Legal Clinics

The Community Economic Justice Clinic (CEJ), in collaboration with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), holds three “legal cafes” per month at different locations in the East Bay.

These legal clinics are free and open to East Bay residents. Attorneys on hand will provide brief legal advice to individuals who have questions that fall under one of the areas below. CEJ is especially interested in helping low-income entrepreneurs, minority-owned businesses, non-profits who represent the interests of low-income communities of color in the East Bay, and community groups fighting for equitable housing development.

We provide legal services in the following areas:

  • Starting a business, cooperative, or non-profit
  • Corporate governance
  • Legal audits and compliance issues
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Other legal issues that community groups are facing

To see what legal services SELC provides at these clinics, click here.

We also accept walk-ins!


Legal Workshops

In addition to clinics, CEJ occasionally provides educational legal workshops on specific topics. The purpose of these workshops is to share free legal information and resources with communities interested in specific areas of our work. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Think Outside the Boss (how to start a worker-owned co-op)
  • Legal Eats (starting a small food business)
  • Cooperative and Alternative Housing Solutions

If your community group is interested in CEJ hosting a workshop with your organization or in your community, reach out to us at: CEJ @


Upcoming Events


Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Legal Cafe & Teach-in For Youth Businesses

  • Subject: Join us for a youth-focused legal cafe where youth entrepreneurs ages 25 and under can get free legal support for your business idea. Our event will include a workshop on street vending and business law basics, followed by one-on-one free consultations with law students and attorneys. Bring your business ideas and any questions related to the legalities of your business!
  • When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Where: United Roots, 2781 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
  • RSVP to CEJ @ or by filling out an online form here.


Monday, March 19, 2018 – Legal Cafe

For a comprehensive list of all upcoming workshops between EBCLC and SELC, please visit SELC’s page on Resilient Communities Legal Cafe.

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