Join Us in Creating More Just and Resilient Economies
Happy Spring, SELC supporters! We’ve been busy preparing the soil of a new legal landscape that supports community resilience. Will you help us sow seeds of resilience this spring?
It's SELC's Spring Membership Campaign!
Help us legalize sharing and grow the movement for more just and resilient economies - join our Community TODAY by becoming a SELC Community Member!
Help Us Reach Our Goal: 224 New Community Members
Like a community-supported farm, SELC thrives when our community invests in our work - whether that is an investment of time or money. That’s why we are excited to launch our new Community Membership Campaign! By becoming a SELC Founding Member, you can turn our advocacy campaigns into new laws, grow our community of passionate new economy advocates, and get special discounts and invitations to future SELC events and workshops!Read more
SELC's Spring Newsletter
Read about how SELC is revolutionizing legal services and cultivating a new legal landscape this Spring!Read more
Other Ways to Support Us
We Recognize that Support Goes Beyond Dollars
Dollars will always be scarce in some communities. That’s why we believe in creating relationships that build community and trust beyond money. Help us build community resilience by ”paying-it-forward” to Sustainable Economies Law Center's next client in need, “paying-it-forward” in your community, or using a local currency to support our work:
Pay for Sustainable Economies Law Center’s next Client:
We provide legal advice to the community trusting that our clients will help strengthen the Sharing Economy. In fact, individual donors drive our ability to provide these services to the community! That means that if you’ve received our services, someone else has paid for your legal advice! Contribute to our center and pay for the next Client who comes into the Legal Cafe.
Join the Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank and Pay-it-Forward:
BACE acts like a local community bank. Instead of money, however, they keep track of time. Earn credits for helping in your community and use them to learn new skills or get help from others. With BACE, the currency is time and everyone’s time is equal. Participants of our Legal Cafe can “Pay-it-forward” by signing up to BACE and crediting our Center the time we provided you at the Legal Cafe!
Use Bay Bucks to pay for legal services:
Bay Bucks is "money designed for the New Economy" - as a Bay-Area business-to-business mutual credit system, Bay Bucks helps local businesses and professionals trade what they have for what they need without using cash. Become a member business and donate your Bay Bucks to the Law Center or pay us directly in Bay Bucks for our legal services.
The Sustainable Economies Law Center values the time, skills, and energy of our communities. Explore the different ways you can contribute to our work by visiting our Get Involved page. Let's further our mission, together.
Every contribution makes a big difference. Thank you so much for helping SELC build strong communities, promote justice and sharing, and grow the movement for more just and resilient local economies.
If you ever have any questions about your contribution, please contact Chris Tittle at [email protected] Thanks!Share Your Thoughts
It’s like a CSA for more resilient communities!
The Sustainable Economies Law Center is a people-powered organization sustained by generous and dedicated folk like you. Our new Community Membership is an invitation to formally join and grow the community of local economy advocates, and ensure our work represents your vision for healthy and inclusive communities.
In return, a small monthly gift or annual contribution will help sustain our work and make us a more resilient organization!
Become a Member Today!
With a monthly pledge of $5 or more, you will:
- Sustain our capacity to:
- Offer direct and accessible legal services through the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe; and
- Empower communities with legal tools and knowledge through our community workshops and teach-ins.
- Receive our thanks, as well as:
- Acknowledgement as one of our indispensable community members on Our Supporters page
- Invitations to member-only happy hours and other networking events connecting the movers and shakers of the new economy;
- The knowledge that you are part of the exciting movement to create more just and resilient local economies;
With an annual gift of $500 or more, you will:
- Sustain our capacity to:
- Advocate for new laws that foster more just and resilient local economies;
- Share replicable and innovative models of community resilience through our eResource Libraries, Sustainable Economies Attorneys Network, and publications; and
- Empower the next generation of community lawyers through our living classroom, unique CLE courses, and the growing Legal Apprentice Movement!
- Receive our thanks, as well as:
- Discounts on all our events, including specialty MCLE courses taught by Janelle Orsi;
- Invitation to special Sustainer events and dinners;
- Acknowledgment on our homepage as an indispensable supporter of our work;
- And that warm feeling of enabling the movement to create truly sustainable and healthy communities
Just as we work to foster economic structures rooted in reciprocity and cooperation, we want to enable a reciprocal relationship with you – the people we work with!
Tell us what you’d like to see as part of the Sustainable Economies Law Center Community! Send your thoughts, suggestions, and questions to Chris [at] theselc.org
Annual Fall Celebration & Showcase
SELC's annual Fall Celebration & Showcase is coming soon! We hold this event every year to celebrate the year's successes, connect with our friends, and thank our supporters in person. As we move into Fall, this is our opportunity to harvest the fruits of our work supporting the transition to more just and resilient local economies - so come on out and give thanks with us!Read more
20 Ways SELC is Changing the World this Summer!
SELC has been working hard since our last newsletter and we want you, our friends and supporters, to know what we've been up to. Read below for 20 exciting ways that SELC has been leading the way towards more just and resilient economies!
1. Legal Cafes
SELC is providing one of the most innovative legal advice clinics in the country, the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. It's 1/3 Legal Advice Clinic, 1/3 Living Classroom, 1/3 Community Building and Collaboration Space! SELC staff and volunteer attorneys provide pay-it-forward legal advice for projects and organizations that build the sharing economy.
SELC has a new look!
The Sustainable Economies Law Center has been working with an international team (no joke!) to create our new logo that will help shape the look for our eResources websites like Co-opLaw.org, UrbanAgLaw.org, CommunityCurrenciesLaw.org, and more!
Our developer, Timo ten Feld, researched the Sustainable Economies Law Center's efforts, accomplishments, and vision and had this to say about how he came up with SELC's new look: The SELC logo is an "organically grown, vibrant little logo made with a little bit of help from Aotearoa’s beautiful South Island [New Zealand]."
The Legal Roots of Resilience
Watch SELC’s new video on the legal roots of just and resilient local communities: