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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.

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.


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.


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


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