Your Legal Structure Options as a Mission-Driven Organization
Choosing a legal structure is one of the core decisions change-agents must make for their organization. In part one of this two-part series on legal structure, President and Managing Attorney at Sustainable Law Group Becki Ueno will outline both traditional and emerging structure options, explore some of their benefits and trade-offs, and share case studies of how several mission-driven organizations (including Blue Garnet, a B Corp and trainer for part two of the webinar series) have made this decision. [Part 2:
Legal Structure for What?
Review the history of social enterprise legal structure to understand context for why current structure options exist
Explore legal structure options available to mission-driven organizations
Understand the benefits and trade-offs for these options
Share the legal structure decision-making process for sample mission-driven organizations (including Blue Garnet)
This course is the recording of a live webinar and contains the slides and full audio from the original presentation (including Q & A sessions). Only a reasonably current version of FlashPlayer is needed to run this recording (most computers already have this installed).
About the Instructor(s)
Becki Ueno President and Managing Attorney - Sustainable Law Group
Going out on a limb for change
Becki Ueno, co-founder, president and managing attorney of The Sustainable Law Group, has never been afraid to take a chance when it has come to building and running her law practice. In fact, she is no doubt one of the only successful attorneys in Los Angeles who strictly limits her practice to clients she can believe in, whether for-profit, non-profit or social enterprise organizations.
Ueno has been a leading proponent of integrative law for many years. An integrative law practice recognizes that clients make decisions based on numerous, often competing factors and that every decision has an impact on multiple stakeholders. Rather than polarizing these differences, SLG attorneys seek to find solutions that integrate the differences into sustainable and lasting results for all parties involved.
Roots in social justice
Becki has worked with numerous environmental and social justice organizations since the beginning of her career – as a fundraiser, organizer, director, and volunteer. At the State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGS), she organized national, state and local environmental and social justice campaigns on college campuses and in law schools. She also served as the director of PIELC, the largest public interest environmental law conference in the world.
In 2004, Ms. Ueno began her law practice at Khorrami Pollard & Abir, LLP (now Khorami Boucher, LLP), one of the largest plaintiff firms in California, where she litigated on behalf of thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina, employees in labor disputes and victims of civil rights abuses.
In 2009, Becki launched her own law practice, which has now grown into Sustainable Law Group, PC. Since the beginning, she has strived to create an environment where the attorneys can be passionate about their work, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and always treat the clients – and each other – like family.
A connection to Mother Nature
Ms. Ueno’s passion for sustainability stems from a childhood spent in the vast and beautiful wilderness of Colorado. Perhaps it’s these mountains of her home state that helped inspire her to develop a committed practice of mindfulness, a personal discipline that significantly benefits her law practice as well as her personal well being. Now, she finds peace and joy in the wild and beautiful places of her current home of Southern California and across the world.