Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies
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Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies

Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies
Product Code: 1620513
About the Author: Janelle Orsi
Publication Date: August 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61438-546-2
Page Count: 630
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About Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies

To most law students and lawyers, practicing transactional law isn't an obvious path to saving the world. But as the world's economic and ecological meltdowns demand that we redesign our livelihoods, our enterprises, our communities, our organizations, our food system, our housing, and much more, transactional lawyers are needed, en masse, to aid in an epic reinvention of our economic system.

This reinvention is referred to by many names--the "sharing economy," the "grassroots economy," the "new economy"--and involves new and different ways of consuming, producing, and transacting with each other. This new economy facilitates community ownership, localized production, sharing, cooperation, small scale enterprise, and the regeneration of economic and natural abundance. Sharing economy lawyers make the exploding numbers of social enterprises, cooperatives, urban farms, cohousing communities, time banks, local currencies, and the vast array of unique organizations arising from the sharing economy possible and legal.

There are nine primary areas of work that sharing economy lawyers should become familiar with, and
each is addressed in a chapter of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy:

--Designing and Drafting Agreements
--Choosing, Forming, and Structuring Entities
--Advising on the Legalities and Taxation of Exchange
--Navigating Securities Regulations
--Navigating Employment Regulations
--Navigating Regulations on Production and Commerce
--Managing Relationships with and Use of Land
--Managing Intellectual Property
--Managing Risk

The work of lawyers helping to build the sharing economy will often be challenging, but will always be interesting and demand creativity. Perhaps best of all, these lawyers will contribute greatly to the creation of a world in which innumerable people have now decided they want to live.
What Others are Saying

"A unique and indispensable handbook for anyone working in the field of alternative ownership design. We've long needed this book, and at last it's here."
--Marjorie Kelly, fellow, Tellus Institute, and Director of Ownership Strategy, Cutting Edge Capital; author of Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution

"As Orsi notes in this invaluable book, lawyers often "work for firms that grease the wheels of the very economic system that is causing the widespread ecological and social distress." But this does not have to be the case! In Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy, she and her contributing co-authors provide an impressive roadmap to a range of innovative legal forms that can help communities build wealth and create the building blocks of a new economy."
--Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism, and Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy, University of Maryland

"What William Blackstone did for the common law in the 18th century, Janelle Orsi has done for Sharing Economy Law in the 21st. This monumental treatise defines, legitimates, and elaborates the key legal challenges facing U.S. new economy advocates, and in terms that even non-lawyers can understand and deploy in their day-to-day work. Whatever your angle--cooperatives, co-housing, alternative currencies, CSAs, social enterprise, crowdfunding--this book belongs front and center on your desk."
--Michael Shuman, JD, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense and The Small-Mart Revolution

"Every once in a while someone sees the emerging pattern of a new order of things and is able to bring conceptual clarity and useful tools to it, thus defining a new field. That is what Janelle Orsi has done in her remarkable book on the sharing economy. Collaborative consumption, credit unions, co-ops, community enterprises, and other features of the sharing economy require laws that work for them. In Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy, Orsi shows how it can be done."
--James Gustave Speth, JD, author of America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (Yale Press, 2012).

"This is a book for those who have hoped and dreamed of a way to practice law that was good for lawyers, clients and the planet."
--J. Kim Wright, JD, Founder of Cutting Edge Law & Author of Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law

"Can a sharing economy emerge from and transform capitalism? Janelle Orsi's brilliant exegesis argues it can. Her book is a welcome clarion call to lawyers to learn and apply the rules that can support new forms of sharing and cooperation and to identify and change the rules that could inhibit or even endanger their continued growth."
--David Morris, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, author of Self Reli-ant Cities: Energy and the Transformation of Urban America, and Seeing the Light: Regaining Control of Our Electricity System

"This book breaks new ground by taking conventional legal practice and turning it on its head. Orsi provides concrete examples of practicing law through a paradigm of cooperation and sharing, rather than competition. At a time of significant economic and environmental breakdowns, Orsi courageously presents a set of lawyering principles that promote sustainable communities and advance the common good. What an opportunity, especially for young, unemployed attorneys: to consider a legal practice that contributes to a sharing economy and environmental sustainability."
--Patricia Siemen, OP, JD, Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law