Services for Shared Housing:

Co-ownership agreements Tenants in common agreements, CC&Rs, Condo conversions, Cooperative housing,
Land-use and zoning, Lease agreements, Ecovillages, Land Trusts, Subdivisions, Conflict resolution.

Services for Nonprofits, Cooperatives, and Social Enterprise:

Formation, Choice of entity/structure, Tax exemption, Finance, Contract drafting, Employment law, Liability.

Mediation Services

Interpersonal and family conflicts, Workplace disputes, Businesses/nonprofits, Landlord/tenant.

Articles and Blogs

* Birth of Sharing Law
* Four Degrees of Sharing
* How to Start a Shared Vegetable Garden
* How Nonprofits Can Share Down Their Costs (Part 1)

What is a Slow Homes Movement?

Read Janelle’s Article: Part 1, Part 2.

How to Share a House: A Case Study
How to Stop Foreclosure Through Homesharing

Coming soon: Sample shared housing documents and planning tools!


Read about the separate nonprofit organization that Janelle co-founded and co-directs: the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC): at the SELC Website.

East Bay Express article about SELC, June 30, 2010

Article in California Lawyer Magazine: Profits With A Purpose

Books by Janelle:

Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprises, and Local Sustainable Economies
(ABA Books 2012)

The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community,
co-authored with Emily Doskow (Nolo 2009)

Discover how to create a more sustainable community with this practical legal guide to forming successful sharing arrangements.

Recent and Upcoming Speaking Events:

  • Think Outside the Boss: How to Start a Worker Owned Cooperative, November 17, 2012, Oakland, CA
  • Sustainable Economies Law Center Fall Celebration and Showcase, November 15, 2012, Oakland, CA
  • Legal Eats, October 20, 2012, Oakland, CA
  • Bioneers Conference, October 18, 2012, San Rafael, CA
  • Transactional Law and Sustainable Economies (VIDEO), October 8, 2012, Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Legal Tools for a Sharing Economy, October 6-7, 2012, Portland, OR
  • Transactional Law for Local Sustainable Economies, Berkeley/Albany Bar Association, September 17, 2012, Berkeley, CA
  • Art of Community Conference, September 20, 2012, Occidental, CA
  • Cohousing US Conference, June 17, 2012, Oakland, CA
  • Attorneys in the New Economy, May 31, 2012, Berkeley, CA
  • Download Janelle’s 19 Handy Lists For Sustainable Living