Presented by Attorney Janelle Orsi (Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center)
with Portland Attorney Ashlee Albies (Associate, Creighton and Rose PC)
NOTE: You must register at http://sharingpdx.eventbrite.com 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:
- Community-owned enterprises
- Social enterprise
- Local currencies
- Barter economies
- 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).