Cooperative for the Modern Era

We are thrilled to announce the details of our 3rd Biennial Cooperative Law Conference: Cooperative for the Modern Era.

This year, our regional conference will bring national and regional experts to discuss the tools needed to advance the growth of a resilient, just, and local economy, from organizing through developing a successful coop. 

Take advantage of the chance to get inspired by some truly talented individuals. Book your ticket today to make sure your spot is reserved!

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This two-day event will feature:

  • Basic and advanced sessions on cooperative formation and their legal structures, cooperative taxation and accounting, cooperative conversion, financing models, zoning concerns, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and platform coops, opportunities for networking with other cooperators, and more!

  • Discussions about challenges and managing expectations between the various actors in the cooperative development process.

  • Q&A with experts and up to a number OH CLE credits (CLE credit pending).

Who should attend? This is a regional event with a focus on Ohio partners but not Ohio law! Private and Legal aid attorneys, co-op practitioners, accountants, and other professionals interested in collaborating with co-op advocates, cooperative worker-owners, business brokers, social investors, lending institutions, and other technical assistance providers seeking to better understand the workings of multi-stakeholder cooperatives. Advocates and cooperators from the bordering states are encouraged to register. Some but not all sessions may be available for online participation. This experience will show how these professionals can spark the movement to empower community-based initiatives to be the drivers of change through cooperatives and social enterprises while building a regional network of practitioners.

3rd Biennial Cooperative Law Conference
This year, our regional conference will bring national and regional experts to discuss the tools needed to advance the growth of a resilient, just, and local economy, from organizing through developing a successful coop.
Jan 24, 2023, 9:00 AM EST – Jan 25, 2023, 6:00 PM EST
2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Our Schedule

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10 AM

Opening Remarks

10:15AM - 10:45AM

Worker Cooperatives: Landscape of worker cooperatives and areas for future growth 

10:50AM - 12PM


Employment Law and Worker Co-ops

Speaker: Professor Ariana Levinson (University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law)

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Panel 1

Cooperatives and labor movements: history, policy, and regulatory frameworks

Speakers: Lela Klein (Co-op Dayton), Kristen Barker (Co-op Cincy)

2:20PM - 3:20PM


Legal Considerations for Immigrant-Based Worker Cooperatives

Speakers: Kristen Barker (Co-op Cincy), Professor Andrea Contigiani (Ohio State University Fisher College of Business)

3:30PM - 4:30PM


Legal Structures for Worker-Ownership - Introduction to worker co-ops, ESOPs, and Employee Ownership Trusts 

Speakers: Eric Britton, esq., Jacqueline Radebaugh, esq.

4:30 - 5:30PM



8:45AM - 9:30AM


Nonprofits, incubators, and cooperatives: fiscal sponsorship and other similar relationships for cooperative funding, and how to use charitable funding for coop

Speakers: Matt Rossman (Case Western Reserve University Law School), Chris Cooper (Ohio Employee Ownership Center)

9:30AM - 10:30AM

Simultaneous breakdowns

101: Cooperative legal entity types and the rise of limited cooperative associations

Speaker: Jacqueline Radebaugh, esq.

201: Innovation in cooperative financing and securities regulation

Speaker: Elizabeth Carter, esq., ELC Esq., LLC

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Simultaneous breakdowns

101: Cooperative Accounting 101 (accounting) and Tax Implications of Entity Choice Decisions

Speaker: Mavery Davis (New Economy Works WV)

201: Governance design for LCAs and/or multi-stakeholder co-ops 

Speaker: Jason Wiener, esq., Jason Wiener p.c.

11:45AM - 1:30PM: Lunch

Keynote Speaker

21 century cooperatives: multistakeholder, platform, and DAO cooperatives – what’s new? (future of coops)

Keynote Speaker: Nathan Schneider

2:45PM - 4PM


How Can the Legal Community Support Cooperative Entrepreneurs? A panel with co-op practitioners 

Speakers: Amaha Sellassie & Lela Klein (Gem City Market), Piper Fernwey (Clifton Crafthouse Cooperative)

Moderator: Hannah Scott, esq., Ohio State University Center for Cooperative Development

4:00PM - 4:40PM

Supporting Community-Led Shared Ownership Enterprises: A Roundtable with Legal Aid Attorneys  
Speakers: Paul Bryson, esq., Michael Russell, esq., Matt Currie, esq.
Moderator: Professor Paige Wilson,

1:30PM - 2:45PM

Simultaneous breakdowns

101: DAO cooperatives – when blockchain overlaps with cooperative values, and other web3 matters.

Speaker: Yev Muchnik, esq., Launch Legal

101: Community Controlled Housing in Ohio: Housing Cooperatives, Community Land Trusts, and other Models for Housing Democracy

Speakers: Margery Spinney, Carol Smith, Emily Seibel (YS Home Inc.)

Moderator: Michael Russell, esq., The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

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Our Speakers

Get to Know Them


Lela Klein

Attorney. Co-op Dayton Executive Director

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Hannah Scott

Attorney. Program Manager, CFAES Center for Cooperatives

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Mavery Davis

Certified Public Accountant


Matthew Currie

Managing Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Adjunct Professor of Law, UD School of Law

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Amaha Sellassie

Gem City Market Board President

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Nathan Schneider

Assistant Professor, Media Studies

University of Colorado Boulder

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Ariana Levinson

Law Professor, Louis D. Brandais School of Law

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Elizabeth Carter

Managing Attorney, ELC esq., LCC


Michael S. Russell

Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

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Paul Bryson

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Jacqueline R. Radebaugh

Senior Associate Attorney, Jason Wiener p.c., a public benefit corporation

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Kristen Baker

Co-op Cincy Executive Director

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Ellen Vera

Director of Co-op Organizing and Development, Co-op Cinci

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Andrea Contigiani

Assistant Professor, Fisher College of Business

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Yev Muchnik

Attorney, Founding Partner, Launch Legal, LLC

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Jason Wiener

Attorney, Principal, Jason Wiener p.c., a public benefit corporation

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Dianna Parker

Director of Pro Bono & Community Engagement, Legal Aid Society of Columbus

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Chris Cooper

Director, Ohio Employee Ownership Center

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The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Center for Cooperatives comprehensively integrates the teaching, research and Extension programs of the College. The Center creates and extends knowledge to emerging and existing cooperatives in Ohio and beyond.

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Alliance of Ohio Legal Aids 

The Alliance of Ohio Legal Aids is a membership consortium of Ohio legal aid organizations. As part of the Alliance, the Ohio Training Advisory Committee (OTAC) provides training coordination and support to staff at Ohio legal aid programs

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Advocates for Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is a non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.



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