I love learning, research, and writing. Below are links to formal presentations and publications for topics I enjoy, and you can view my ongoing blog here. If you'd like to commission a report or have me present to your group, please contact me.
Entity Selection for Social Entrepreneurs: an article structured to help attorneys and clients understand options for forming a socially responsible business, such as benefit corporations, B-Corps, and alternatives. (Idaho Advocate, October 2019).
Enforcing the "Benefit" Part of a Benefit Corporation: an article about the "benefit enforcement proceeding" and how social entrepreneurs can hold each other accountable for delivering on their commitments. (Idaho Advocate, July 2019).
Raising Money for Social Enterprises in Our Community: a presentation focusing on how social entrepreneurs can navigate securities laws to raise money from local resources.
New Corporate Form Provides More Options for Social Enterprises: an article co-authored with Mark A. Buchanan with the Responsible Business Initiative discussing the Idaho Benefit Corporation Act. (Idaho Advocate, Summer 2017).
Social Enterprise and the Law: Benefit Corporations, B-Corps, Worker Cooperatives, and More! : a presentation to social entrepreneurs at Boise Startup Week at Boise State University (Fall 2016) (various repeat performances).
Outline of Required Formalities for Idaho Benefit Corporations: a concise description of statutory requirements under Idaho law (Fall 2016).
Going Green: Current Trends in Business Law: a presentation to the Idaho State Bar Annual Conference on legal and policy issues associated with green business and social entrepreneurship, including green marketing guidelines, the effects of potential climate change laws, green building contracting issues, and renewable energy trading schemes (June 9, 2009; repeat performance for Boise State University students on July, 14, 2010).
Sustainability Meets Profitability: The Convenient Truth of How the Business Judgment Rule Protects a Board's Decisions to Engage in Social Entrepreneurship, 29 Cardozo, L. Rev 623 (2007) (research assistant to Janet Kerr).
Sustainable Local Economies
The Law and Policy of Hemp: A presentation to farmers and others in the hemp industry at the Treasure Valley Hemp Conference (February 22, 2020).
Law for Yoga Teachers: A presentation to a cohort of yoga teacher trainees regarding employment law, sexual harassment, gaslighting, bullying, and misrepresentation (January 9, 2020).
Joining the Sharing Economy: A presentation emphasizing how to participate in cooperative culture and the sharing economy while understanding the applicable legal frameworks. First presented through Boise Community Education (January 25, 2017).
Supporting Our Sustainable Food Economy With Creative And Collaborative Legal Agreements: A presentation to the Annual Idaho Center For Sustainable Agriculture Symposium (December 3, 2016).
Hot Topics in Sustainable Agriculture: A presentation to Fellows at the Sustainable Economies Law Center covering food safety, affordability of humane and local meat, access to land, and urban agriculture (July 27, 2016).
FSMA Provides Some Relief for Direct-to-Consumer Business Models: A report on the way the Food Safety Modernization Act treats farmers markets, community supported agriculture, cottage foods, and other sustainable models (Idaho Advocate, June/July 2016 at 33).
CC&Rs and Local Food Production:How to Eliminate Barriers: a presentation at the Annual Conference of the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association (October 13, 2011).
Buying Local for the Holiday Season: a panel discussion to the Boise Young Professionals (December 3, 2010).
Sustainability, Energy, and Agriculture: a presentation to attorneys and law students at the 2010 Idaho Law Review Symposium on Energy Independence - Challenges Facing the West in Adopting Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources (April 9, 2010)
CC&Rs and Sustainability: Exploring Solutions to Problematic Neighborhood Rules to Conserve Natural Resources, Reduce Pollution, and Enhance Self-Reliance, 56 Advocate – Idaho 26 (2013).
Greening Your CC&Rs: Strategies to Improve the Sustainability of Your Neighborhood (U.S. Green Building Council, Idaho Chapter, 2011)(lead author)
Greening Contacting - Legal Issues Relating to Sustainability: a presentation to professionals enrolled in the Sustainable Building Advisors course (May, 14, 2010)
A 2020 Vision: Looking Forward Ten Years to a Sustainable Idaho: co-created and presented piece on sustianable energy production and use at the Idaho Green Expo (May 8-9, 2010; various repeat performances).
The Ambition for New Energy Transmission: a Discussion of the Relationship Between Renewable Energy Development and Transmission Lines in the West - 52 Advocate - Idaho 32 (2009).
Gridlock on the Road to Renewable Energy Development: a Discussion About the Opportunities & Risks Presented by the Modernization Requirements of the Electricity Transmission Network - 1 J. Bus. Entrepreneurship & L. 137 (2007).
Ethics & Compassion
Child Abuse in Affluent Families: We know that abuse exists in all socioeconomic classes. But society treats wealthy abusers differently, leading many to believe there is a problem with underreporting and affluent children being underserved by child protection efforts. (Idaho Advocate, June/July 2020).
Ethical Boundaries When Serving as Business Partner and Client: When sharing economy lawyers help create projects and build local economy, we must respect the ethical issues involved when trading our services for ownership interests. Published on NextLegal.org on August 21, 2016.
Letters to the Editor: Taking a Stand Against Bullying: a call for compassion within the legal profession as a way to help clients and heal communities - 58 Advocate - Idaho 18 (2015).