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    02.04.15 Legal Tools for Worker Cooperatives and the Sharing Economy (CLE Program)
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    Wednesday, February 4, and Thursday, February 5
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

    Feil Hall, Geraldo’s Cafe

    205 State Street

    Register online.

    Students, legal professionals, accountants, and community development organizations are invited to a two-day workshop on legal structures and strategies for cooperative development and sustainable local economies. This workshop will have a special emphasis on worker cooperatives, freelancer-owned cooperatives, land trusts, and alternative capital structures.

    On the first day, attendees will learn about ownership and governance structures being used in the wake of the Great Recession to create a more inclusive economy, including land trusts and housing cooperatives, as well as new financing vehicles that leverage community capital.

    The second day will focus on worker cooperatives and freelancer-owned cooperatives, including entity structure, bylaws and operating agreements, ownership transitions to worker cooperatives, nonprofit incubation of worker cooperatives, employment law, tax structures and more.

    Presenters will include:
    •    Janelle Orsi, Executive Director of Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies  (ABA Books 2012).
    •    Ted De Barbieri, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School
    •    Camille Kerr, Director of Field Building at the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI)
    •    Ricardo Nunez, Cooperatives Program Director at SELC

    For lawyers, this course provides 1 Ethics Credit and 5.5 Professional Practice Credits on Day 1 and 7 Professional Practice credits on Day 2 in the State of New York. You may attend both full days or just one; partial-day attendance will not be eligible for CLE credit. The credits are transitional and non-transitional.

    Financial Aid may be available to participants who meet certain qualifications.  For more information, please email

    The Workshop is presented by the Democracy at Work Institute, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE).

    The Workshop is brought to you by the New York City Worker Cooperative Initiative, supported by the NYC City Council and the New York City Worker Cooperative Coalition.

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