Association Law Essentials: Online Seminar Series

Association Law Essentials: Online Seminar Series

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Sep 26, 2023 - Sep 28, 2023



United States

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CAE Credits: Each seminar in this series qualifies for 1 CAE credit. Participation in the full series qualifies for 3 CAE credits. Credits can only be earned through live attendance of each seminar. Watching recorded seminars will not count toward CAE credit.

Join some of the best legal minds in the association profession for information on late-breaking legal issues that executives face today. Facilitated by Jerry Jacobs, Partner with Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP, this series promises to reshape your thinking on some of the most relevant legal issues associations are facing in 2023 and beyond. Topics to be covered include remote/hybrid workforces, the evolution of office leasing and configuration, event site selection in the midst of high profile public policy issues, other post-COVID meeting topics such as ADA compliance and health and safety guidelines, CEO employment agreements, and antitrust.

Registration for the full series will close Tuesday September 26th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

This online seminar features facilitated audio content and conversations. Soon after registering, attendees will receive login information from Zoom. Participants will have access to the recorded session, reference materials, and more for up to 30 days following the program.

Accessibility Features:
This program will be hosted via Zoom and will have professional live captioning provided by 3PlayMedia. If you have questions about this event's accessibility, please reach out to Linnae O’Flahavan

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Meet the Facilitator

Jerald A. Jacobs, Esq.
Jerald A. Jacobs is a partner with the Pillsbury law firm in Washington, DC and head of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations Practice. He has served as General Counsel to ASAE for more than twenty years. Jerry has produced a dozen books on nonprofit organization law, including the Association Law Handbook, 6th Edition, The Legal Guide to Nonprofit Mergers and Joint Ventures, Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook, 3rd Edition, and Legal Duties for Directors, all published by ASAE.

Meet the Speakers

Pat Blake, CEO, Heart Rhythm Society
Ms. Blake began her association career as a meeting planner for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Dearborn, Michigan. She then moved to Minneapolis and joined the American Academy of Neurology where she ultimately served as the Deputy Executive Director. Pat and her family relocated to Chicago to serve as the Executive Director for the Emergency Nurse’s Association. She was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) in February 2002. Pat served as a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Business Services Board, was named an ASAE Fellow in 2013, served as a Director on the ASAE Board, and is currently the Chair-elect and Chair of the ASAE Foundation. Ms. Blake is a former Chair and an active member of the Key Professional Associations Committee (KPAC). She is a past Board member and Chair of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the 2014-15 Shapiro Award recipient.

Donte Shannon, Executive Director, Industrial Designers Society of America
Donté P. Shannon, FASAE, CAE, is an association executive and Board strategy advisor with 18 years’ experience in association management, 7 of those years include experience as a 3-time CEO. Donte has worked with professional and trade associations, across many different industries, ranging from state associations to national associations with global impact.

Jordan Brainard, Senior Vice President, CBRE
Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Jordan Brainard has 18 years of experience in D.C. area commercial real estate and a notable client roster that includes Accenture, Booz|Allen|Hamilton, Host Hotels & Resorts, Nestlé USA, Jenner & Block, and Wiley, one of the largest transactions completed in the Greater Washington Region in 2020.

Jordan started her career at Vornado Realty Trust as a landlord agent. Prior to joining CBRE, and most recently, she worked at Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), where her concentration on occupier representation on a local and national level developed.

Jordan’s extensive experience working on law firm and corporate transactions provides her with key insight into space utilization and workplace trends, the war for talent, and internal consensus-building. She excels at managing and negotiating complex transactions start to finish.

Debra Ben Avram, CEO, Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies
Debra BenAvram, FASAE, CAE, is CEO of AABB in Bethesda, MD. She previously served as the CEO of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Debra received a B.S. in dietetics with a concentration in business from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in educational leadership with an emphasis on leadership and organizational culture from Miami University. Debra also holds a certificate in executive leadership from Cornell University. As an active volunteer leader, she is an ASAE Fellow and currently serves on ASAE’s board. In 2010, Debra was recognized with ASAE's Emerging Leader Award: Women Who Promote Excellence in Associations.

Julia Judish, Special Counsel, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman
Julia Judish is Special Counsel with the Nonprofit Organizations practice of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  She regularly advises nonprofit organizations on legal compliance, employment issues, DEI, credentialing, ethics and disciplinary codes, ADA accessibility, and related areas, working with both staff leadership and Boards. She also served on the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force, advising employers and associations on a range of pandemic and post-pandemic issues.  Ms. Judish writes extensively on nonprofit and employment legal issues; she co-authored the Due Process and ADA chapters of the Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook (3rd ed.) and the Certification Law chapter of the Certification: The ICE Handbook (3rd ed.).  She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and has received multiple honors for excellence in legal services.

Jean Kuei, Partner, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman
As Pillsbury’s Labor & Employment Practice Group leader, Jean Kuei partners with employers to craft creative solutions to workplace disputes. Jean advises clients ranging from small businesses, trade associations and non-profit organizations to Fortune 50 companies across a wide array of industries to include financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, retail, technology and manufacturing services. Her work covers a broad range of employment cases from single-plaintiff retaliation, discrimination and harassment matters to wage and hour class, collective and PAGA representative actions. Jean’s practice includes complex and high-stakes investigations, litigation and internal reviews and audits. She also has experience responding to potential activist shareholder litigation and coordinating a multi-disciplinary response to crises. Jean conducts management training on a variety of employment topics for corporations and trade associations, and regularly advises employers on issues involving ESG, artificial intelligence, affirmative action, pay equity, trade secrets, unfair competition and breach of contract.

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