DESCRIPTION
Over the last few years, peer-to-peer “sharing” platforms have arisen in areas as diverse as transportation, housing, catering, and everyday errands. Locally a number of regulatory bodies in cities as as divergent as Portland, OR and Berlin, Germany are grappling with these issues very publicly as it relates to car-sharing services like Lyft and Uber.

Sharing economy principles and business models present many new and interesting challenges to local, state and national regulatory schemes related to health, safety, labor, taxes, and many others.
This video provides some background on the Sharing Economy, what it is and where its going as well as an overview of the regulatory and legal framework governing the businesses in this fascinating and fast growing industry.

SPEAKER
Dan Lear is a technology lawyer, facilitator, and gadfly. He is the cofounder of the Seattle Legal Technology and Innovation MeetUp, a self-styled “legal hacking” group that meets regularly to explore, identify, and implement unconventional solutions to law’s problems, big and small. He’s also blogged and written extensively about the profession and its evolution on his blog Right Brain Law and for other online and print publications. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s “Future of the Profession” committee.

In his six years as a practicing attorney and more than ten years in the legal industry he worked for two lean “NewLaw” law firms, designed and implemented an online program for procurement contract processing. He is currently the Director of Industry Relations for Avvo.

Program recorded on September 18, 2014