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Serving on a Non-Profit Board: What Lawyers Need to Know

October 4, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This CLE is designed to educate attorneys about serving on nonprofit boards and to share insights from successful non-profit executive directors about the qualifications and roles of board members. The program will also address some of the special ethical considerations in providing pro bono services to a non-profit and in representing children.

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Attorneys Serving on a Non-Profit Board
90 minutes (1.0 general practice, .5 ethics)
Samuel Coppersmith, partner at Coppersmith, Schermer and Brockelman, PLC. Sam is an experienced corporate attorney and has served on several national non-profit organizations. He is a frequent lecturer and has offered this type of training to several bar associations.

• Understanding the differing roles of legal counsel and non-profit director
• When is pro bono legal work appropriate as part of service to the non-profit and how to define the scope of the representation
• Best practices for lawyers serving as non-profit directors
• Scope of expertise and advice to a non-profit corporation
• Conflicts of interest—recognizing the issues, anticipating and avoiding conflicts, ways to resolve conflicts
• Understanding the director’s liabilities and when an attorney may have be subject to a higher standard of director performance
• Suggestions for best practices for board organization, director meetings, and communication with directors
• Best practices for orientation for board members and for on-going assessment and evaluation
• Considerations before agreeing to serve on a board

2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Adding Value: Attorneys Serving Effectively as Directors
90 minutes (1.5 general practice)
Sheila Wellington, former President of Catalyst and former secretary of Yale University, retired professor Stern School of Business, NYU

Sheila will lead a panel discussion with two executive directors and two board members. The panel will discuss what they seek in a board member and how attorneys can make successful contributions to a non-profit board directors.
The panel includes:
Tracy Hobson, Executive Director, The Center for Anti-Violence Education

Gina Gibney, founder of Gina Gibney Dance Company

Sylphiel Yip, board member and officer, The Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Sybil Shainwald, Esq., trustee, New York Law School, and many board positions such as chair of the National Women’s Health Network; a founding member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.

4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Ethical Issues and Representing Children
30 minutes (.5 ethics)
Lenni Benson, Professor and Director Safe Passage Project
A frequent speaker on immigration law and ethics, Professor Benson founded the Safe Passage Project and has worked in the field of immigration law for more than thirty years.

Ethics issues that arise in the representation of immigrant children and working with non-profit organizations serving immigrant children

Please rsvp to: virginia.vazquez@nyls.edu.


October 4, 2013
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families


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