Resilient Communities Legal Cafe

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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.

The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. Inaugurated in February 2013, the Legal Cafe runs weekly at different locations from East Oakland to Richmond, California. The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a joint effort of SELC and the Green-Collar Communities Clinic (a project of the East Bay Community Law Center).

How the Legal Cafe Works

The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal advice, workshops, teach-ins, discussions, and legal services to businesses and organizations that are trying to make their communities a better place to live and thrive. The legal advice given at the Legal Cafe is first-come, first-serve, so no appointment is necessary.

At the Legal Cafes, SELC and our volunteers specialize in serving cooperatives, nonprofits, cottage food businesses, social enterprises, urban farms, complimentary currencies, time banks, and small businesses. We provide advice and legal consultations around the following legal areas:

  • Legal formation for small businesses
  • Legal entity choice
  • Employment law
  • Securities law
  • Tax law
  • Contracts
  • Liability issues
  • IP agreements and licensing
  • Environmental Law
  • Food Safety Laws

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