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July 28, 2011

‘The Local Revolution’ takes place Sept. 9

Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation Symposium examines relocalization movement

“Is It Local?” isn’t just a funny spoof on the Northwest in the cult hit Portlandia, it’s a movement gaining momentum throughout the nation and the subject of a day-long symposium taking place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the University of Oregon School of Law.

The school’s Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation is hosting “The Local Revolution: How Relationships and Legal Policies are Helping Create Sustainable Communities Around the Country.” The event will examine the strong movement toward relocalization that has emerged in response to the destructive effects of globalization on people and the environment. Relocalization involves relying on local resources and building relationships to create a more self- sufficient community with an understanding of local environmental needs and capacities. This type of effort requires the support of the legal community to draft new city codes and regulations, and to litigate when necessary.

The free public symposium will feature keynote speakers Jenny Kassan and Janelle Orsi, cofounders of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), and will host panel discussions on local food laws, local land use management, local energy production and collaborative governance.

Kassan is an attorney and community development consultant, specializing in environmentally friendly and socially responsible ventures. She is the managing director of Katovich Law Group and CEO 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.

Orsi is coauthor 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. She is codirector of the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, Calif., an organization that facilitates the growth of sustainable and localized economies, through education, legal research, and advocacy to support practices such as barter, cooperatives, community-supported enterprises, sharing, local currencies, ecovillages, urban agriculture and local investing.

Continuing Legal Education credit for attorneys will be made available for $50. Anyone interested in attending the symposium should register at www.uoregonlaw.com/jell2011.

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