Webinars and Workshops

Recorded Webinars

Regularly throughout the year, Lawyers Alliance offers live webinars for nonprofit managers and Board members on a range of legal issues. A selection of these webinar recordings is available for purchase and viewing at your convenience.

Breaking Down Managed Care Contracts

This webinar guides participants through the key legal issues found in contracts with managed care organizations (MCOs). Questions discussed include: What are the standard key provisions in an MCO contract? Which terms are likely to differ from contract to contract? Is there any possibility to negotiate? What questions should we ask of the managed care organization? What is an Independent Practice Association (IPA) and how can an IPA help with contracting? What are the basic HIPAA obligations and what are best practices for compliance? This webinar is designed to enable providers to better understand the risks and legal obligations involved in contracting with MCOs.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify key provisions and understand the risks and legal obligations in an MCO contract.

For Board members, senior management, and health program directors at community-based organizations.

Presenters: Bee-Seon Keum, Staff Attorney, Lawyers Alliance; Megan Sherman, Associate, James W. Lytle, Partner, and Randi Seigel, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


Careful Lobbying Compliance

Does your organization weigh in on the state or city budget, immigration policy, criminal justice reform, rent regulation, or other pressing government issues? It may be lobbying. Public charities can lobby, so long as they stay within the IRS' limit on the amount of lobbying they can do, and they may need to comply with lobbyist registration and reporting requirements. 

Our pre-recorded webinar, "Careful Lobbying Compliance: Keeping Track of the Required Reports and Restrictions on Lobbyists' Activities," will explain how to calculate how much lobbying a public charity can do, and when lobbying triggers an obligation to register as a lobbyist.  It will also provide easy to follow tips to help registered lobbyists file accurate reports and meet their other regulatory obligations. 

Presenter:  Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel


Classifying Your Employees: Who's Who in the Office

Nonprofits need to understand whether their workers are employees, independent contractors, volunteers, or interns. Nonprofits that misclassify an employee as an independent contractor are at tremendous financial risk for back taxes, workers' compensation penalties, and other financial burdens as a result of noncompliance with federal, state, and local employment law, even if the individual in question insisted on being classified as an independent contractor. This webinar explains a nonprofit's obligations to each different type of worker, how to set up each type of relationship properly, and what to do if an individual has been misclassified.

Learning objective: Participants will learn how to differentiate among the different types of workers, and how to create legally compliant relationships with each.

For senior management and human resources professionals.

Presenter: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney


Creating Scholarship Programs: Legally Structuring a Lasting Educational Impact

Scholarships are an excellent way for nonprofits to support educational achievement in connection with their charitable purposes. Some nonprofits are established with the intention of managing a scholarship program, while other nonprofits develop a scholarship program after operating for several years as a natural extension of other program offerings. This webinar, designed for newly forming and existing public charities, will provide an overview of IRS rules and best practices to establish and administer a scholarship program, including the selection criteria for recipients, selecting a scholarship review committee, distributing funds, monitoring the use of funds, and a discussion of tax implications for both the recipient and the public charity.

This webinar is designed specifically for public charities (not private foundations) and will not address applicable rules for donor advised funds.

Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to structure and administer a scholarship program.

For nonprofit managers and Board members of public charities considering the creation of a scholarship program.

Presenter: Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney


Developing Bylaws and Conflict of Interest Policies for Charter Schools

All nonprofits, including charter schools, must have a set of bylaws and conflict of interest policy that comply with New York law, including the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act. Charter schools must also comply with additional regulations. This webinar discusses the legal background for creating a set of bylaws and conflict of interest policy generally, and then discusses the provisions of the law specifically applicable to charter schools, including the General Municipal Law and the Open Meetings Law.

Learning Objective: Participants will be able to make sure their bylaws and conflict of interest policy comply with New York's nonprofit law, as well as laws applicable specifically to charter schools.

For charter school management and Board members.

Presenters: Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney, Lawyers Alliance for New York; and Corey Callahan, Director of Legal Affairs, New York City Charter School Center

Please note that there is no charge for this webinar recording.


Good Governance: Developing a Conflicts of Interest Policy

A functional and up-to-date conflicts of interest policy helps to protect your organization from unnecessary risk resulting from conflicts or the appearance of conflicts. Plus, the IRS Form 990 asks whether the filing organization has a written conflicts of interest policy. Join us as we discuss what should be included in your organization's conflicts of interest policy, how to apply your conflicts of interest policy to real-life situations, and what to do if you realize correct conflicts of interest procedures have not been used.

Learning Objective: Participants will be able to identify potential conflict of interest situations and understand what procedures to follow when a conflict arises.

For nonprofit managers and board members.

Presenters: Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel; and Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney


Keeping Up With Recent Governance Law Changes

Even if you updated your organization's bylaws and corporate documents when New York's nonprofit law changed in 2014, recent additional changes to the law mean that you should be updating your bylaws and conflicts policies once again, and taking advantage of some newly clarified governance rules. After reviewing highlights of earlier changes to the nonprofit law, we will describe the latest amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act that became effective in spring 2017. Particular attention will be given to the governance of nonprofit housing organizations, however the webinar will be useful for all nonprofits.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to make sure their bylaws and conflict of interest policy comply with the latest changes to New York's nonprofit law - including a few changes that will make it easier for the Board to operate.

For executive directors, senior staff, and board members.

Presenters: Hedwig O'Hara, Senior Staff Attorney; and Mary Burner, Staff Attorney


Leasing Space: Negotiating Lease Agreements and Lease Modifications

Securing office or program space is a challenge in today's market. Negotiating terms that benefit your organization is critical. This webinar addresses the ins and outs of negotiating and understanding commercial leases.

Learning objective: Nonprofit professionals will learn which are the key lease provisions and ways to negotiate those terms.

For Board members and nonprofit managers.

Presenter: Hedwig O'Hara, Senior Staff Attorney



Making the Most of Election Season: Civic Engagement and Nonpartisan Advocacy within the Rules

When elections are in full swing, nonprofit organizations need to consider how they can help educate and mobilize their communities without jeopardizing their tax exempt status. While 501(c)(3) organizations cannot participate in election season in a partisan manner, they can run voter registration and get out the vote campaigns, hold candidate forums, and produce voter guides, so long as they do so in a nonpartisan manner. This webinar will explain how to do all of that and more. It will also provide advice on how to respond when a candidate asks to use an organization's space or mailing lists, or invites himself to appear at an organization's event.

Learning objective: Participants will be able to identify activities that could be considered partisan within the meaning of state and federal law so as to develop effective advocacy programs that are legally compliant.

Presenter: Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel


Negotiating and Understanding Fiscal Sponsorship Agreements

This webinar provides an overview of fiscal sponsorship, which allows a non-tax-exempt organization to fundraise and operate under the umbrella of a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization which acts as the fiscal sponsor. Topics covered include fiscal sponsorship structuring options, the advantages and disadvantages of fiscal sponsorships, and common legal issues in such arrangements.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to understand the purpose of and possible structures for fiscal sponsorship arrangements. With this understanding, participants will be able to assess whether entering into a fiscal sponsorship - either as the fiscal sponsor or as the sponsored organization - is right for the organization.

For those interested in structuring a fiscal sponsorship, whether as the sponsor or sponsored organization.

Presenters: Elizabeth Perez, Legal Director; and Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney


Overtime: Is Your Nonprofit at Risk?

Almost all employees are eligible for overtime pay, unless they are exempt. Nonprofits that misclassify their employees as exempt may be at risk for unpaid overtime and interest. Learn which employees must be paid overtime, as well as how to correctly pay it.

Learning Objective: Participants will be able to determine which employees are eligible for overtime; understand options and best practices for reclassifying employees who have been treated as ineligible; and what hours and compensation must be considered in calculating overtime.

For Senior Management, HR executives, and payroll administrators.

Presenter: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney


Terminating Employees: It's an Art and a Science

Ending the employment relationship is almost as traumatic for management as it is for the employee who is being let go. The "art" is managing employee relations to reduce the risk of legal action, while the "science" is minimizing the risk of legal liability if legal action is taken.

Learning objective: Participants will be able to strengthen procedures for addressing different types of terminations based on best practices so as to better manage these difficult situations.

For senior management, human resources professionals, and supervisory personnel.

Presenter: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney


Understanding Social Media and the Law

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, you name it: social media may have become a regular part of your outreach and fundraising strategy, but do you know what legal risks you take when using it? This pre-recorded webinar provides an overview of the many legal issues lurking in your organization's social media use, including lobbying and election activity, employee fundraising, privacy (including that of minors), intellectual property, employment, and labor law. Learning Objectives: You will get an introduction to strategies that will help avoid unnecessary legal risk by understanding what common social media practices may implicate lobbying and political activity rules; how to avoid misuse of intellectual property; how to make sure that you have permission to use images of staff and program participants, including children; and how to regulate employee behavior.

For nonprofit managers and marketing, development, and human resources professionals.

Presenters: Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel; Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney; and Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney


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