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Obligations and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Serving on Nonprofit Boards

Understand the difference between being a board member and being an attorney rendering legal advice to a nonprofit organization.

Lawyers often serve as board members for nonprofit corporations. In some instances, they are sought out by organizations seeking their input in the form of volunteer professional advice, as a means for the nonprofit to reduce administrative expenses and focus funds on programmatic goals. In other cases, the motivation is from the attorney desiring to give back to his or her community, particularly for transactional attorneys who may eagerly choose nonprofit board involvement rather than pro bono court appearances. Despite the best of intentions, in the absence of clear expectations, at times these arrangements may do a disservice to both the organization and the attorney. Nonprofits certainly can benefit from the sound advice and counseling of board members with legal training. This topic will assist attorney board members in understanding their role on the board, including the balance between fiduciary obligations as a board member and professional obligations if representing the organization.

Runtime: 89 minutes
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Agenda

Fiduciary Obligations of All Board Members

Issues Particular to Attorneys Serving on Boards

Representing an Entity While Serving on the Board

  • Ethical Obligations
  • Attorney-Client Relationship
  • Board Procedures for Retention and Determining Compensation

How to Be an Educated Board Member

  • Key Documents for Review
  • Due Diligence Compliance Checks
  • Issue Spotting

Protections Against Liability

  • Statutory Immunities
  • Indemnification Rights: Basic and Enhanced
  • D&O Insurance
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OnDemand Course

Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on August 27, 2020.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • AK CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours' credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.50 hours of professional responsibility.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s) including 1.50 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     
  • HI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours including 1.50 ethics credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5 including Legal Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board. The Illinois Commission on Professionalism has also approved this course for the following credit: Legal Ethics for 1.50 hours.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit including 1.50 ethics hours under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • MN CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • MS CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 89 minutes of ethics credit.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.8 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professional responsibility.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Ethics and Professionalism 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Ethics and Professionalism for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for credit for established attorneys only. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours including 1.50 hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.5 including Dual 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.50 hours of dual credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit including 1.50 hour(s) of ethics credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours, including 1.8 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NALA 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program is applicable for continuing legal assistant education credit. Please check with your accrediting board to see if this course will qualify towards your recertification requirements. Program Length: 1.5 hour(s) including 1.50 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Brett R. Harris, Esq.

Brett R. Harris, Esq.

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

  • Business, nonprofit and technology attorney, shareholder in the Woodbridge, New Jersey office of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.
  • Has a corporate transactional practice, focusing on counseling charities and foundations on their exempt status, governance and compliance, and also handles intellectual property and cybersecurity matters
  • Member of the Legal Working Group for the Center for Nonprofits, an umbrella organization for New Jersey 501(c)(3)s providing advocacy, resources, training and information to strengthen nonprofits and help them thrive
  • Appointed in March of 2020 by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a trustee of The IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey
  • Serves as general counsel to the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, immediate past chair of the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Section, and a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Bylaws and Resolutions Standing Committee
  • Named as one of the Top 25 Leading Women by Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners in 2019 and one of NJBIZ Magazine’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2012
  • Member of the Nonprofit Forum Steering Committee of Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey
  • Can be contacted at 732-855-6122 and [email protected], or follow her on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @BrettHarrisEsq for posts on business and nonprofit matters, technology law and issues of interest to professional women
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Product ID: 406535
Published 2020
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