campaigns and Policy Recommendations

Check out our policy reports & recommendations, active & past campaigns, and our Transformative Policymakers Program here.

For more on our Theory of Change, check out our Mission Page.


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