Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Leading & Counseling of Nonprofit Orgs (LAW-795Z-001)
Carrie Garber Siegrist

Meets: 07:00 PM - 08:50 PM (W) - Yuma - Room Y115

Enrolled: 8 / Limit: 15

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Lawyers serve in a variety of roles with nonprofit tax-exempt organizations including acting as general counsel, leadership or founders, outside counsel, government relations directors, and board members. Led by a professor who practices nonprofit organizations law, this course prepares students to serve in this broad range of roles by utilizing targeted drafting and reading assignments enabling students to hone their corporate and tax drafting skills. The course follows the lifecycle of nonprofit organizations to complement the doctrinal curriculum of Law-852.

We progress through the semester by addressing the issues a nonprofit organization encounters from incorporation under state law, applying for recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS, ensuring ongoing compliance with operational restrictions on political and commercial activities, and end our study on issues organizations face in wrapping-up operations. Each week, students practice legal drafting skills by working on articles of incorporation, bylaws, tax memoranda, joint venture term sheets, and corporate resolutions and agreements. Students submit a final memorandum designed to be converted to a writing sample. Students have the flexibility to hone their skills in specific areas through selection of assignments and a final memo topic.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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• Bruce R. Hopkins, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization, 7th ed. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2017). ISBN 978-1-119-38019-1

• Course Assignments & Materials: Distributed by via My.WCL

First Class Readings

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