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Below is an alphabetical list of currently scheduled and frequently recurring workshops.

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CLE Accredited Webinar (for Attorneys Only): The Nonprofit Revitalization Act
October 1, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Effective July 1, 2014, the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (NPRA) marks the first major overhaul of New York State's Not for Profit Corporation Law in more than forty years. As a result of the Act, some regulatory burdens on nonprofit organizations have been eased while at the same time rules relating to governance procedures and fiscal oversight have been heightened. Join us for what you need to know to advise your client on governance best practices in the new regulatory environment.

CLE Credit: This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the NYS CLE Board for a maximum of 1.0 CLE credit hours, of which 1.0 credit hours can be applied towards the professional practice requirement.

Payment Options: This program is free for all current volunteers with Lawyers Alliance for New York. It is $50 for all other attorneys. Full or partial scholarships are available based on need.

Registration: All current volunteers should register by emailing their name and preferred email for contact to CLEregistrar14@lawyersalliance.org. All others may register online by by using the button below.

Instructor: Linda S. Manley, Legal Director

 
Webinars for Wise Nonprofits Hitting Your Goals and Limiting Your Risk: Special Event Fundraising
November 12, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Gala dinners, service days, concerts, conferences and other special events can raise funds and increase awareness and excitement for your organization's work. Hosting a successful special event - one that meets your participation and financial goals - requires significant time, energy and planning, as well as a careful consideration of relevant legal issues.

This webinar will cover New York State requirements for soliciting donations, gaming activities such as raffles and casino nights, and hiring professional fundraisers. The webinar will also review IRS rules for nonprofits receiving cash or in-kind gifts made in connection with a special event, and when and how to recognize event sponsors without running afoul of IRS rules. It will discuss compensation, contract considerations and other legal questions when dealing with employees, contractors, or special event volunteers to ensure that your organization limits its liability in the planning and execution of a special event. For nonprofit managers, development professionals, and others involved in nonprofit fundraising.

Instructor: Nicole Cuttino, Staff Attorney

 
Webinars for Wise Nonprofits: Assessing the Impact: Housing Development Fund Corporations and the NPRA
October 29, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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This webinar will cover the impact of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act on not-for-profit HDFCs and their formation, governance, and changes impacting real property transfers. For housing directors, executive directors, and managers of affordable housing developers.

Instructors: Hedwig O'Hara, Senior Staff Attorney and Linda S. Manley, Legal Director

 
Webinars for Wise Nonprofits: Protecting Yourself and Your Intellectual Property: What You Need to Know
October 15, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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This webinar focuses on the contractual terms necessary for protecting, obtaining, and licensing the intellectual property rights most relevant to not-for-profit entities, and specifically community arts groups. For example: trademarks, curriculum materials, choreography, and audiovisual works. The webinar will begin with a short overview of the types of intellectual property rights to be discussed, and then will provide a detailed discussion of the practical ways to deal with such rights in the contractual context. For board members and managers of community arts groups.

Instructors: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney and Jamie Stockon, Staff Attorney, Skadden Extern

 
Webinars for Wise Nonprofits: Staying Within the Limits: NYS Executive Compensation Rules
September 30, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Thanks to Executive Order 38, some nonprofits receiving NYS funding to provide social services are subject to a $199,000 cap on senior executive compensation, and limits on the proportion of state funding they may use for administrative expenses. Learn which nonprofits must comply with EO 38, which are subject to the compensation cap, when and how to seek a waiver, and what to do if current compensation arrangements are not compliant. For board members, senior management, and human resources professionals.

Instructors: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney and
Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel

 
Webinars for Wise Nonprofits: Managing Ailing Employees: Balancing Statutory Obligations and Operational Needs
December 10, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Handling employee illness, injury, and pregnancy tops the list of difficult employee relations issues, especially for nonprofits trying to be humane employers on limited resources. This webinar will help employers understand their rights and obligations under multiple federal, state, and local laws including the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and NYS Workers Compensation law. Please note: This webinar will be 1.5 hours, in order to cover this complex subject in more depth. For Nonprofit managers and human resources professionals

Instructor: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney

 
Becoming a Nonprofit: Incorporation and Tax Exemption
September 23, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Getting a new nonprofit organization off to the right start can mean the difference between success and failure. This workshop will go step-by-step through the process of incorporating in New York State and applying for federal tax exempt status. Attention will be given to the benefits and obligations of incorporation and tax-exempt status including reporting requirements, the role of board members, and the limitations on lobbying and political activities. For those interested in forming a nonprofit organization in New York.

Instructor: Kelsey Ripper, Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

 
Becoming a Nonprofit: Incorporation and Tax Exemption
December 18, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Getting a new nonprofit organization off to the right start can mean the difference between success and failure. This workshop will go step-by-step through the process of incorporating in New York State and applying for federal tax exempt status. Attention will be given to the benefits and obligations of incorporation and tax-exempt status including reporting requirements, the role of board members, and the limitations on lobbying and political activities. For those interested in forming a nonprofit organization

Instructor: Kelsey Ripper, Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

 
Becoming a Nonprofit: Incorporation and Tax Exemption - PM Session
November 13, 2014 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Getting a new nonprofit organization off to the right start can mean the difference between success and failure. This workshop will go step-by-step through the process of incorporating in New York State and applying for federal tax exempt status. Attention will be given to the benefits and obligations of incorporation and tax-exempt status including reporting requirements, the role of board members, and the limitations on lobbying and political activities. For those interested in forming a nonprofit organization.

Instructor: Kelsey Ripper, Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

 
Breaking Through the Boilerplate: Understanding Government Contracting
October 22, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Government funding may be the single most common source of revenue for nonprofit organizations serving low-income neighborhoods. Yet the complexity of these contracts and the process registering the agreements can be overwhelming. This workshop will examine the legal issues associated with contracting with New York City and New York State governmental agencies, including a review of the key provisions of City and State master contracts, procurement rules and Vendex process, the New York City Vault, and the New York State Gateway. For nonprofit managers and finance professionals.

Instructor: Linda S. Manley, Legal Director

 
Employee Background Check: A Webinar about the Legal Issues your Nonprofit Needs to Know
September 30, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Lawyers Alliance for New York, as part of a national network of business law pro bono programs, is pleased to join with the DC Bar and Dickstein Shapiro to offer this upcoming webinar on a nonprofit's legal responsibilities with respect to employee background checks. This September 30th free webinar is open to nonprofits in New York as well as in other locations around the country.

This webinar will discuss the rules of the road when conducting background checks on prospective employees. It will discuss the EEOC's rules for considering past criminal convictions for job applicants, and the push in many jurisdictions to "ban the box" by making certain questions about an applicant's criminal convictions illegal. It will also discuss the do's and don'ts of drug testing prospective employees and the rules regarding the use of credit checks when reviewing applicants. Finally, it will discuss some of the pitfalls of relying on social media to screen your applicants. For executive directors, HR professionals, nonprofit administrators and any other nonprofit leaders responsible for recruiting and hiring employees.

Presenter: Deborah Kelly, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Moderator: Regina Hopkins, Assistant Director, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program

To register, click here.

To see the full brochure, click here.

 
Generating Revenue for Your Community Arts Organization: Understanding Your Legal Obligations
Not Currently Scheduled
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Community arts organizations create revenue from performances, classes, and exhibition and sales. This webinar will help you understand the tax, conflicts of interest, and other legal obligations inherent in such unique activities, as well as the major legal issues surrounding fundraising and special events generally. For community arts organization managers and board members.

Instructor: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney

 
Getting Ready for Nonprofit Law Reform: An Overview of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act
Not Currently Scheduled
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It's here! Governor Cuomo has signed off on the first major overhaul of New York State's Not for Profit Corporation Law in forty years. The new law eases some regulatory burdens but also creates many specific obligations that should be met by the time the new law becomes effective on July 1, 2014. This webinar will give you a working knowledge of what the new act requires, and will focus on the changes in governance procedure and fiscal policies that your organization will need to make to come into compliance. For nonprofit leaders and board members.

Instructors: Linda S. Manley, Legal Director and Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney

 
Growing CSA Programs: Legal Issues for Community Supported Agriculture - PM Session
October 27, 2014 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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This workshop will explore legal concerns of organizations wishing to develop or grow a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or Farm-Share Program. The workshop will cover CSA membership agreements and issues involving pick-up site locations, including host site agreements and insurance coverage. Workshop participants will have a chance to speak with and ask questions of representatives from Just Food and attorneys from Lawyers Alliance for New York.

Instructors: Neil Stevenson, Senior Staff Attorney and Kelsey Ripper, Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

 
Joint Ventures in Housing Development: You Need a Money Partner
Not Currently Scheduled
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Putting together a housing project from start to finish in today's market requires upfront cash. Nonprofit affordable housing developers may find themselves unable to pull together the funds necessary to purchase a parcel or building for renovation and begin architectural work and land studies without working with a joint venture partner. This webinar will discuss what you should look for in your joint venture partner and how to work with your partner most efficiently. For affordable housing developers, geared for executive directors, directors of housing and project managers.

Instructor: Hedwig O'Hara, Senior Staff Attorney

 
Making Your Voice Heard: Lobbying Within Limits
December 2, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Increasingly, nonprofit groups understand that the success of their missions may require them to engage in legislative advocacy. This workshop focuses on the rules that govern lobbying by nonprofits. It will identify the federal limits on the amount of lobbying nonprofits can undertake, and the federal, state, and local laws requiring the disclosure of lobbying activity. It addresses advocacy concerning legislative, budgeting, and agency rule-making processes. The workshop also explains the lobbying laws that apply to procurement of contract funding from New York City and New York State -- essential information for any nonprofit that relies on government funding to do its work. For nonprofit managers and others involved in the day-to-day operation of not-for-profit tax-exempt organizations.

Instructor: Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel

 
Managing Minor Contacts and Information: Understanding Youth Privacy Laws and Best Practices
Not Currently Scheduled
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Many nonprofits that provide youth programming often interact with such youth directly, in person and online through email or social media, and collect or have access to sensitive information about their youth participants. This webinar will focus on child privacy issues and will include a general overview of relevant Federal and State laws governing the obligations of nonprofit organizations when collecting youth information and safeguarding that information. Best practices by nonprofits for the use, storage, and disclosure of youth information will be discussed. Common questions will be addressed, such as whether a nonprofit should have a privacy policy, and if so, what should be included, when are parental consents required and how should they be obtained, how long should youth information be stored, how to address sharing youth information with partnering organizations or subcontractors, and how to respond to information requests from law enforcement agencies, courts and other government entities. For nonprofit managers and youth program directors.

Instructor: Nicole Cuttino, Staff Attorney

Co-instructor: Sue Ross, Senior Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

 
Operating an Afterschool Program: Liability and Regulatory Issues
September 17, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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There are a number of regulatory and liability issues that may arise in the operation of afterschool programs. This workshop will discuss liability for negligence, proper classification of employees, independent contractors and volunteers, and regulatory requirements in the areas of facilities, staffing requirements, background screening, and child abuse reporting. In addition, this workshop will provide guidance for directors of afterschool programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and decrease liability exposure. For board members and senior managers.

Registration is Closed.

Instructor: Nicole Cuttino, Staff Attorney

 
The Role of the Board and Senior Management in Financial Oversight
Not Currently Scheduled
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The goal of this seminar is to help educate Board members and nonprofit leaders about some of the key elements of financial management, including IRS and state law requirements; the responsibilities of the finance director and the role of the independent auditor; how the Board and its finance and audit committees best exercise financial oversight over the organization; and how an organization can ensure its long term financial viability.

Click here for the full program brochure.

This seminar is designed for executive directors, directors of administration, board members, and other generalists responsible for dealing with the financial affairs of the organization. It is also suitable for employees and volunteers who deal with the financial affairs of the organization and wish to strengthen their skills in critical areas.

Note: This seminar is part of the Strategic Legal Thinking Series, and will be held live at DLA Piper LLP's offices in Washington, DC and simultaneously shown at selected locations in other cities.

Over Capacity - Registration Closed

 
Understanding the Nonprofit Revitalization Act's Impact on Your Organization: A Hands-On Clinic for Nonprofits to Meet with Legal Practitioners
November 13, 2014 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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HOW YOU WOULD BENEFIT:

Effective July 1, 2014, the Nonprofit Revitalization Act marks the first major overhaul of New York State's Not for Profit Corporation Law in more than forty years. The Act erases some regulatory burdens on nonprofit organizations while at the same time heightening certain rules relating to governance procedures and fiscal oversight. All New York nonprofits should review their corporate documents and practices to determine what changes they should make.

The clinic will include a presentation by Lawyers Alliance's staff attorneys on the Nonprofit Revitalization Act and its effect on nonprofit organizations. Next, each participating organization will have an opportunity to meet with a pro bono attorney regarding their governance documents.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT:

Board members and senior managers of New York nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Registration/Breakfast

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation on Nonprofit Revitalization Act

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Individual Consultations on your organization's Bylaws

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on submitting your organization's bylaws in advance of the clinic.

Registration Closed

 
Working with Partners: How to Create Successful Legal Collaborations
Not Currently Scheduled
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Nonprofit organizations rely upon collaborations to enable them to deliver services they cannot deliver alone. By collaborating, groups are able to draw upon outside expertise, expand geographic reach, and tap otherwise unavailable resources. This workshop will address the legal issues associated with collaborations and back office consolidations including: different options for structuring collaborative relationships, the process of selecting a collaborative partner, and memorializing the agreement among collaborators. For board members and senior managers.

Instructor: Linda S. Manley, Legal Director

 
Working with Your Board: Best Practices for Ensuring Good Governance
November 20, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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A well-functioning Board has a good understanding of its role in nonprofit governance and provides leadership, resources, and expertise to the management of the organization. This workshop will address the obligations and best practices for Board oversight and involvement in nonprofit governance. Topics will include what the staff should do to help Board members serve effectively in their roles, oversight of financial reporting and responsibilities, and tips to help ensure confident compliance with federal and state governance regulations. For executive directors, board members, finance directors and other management staff who regularly work with the board of directors.

Instructor: Elizabeth Perez, Senior Staff Attorney