Leading and Counseling Nonprofit Organizations (LAW-795Z-001)
Carrie Garber Siegrist
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The nonprofit sector has grown in size, complexity, and importance in the United States in the last few decades. Lawyers serve a variety of roles within and for the sector including acting as outside general counsel, managers/directors, founders, and board members. This course is designed to prepare law students to work effectively in a variety of capacities with and for tax-exempt charitable organizations. The course follows the lifecycle of nonprofit organizations and utilizes skills-based exercises to complement the doctrinal curriculum of Law-852.
We will progress through the semester by addressing the issues a charitable 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, for example, 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.
Note: This course is taught as a companion to Professor Leff’s Law 852-001 Law of Nonprofit Organizations.
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 the professor.
First Class Readings
Hopkins pp. 7-22
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