We know that the current legal system is riddled with structural issues. The question is - where do we go from there? Are there ways to use legal tools to support cooperation, co-creation and relationship instead of capitalism, oppression and wealth consolidation?

The living systems committee seeks to unpack and reimagine how our legal system can nourish and support planetary healing through creative mutualism. We ground ourselves in a relational and trauma-informed approach. We honor the work of all Indigenous People and their leadership of how to be in vital relationship with all beings. We honor the work of the Humxn Nervous System and its role in protecting us from harm.

The goal of this committee is to provide access to tools of transition for collective evolution. We acknowledge and respect that there are many different roads to collective evolution and that some folx wish to operate outside the confines of the law for safety and institutional reasons. Our work is simply an offering for those that wish to engage. You may request support by filling out this form.

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The Role of the Living Systems Committee

Comprised of reformist attorneys, law students, critical theorist and dreamers, we invite communities and organizers to reach out to be paired with an attorney to receive support on:

  • Localized Economies

    • Cooperative Development
    • Community Land Trusts
    • Culturally Appropriate and Plain Language Contracts
  • Relational Land Reform

    • Ecosystem Stewardship
    • Water Rights
    • Land Trusts
    • Easements
    • Zoning
  • Mutual Aid Efforts

    • Community Clinics
    • Legal Office Hours
  • Legislative and Advocacy Support

Even if we have not listed something that you would like to receive support on, we encourage you to submit a request anyway! We are experimental attorneys and want to be responsive - not dogmatic - in our approach. In addition to the community-led work, we are launching an open-sourced reading circle (see below for updates) and plan to host legal workshops based on interest and need.

What Happens After Submitting a Request for Support?

Once you submit your request, you will receive a response from the living systems chair within 48 hours to let you know if we have capacity right now to support your project. If we are unable to do so right now, we will do our best to find another attorney or additional resources that can help you!

Living Systems Committee Reading Circle Updates