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Janelle Orsi

Janelle Orsi

Sustainable Economies Law Center, Law Office of Janelle Orsi
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Oakland, CA, USA


Janelle Orsi is a lawyer, advocate, writer, and cartoonist focused on cooperatives, the sharing economy, urban agriculture, shared housing, local currencies, and community-supported enterprises. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy. Janelle has also worked in private law practice at the Law Office of Janelle Orsi, focusing on sharing economy law since 2008.

Books: Janelle is the author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo Press 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds.

Cartoons: Janelle's cartoons include: The Next Sharing EconomyEconomy SandwichShare SprayThe Beatles EconomyThe Legal Roots of ResilienceHousing for an Economically Sustainable FutureTransactional Law Practice for a Sharing EconomyGovernance is Life, and Citylicious.

Fun Fact and Blog: Janelle is an advocate for a more open, inclusive, and accessible legal profession, and you can see her 10-minute presentation on transforming the legal profession here. Janelle supervises two legal apprentices -- co-workers who are becoming lawyers without going to law school. Janelle and her apprentices are blogging about the process at LikeLincoln.org

Fellowship and Recognition: In 2014, Janelle was selected to be an Ashoka Fellow, joining a robust cohort of social entrepreneurs who are recognized to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society.  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." In 2014, she was also awarded the title of Legal Innovator by the Recorder.

Janelle Orsi is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Deciding to Start Your Law Firm and Forming the Practice Entity - Incubator Boot Camp: Tools for New Lawyers Looking to Go Solo, Monday, February 27, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Deciding to Start Your Law Firm and Forming the Practice Entity - Deciding to Start Your Law Firm and Forming the Practice Entity, Monday, February 27, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Deciding to Start Your Law Firm and Forming the Practice Entity - Deciding to Start Your Law Firm and Forming the Practice Entity, Monday, February 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Deciding to Start Your Law Firm and Forming the Practice Entity - Deciding to Start Your Law Firm and Forming the Practice Entity, Monday, February 27, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Incubator Boot Camp: Tools for New Lawyers Looking to Go Solo, Wednesday, March 01, 2017, San Francisco, CA
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