Legal Issues in Mutual Aid Operations: A Preliminary Guide

43 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2020

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Michael Haber

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Date Written: June 5, 2020

Abstract

This is a preliminary guide to legal issues that impact groups engaged in mutual aid. It is targeted to groups that have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis in New York, but has information that may be relevant for groups engaged in mutual aid in other contexts and other places. It gives legal information on topics including: risk of liability; questions around governance and incorporation; safety policies, liability waivers, and insurance; banking and mutual aid; funding mutual aid and taxation of mutual aid; crowdfunding regulations; and food storage and safety rules.

Keywords: Mutual Aid, COVID, Activism, Movement Lawyering, Community Economic Development

JEL Classification: I30, L30, K20, K32

Suggested Citation

Haber, Michael, Legal Issues in Mutual Aid Operations: A Preliminary Guide (June 5, 2020). Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3622736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3622736

Michael Haber (Contact Author)

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law ( email )

121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

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