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Common Legal Issues in Community and How to Avoid Them

August 23, 2022


4:00 PM

5:00 PM


Aug 23 | 4-5pm Eastern

Join us for a 1-hour bird’s eye view of legal topics to consider when starting, maintaining, or reforming a community.

Strong and responsive legal agreements within communities are key to both their long-term success and maintaining healthy relationships between community members.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about some of the most common legal issues that communities face and how to prepare for them. Our presenter, Clifford Paulin Esq. has advised communities on the legal aspects of community living for 15 years, so will share from his broad experience. 

What you’ll gain from this session:

  • An understanding of the critical legal topics in intentional community that you need to be aware of
  • What to ensure is in your governing documents
  • How to evaluate different choices of legal structure

This is a one-hour teaser for the upcoming 5-week course, Legal Basics for Forming Communities — an immersive program where Clifford Paulin will dive deeper and show you how to translate the values and vision of your group into clear and cohesive agreements.

“Clifford is a wonderful educator, not just his experience and expertise, but his sensibility to the bigger picture and also his foresightful cautions, all provide a great panoramic perspective. He also has a fabulous ability to provide for questions. And in answering them, he goes into the surrounding detail, and then even asks the questioner if that answered the question!”

– Karen Maleski

Meet the Instructor

Clifford Paulin

Clifford Paulin provides a full suite of legal, facilitation, and mediation services to individuals, businesses, communities, non-profits, and government entities. His extensive background in serving these organizations as well as being part of them provides hime with a unique understanding of their needs and desires.

Clifford holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona, a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Study in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, a mediation certificate from the Center for Understanding in Conflict, and advanced facilitation training from Synectics LLC.

Clifford’s legal practice has focused on transactional law, non-profit law, and community law since 2006.  He also has extensive experience in mediation in both individual and group settings.  He has facilitated strategic planning and other processes for groups in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Paulin is also a co-founder of The Oak Granary, a land-based environmental education non-profit in Potter Valley, California.


The Online Event Experience


Live Zoom Sessions

Nothing pre-recorded here! When you sign-up for an event with FIC, you’ll have the opportunity to join a live session on Zoom with the event presenter/facilitator and other participants.

Affordable and Accessible

All our events are run on a sliding scale basis. Generous donations cover the costs for low-income attendees. FIC is committed to making our programs accessible to people of all walks of life.

Watch the Recording

You’ll receive the recording of your event to view for up to one month (unless otherwise noted). So don’t worry if you can’t attend a live session. Watch or listen whenever it is convenient for you.

Loved by Community Builders

Teri’s presence, warmth, poise, experience and clarity. I quickly felt at ease and confident that she knew what she was talking about, and could share the material effectively, while also managing the group format. – Jeffrey B

What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!Terri Garcia

I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC workshops combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the workshops by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.Claire Ogden

Free – $25

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