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!
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.
Don’t Miss Out
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
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
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
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
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
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
Get to Know Them
Assistant Professor, Media Studies
University of Colorado Boulder
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Jacqueline R. Radebaugh
Senior Associate Attorney, Jason Wiener p.c., a public benefit corporation
Director of Co-op Organizing and Development, Co-op Cinci
Assistant Professor, Fisher College of Business
Attorney, Founding Partner, Launch Legal, LLC
Attorney, Principal, Jason Wiener p.c., a public benefit corporation
Director of Pro Bono & Community Engagement, Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Committed to Community Resiliency
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.
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
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.