Legal Tools for the Sharing Economy

Presented by Attorney Janelle Orsi (Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center)

with Portland Attorney Ashlee Albies (Associate, Creighton and Rose PC)

You must register at to attend this workshop!

Community-members, attorneys, and entrepreneurs alike are invited to attend a two-day workshop examining legal strategies for the creation of sustainable, localized and sharing economies.  This workshop will look at some of the key ingredients of the transition to a new economy, including:

  • Cooperatives
  • Community-owned enterprises
  • Social enterprise
  • Local currencies
  • Barter economies
  • Ecovillages
  • Cohousing
  • Local investing
  • Car sharing
  • Urban agriculture
  • Cottage-scale industries

How might these trends and practice transform our communities and what are the legal tools we will need to catalyze change?  The  two-day workshop will address the unique legal questions that arise in efforts to build more sustainable economies, including those relating to entity formation and structure, securities laws, employment laws, tax laws, real estate law, zoning laws, risk management, and regulation of commercial activity.  Presenters will highlight unique solutions and examine innovative organizations leading the way.

The primary focus will be legal strategies and tools that can be employed within the existing legal framework, though there will also be some discussion of ways to advocate for better policies.   Among other things, participants will gain tools and understandings helpful in forming and structuring organizations, making contracts and agreements, raising capital for community-owned enterprises, and navigating the vast and interesting world of legal regulation.

Meets 9 AM to 4 PM both days.  Venue TBA (will be in close-in Portland, with good access to bike routes and public transit).

NOTE: You must also register on Eventbrite (link below).

Eventbrite - Legal Tools for the Sharing Economy

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  • FionaRhea

    Sharon was very well prepared and extremely informative. Loved the cartoon slides and her heartfelt desire to make the world better through sharing.

    October 7, 2012

  • kelley

    Can anyone resend me a link for the documents ? Mine say "File Damaged". Can anyone else open their documents?

    October 5, 2012

    • kelley

      133 page reader for workshop

      October 5, 2012

    • kelley

      Did you get an email

      October 5, 2012

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