Community Enterprise Law, a project of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), hopes to provide accessible legal information, best practices, and supporting tools for community-based enterprises and nonprofits. Our regular contributors include:
Cameron Holland, Attorney, www.cameronholland.com
Cameron Holland is a San Francisco Bay Area-based attorney serving nonprofits, social enterprise and small business. She worked four years for the federal government on complex matters of federal and international law and opened her practice in 2012. She provides counsel in the following areas:
- choosing the best legal entity for the client;
- formation of partnerships, LLCs, nonprofits, and corporations;
- tax exemption, including applications for welfare exemption;
- contract review, drafting and negotiation;
- ongoing nonprofit and tax exempt issues and liability management;
- governance requirements;
- IP agreements and licensing.
Cameron is a 2007 graduate of the University California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she was active in the East Bay Worker’s Rights Clinic and the California Asylum Representation Clinic. She also served as extern for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson. She is member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the California Bar Association, as well as the California Association of Nonprofits and the Northern California Peace Corps Association.
Caroline Lee, Staff Attorney, Caroline.SELC@gmail.com
Caroline Lee is a Staff Attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center working with the Community Enterprises and Community Renewable Energy Programs. Her research includes analysis of social enterprise access to growth capital and startup financing, entity formation, federal and state securities laws, federal and state money transmitter laws, and innovative business models for community ownership of energy. Caroline is passionate about working with small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs in the new economy.
Caroline received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2013, with a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law, and also served as the Senior Editor of Ecology Law Currents. In 2006, she graduated with a B.A. in Community Studies with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her previous experience includes law clerk with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, summer associate with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, and the United Nations and Fiji’s Department of Environment where she drafted Fiji’s first recycling regulation.
Devin McDougall, Attorney
Devin McDougall is an attorney in private practice in New York City. He is associated with Sive, Paget, and Riesel, a law firm specializing in environmental law. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from McGill University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. During law school, he served as a summer law clerk at the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco, participated in the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic, and conducted research on nonprofit law and legal tools for facilitating renewable energy. He is the author of “Reconciling Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife and Massachusetts v. EPA on the Set of Procedural Rights Eligible for Relaxed Article III Standing,” which was published in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and received the journal’s Best Note Prize. He lives in Brooklyn and enjoys New York City history, cooking, computers, and music. He is admitted to practice in New York State.
Janelle Orsi, Executive Director and SELC Co-Founder
Outside of her work with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Janelle Orsi is an attorney and mediator focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. Through the Law Office of Janelle Orsi, she works with cooperatives, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and others doing innovative work to change the world. She attended UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In 2010, Janelle was profiled by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel, an attorney who is “remaking the legal profession through the power of innovation.” In 2012, Janelle was one of 100 people listed on The (En)Rich List, which names individuals “whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.” Janelle is author of the book Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds.
Jenny Kassan, Community-Supported Entrepreneurship Program Director and SELC Co-Founder
Jenny Kassan is an attorney and community development consultant, specializing in environmentally friendly and socially responsible ventures. She is the managing director of K2 Law Group and C.E.O. of Cutting Edge Capital, a business that helps social enterprises raise capital from their communities. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, business agreements, real estate development, franchising, cooperatives, and assessment districts. Jenny earned a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She worked for eleven years at the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents.