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Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow

Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow

Janelle Orsi
Janelle is an Oakland-based attorney and mediator specializing in helping people share resources and create sustainable communities. She works with cooperatives, social enterprises, non-profits, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and anyone else doing innovative work to change the world. For more information, visit the Law Office of Janelle Orsi.

In addition to her private law practice, Janelle is the Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, which facilitates the growth of sustainable, localized, and just economies through education, research, and advocacy around practices such as barter, local currencies, cooperatives, local investing, urban agriculture, and community-supported enterprise.

In addition to co-authoring The Sharing Solution, Janelle is author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012).  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.”

Emily Doskow
Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989, specializing in LGBT family law including adoptions, domestic partnership agreements, parentage issues, and uncontested dissolutions. She is the author or coauthor of many Nolo titles, including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Making it Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, & Civil Unions; The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples; and Neighbor Law. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. Emily lives in Oakland and participates in a neighborhood work group as well as various other sharing arrangements.
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