By Sustainable Economies Law Center Staff Attorney, Cameron Rhudy
It’s Here, it’s Here, it’s Finally Here! Our Guide to Starting a Legal Cafe
Over the years we have received many inquiries from attorneys who want to start legal clinics in their community that resemble our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. In response, we have created our Practical Guide to Starting a Legal Cafe, a comprehensive guide for how to do just that. In the guide you will learn how to get the basics of your Legal Cafe in place and how to create that unique Legal Cafe experience. The guide also includes sample intake documents and a breakdown of tasks for scheduling and planning your Legal Cafe.Read more
The Sustainable Economies Law Center provides 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.
Several times per year, the Sustainable Economies Law Center hosts half-day in-person workshops on how to start a worker cooperative and how to start a small food business. We also 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.
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 or download the manuals.
The Law Center also hosts five free online legal resource libraries - learn more on our Legal Research page.
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.
Our Teach-ins provide practical, participatory, and action-oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! Click here for more information on upcoming and past teach-ins. If you'd like to teach or host a teach-in, please visit our Legal Cafe volunteer page.
Since 2010, we have taught many classes on various facets of practicing law in the sharing economy. In Fall of 2013, the Law Center offered a 10-class workshop series to attorneys and recent law school graduates. Click here for details of the workshops. We'll be offering a similar series in 2015.
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.