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.

Am I Lobbying? Understanding Which Activities New York Nonprofits Should Track for Lobbying Reporting Purposes

A New York nonprofit organization that participates in a lobby day, seeks government funds, or urges government actors to help their community may need to track and report lobbying activity. This webinar will explain which activities may count as lobbying for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code limit on lobbying by a 501(c)(3) public charity, as well as the New York State and New York City lobbyist registration laws.

Learning Objective: Participants will be able to identify which of their activities should be tracked and potentially reported on their organization’s IRS 990, as well as to the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) and the New York City Clerk’s Lobbying Bureau.

For nonprofit managers and advocates.

Presenter: Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel

Recorded on: October 7, 2021


Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance for Nonprofit Organizations

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires that employers with more than 15 employees (including nonprofits) make reasonable accommodations for the employment of disabled individuals. The ADA also requires “public accommodation” nonprofits that offer goods or services (e.g. a common area waiting room or, in some cases, even a website) must make those places accessible to the disabled. Nonprofits that fail to comply with these requirements leave themselves vulnerable to claims and potential litigation, including from persons that actively seek out, and specialize in, ADA lawsuits.  This presentation will address ways to mitigate those risks and will cover topics including: compliance with ADA requirements when advertising jobs and hiring; required accessibility of physical premises and websites as well as potential amendments to the ADA and the related legislative outlook.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn about ADA compliance requirements, increase their ability to comply and decrease their exposure to associated claims.

For nonprofit Board members and managers seeking to learn about their obligations under the ADA.

Presenters: William Ng, Partner and Matt Capobianco, Associate at Littler Mendelson P.C.

Recorded on: February 22, 2021


Becoming a Nonprofit: Incorporation and Tax Exemption

Getting a new nonprofit organization off to the right start can mean the difference between success and failure. This webinar 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.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to evaluate the decision to form a nonprofit corporation and apply for federal tax exemption based upon an understanding of state and federal law.

For those interested in forming a nonprofit organization in New York.

Presenters: Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney, and Rafi Stern, Staff Attorney/Legal Fellow

Recorded on: March 26, 2020


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

Recorded on: December 10, 2019


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

Recorded on: May 7, 2019



CARES Act Loan Guidance and Next Steps for Nonprofits

This webinar for nonprofits highlights two SBA loan programs included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act): the Payroll Protection Program Loan and Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For each loan program, we review loan eligibility and qualification, eligibility and conditions for loan forgiveness, potential loan terms, and, generally, borrower requirements for the application process.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will receive information and guidance regarding eligibility, qualifications and requirements for the PPP Loan and EIDL, and will have an opportunity to ask questions.

For chief financial officers, finance administrators, executive directors, and executive staff.

Presenters: Steven Polivy, Chair of the Economic Development and Incentives Practice at Akerman LLP and Taila Martin, Special Counsel at Akerman LLP

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

Recorded on: April 15, 2020


Claim that Tune: Music Licensing for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations use recorded music for a variety of purposes: as part of a performance, during after school classes, creating the sound track for an outreach video, or even as background music at a gala. But use of recorded music without the proper permission – a “license” – can subject your organization to payment of money damages and reputational harm for copyright infringement.

Learning Objectives: This webinar will explain the different types of licenses that are needed when music is used by nonprofits, and when and how to obtain them.

For nonprofit leaders and program officers, particularly of community arts and after school organizations, as well as development and communications managers.


Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney, Lawyers Alliance for New York

Lucy Bridgwood, Associate General Counsel, Spotify USA, Inc.

Sara Domeier, Senior Legal Counsel, Spotify USA, Inc.

Mark Maher, Senior Legal Counsel, Spotify USA, Inc.

Bryant Smith, Legal Counsel, Spotify USA, Inc.

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

Recorded on: July 28, 2021


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 Objectives: 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

Recorded on: November 6, 2019


Contract Considerations for Nonprofits During the Coronavirus Outbreak

As nonprofits respond to the current global pandemic, whether and how they and their vendors and partners can fulfill contract obligations are some of the most frequently asked questions (e.g., Do we have to continue meeting government contract deliverables? Do we have to pay the consultant who was going to run our now-cancelled conference? Can we cancel or postpone our gala?). The answers typically lie in a nonprofit organization’s contracts. This webinar will cover important steps nonprofits should take to review their contracts as well as key provisions and issues to consider in light of COVID-19.

Learning Objectives: Participants will understand key issues relating to contracts during the Coronavirus outbreak.

For nonprofit executives, managers, and staff.

Presenters: Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney and Bee-Seon Keum, Staff Attorney

Recorded on: April 8, 2020 


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 Objectives: 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

Recorded on: November 17, 2020


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.

Recorded on: May 8, 2018


El Papel de la Junta Directiva de una Organización sin Fines de Lucro

Los directores acuerdan servir en la junta directiva de una organización sin fines de lucro porque apoyan la misión y el trabajo de la organización.  El servicio en una junta directiva conlleva responsabilidades significativas.  Este webinar tratará el papel de los miembros de la junta directiva de una organización sin fines de lucro y cómo los miembros de la junta directiva pueden proporcionar una supervisión adecuada. Este webinar se presentará en español.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje: Los participantes podrán identificar las responsabilidades de los miembros de la junta directiva basadas en los documentos corporativos de la organización y apoyar proactivamente el buen gobierno corporativo.

Para miembros de juntas directivas de organizaciones sin fines de lucro, en particular los recién elegidos. 

Presentadoras: Cristina Pérez, Abogada Voluntaria, e Isa Julson Barahona, Abogada de Plantilla / Cleary Extern, Lawyers Alliance

Grabado el: 3 de abril, 2020

The English version of this webinar is here.


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

Presenters: Hedwig O'Hara, Legal Director and Lori Moses, Senior Staff Attorney

For nonprofit managers and Board members.

Recorded on: October 19, 2021


Guidance on Commercial Leases During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the ability of nonprofit organizations in New York City (and across the United States) to operate in the ordinary course. Governmental restrictions (including orders that non-essential businesses keep their workforces out of the workplace) and a host of changing economic conditions threaten the liquidity and viability of many of those organizations. Among other things, organizations have had to weigh the decision to abandon the premises they lease or to withhold rent due to their landlords. Peter Borock and Salvatore Gogliormella, from the Real Estate Department at Paul, Weiss, highlight certain actions that commercial tenants suffering hardship as a result of the pandemic should consider taking, as well as certain factors they should take into account in doing so. Topics include whether tenants can cancel their leases or pay less rent during the pandemic, what landlords can do if tenants default, and whether tenants can negotiate accommodations with their landlords.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn what to look for in a commercial lease to determine the best next steps to take during times of economic strain and will learn the ramifications of withholding rent or terminating early as opposed to negotiating revised lease terms with a landlord.

For nonprofit executives, managers and Board members.

Presenters: Salvatore Gogliormella, Esq. and Peter Borock, Esq. of Paul, Weiss, presented for New York Lawyers for Public Interest and Lawyers Alliance for New York

Recorded on: May 7, 2020


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

Recorded on: October 3, 2017


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

Recorded on: October 10, 2018


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

When election season is 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 educate voters about the mail-in ballot process, run get out the vote campaigns, and educate voters about the issues, 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 asks to appear at an organization's event.

Learning Objective: Participants will be able to identify nonpartisan activities that a public charity is allowed to conduct during election season.

Presenters: Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel, and Rafi Stern, Staff Attorney

Recorded on: January 26, 2021


Mitigating Risks: Not-for-Profit Insurance 101

An effective insurance program is one of the most important risk management tools available to not-for-profit organizations. Yet, managers and directors are confronted with, at times, a confusing array of verbiage and coverage decisions. This webinar, conducted by both legal and business representatives, discusses how to assess the scope of coverage that is appropriate for your organization. We review provisions in commercial insurance policies typically purchased by community-based organizations, such as general commercial liability, professional liability, and management liability insurance. In addition, we address specific claims-related questions to help you chart the coverage most suited for your organization. We also discuss the “ABC's” as well as your complex insurance requirements.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to identify the types of insurance most suitable for their organizations and to help avoid a  future gap in coverage or a coverage denial.

For directors and managers of newly organized not-for-profits, as well as experienced directors and managers who seek fact-specific guidance.

Presenters: Raquel Fruchter, Vice President, Managing Counsel for Financial Lines, Chubb; Bettina Rhodes, Vice President NFP, Company Product Manager for Financial Lines, Chubb; Joseph Coray, Vice President, Small Commercial Insurance, Chubb; and Lorraine Mandel, Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers Alliance

Recorded on: January 29, 2020


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

Recorded on: December 6, 2017


Operating an Afterschool Program: Youth Protection Practices and Policies and Reducing Liability in Remote Learning

Nonprofits providing educational services to children and young adults face a variety of regulatory and liability issues.  In the COVID-19 era, the shift to digital learning has made it crucial for afterschool programs to have the proper policies and documents in place to ensure they are also protected from potential legal risk in an online setting. This webinar focuses on some of the key issues liability issues that afterschool programs face in the remote learning environment and provides guidance to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and decrease liability exposure.

Learning Objectives: Participants will understand, identify and mitigate common legal risks associated with the operation of an afterschool program in a remote setting.

Presenter: Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney

Recorded on: May 27, 2020


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 Objectives: 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

Recorded on: September 19, 2019


Paycheck Protection Program (January 2021 Update)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) provided federal stimulus relief that, among other things, included the modification and expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).  During this presentation held on January 13, 2021, Lawyers from DLA Piper discussed key features of PPP 2.0, including eligibility and considerations for first-time applicants and nonprofit organizations looking to make a second draw. The speakers also covered updates on the expanded availability of ERTC.


  • Michael “Mick” Helmicki
  • Tami Howie
  • Ryan Vann
  • Aditi Eleswarapu


Responding to COVID-19: Reducing Your Workforce

Both programming and funding have been upended by the pandemic. The Payroll Protection Program was only a temporary fix. Many nonprofits now face the unpleasant prospect of drastically reducing expenses, including payroll expense. Nonprofit leaders will have many questions. What are some of the alternatives to layoffs? How does the New York State Unemployment Insurance Shared Work program work? Which employees can be furloughed? How is that different from a layoff? How do I select employees for furlough or layoff? Do I need to worry about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act?

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about ways to avoid job losses, plus legal and practical considerations to reduce legal risk when partial, temporary, or permanent job loss can’t be avoided.

For Board members, senior leaders, and human resources staff.

Presenter: Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney

Recorded on: May 19, 2020


Role of the Nonprofit Board of Directors: Legal Responsibilities and Best Practices

Directors agree to serve on nonprofit boards because they support the mission and work of an organization.  However, service on a nonprofit board brings with it significant responsibilities.  This webinar addresses the role of nonprofit board members and how board members can provide proper oversight.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify the responsibilities of board members based upon the organization’s governing documents and proactively support good corporate governance. 

For newly elected members of nonprofit Boards.

Presenter: Bee-Seon Keum, Staff Attorney

Recorded on: December 18, 2019

The Spanish version of this webinar is here.


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

Recorded on: December 11, 2019


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; Ciarra Chavarria, Staff Attorney; and Hannah Marek, Staff Attorney/Extern

Recorded on: June 25, 2019







史杨青 (Serena Y. Shi), 律师

肖力元 (Lillian Xiao), 律师

刘海婧 (Helen Liu), 律师

薛元泓 (Alfred Xue), 律师兼导师



The English version of this webinar is here.


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