Essential Association Law Topics for Nonlawyers Online Seminar Series

Essential Association Law Topics for Nonlawyers Online Seminar Series

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Jan 22, 2018 - Jan 25, 2018 Eastern


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



United States

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CAE Credits: Registrants will earn a maximum of 4 CAE credits.

Awareness of legal issues that may affect your organization is critical for all association professionals, including nonlawyers. This online seminar series provides fundamental, up-to-date information on essential legal topics specifically for nonattorneys whose work encompasses legal tasks. During this virtual program, you’ll have an opportunity to network with colleagues and gather tips and practical tools from association law experts that you can implement immediately at the office.

Register now to:

  • explore legal topics in association law through presentations and facilitated chat discussions.
  • gain new knowledge to help you assess the legal implications of your decisions.
  • network with fellow association professionals and legal subject-matter experts.

This online seminar series consists of four 60-minute live online sessions that feature facilitated audio content and conversations. Before the first session, registrants will receive login information and links to test their computer and become acquainted with the platform. Participants will have access to recorded sessions, reference materials, and more for up to 30 days following the program.

Registration for this online seminar series will close Friday, January 19, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Day 1: Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights

Day 2: Managing Your Association’s Social Media Presence

Day 3: Contract Law: Mitigating Risk

Day 4: Human Resources and Employment Law Fundamentals

  • Agenda

    • Monday, January 22, 2018

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights
      Do you understand your association’s intellectual property rights? This complex subject includes copyright and trademark registration monitoring and enforcement, as well as other topics, including licensing and works made for hire. Association professionals should know how to claim ownership in their organization’s intellectual property and how to protect it against infringement. Additionally, you need to know what agreements to have in place to ensure the association owns materials created by your volunteers and independent contractors. Explore the key aspects of association intellectual property rights and identify ways to avoid infringement and protect your valuable IP.

      Tuesday, January 23, 2018

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Managing Your Association’s Social Media Presence
      Online social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, have become important tools for associations to communicate. But misuse or improper registration practices can derail these efforts and generate legal risks. This session explores how to minimize risk in your organization’s use of social media. Examine registration, content, contacts, take-down policies, and other key aspects of working within these third-party networks.

      Wednesday, January 24, 2018

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Contract Law: Mitigating Risk
      Associations often plan their events months, even years, in advance, so it’s important to ensure that your association’s contracts protect its interests, including in the event of cancellation. This session examines best practices for mitigating risk through contracting. Discuss the fundamentals of negotiating agreements, gain helpful tools for engaging in productive negotiations, and understand the necessity of incorporating key contractual provisions.

      Thursday, January 25, 2018

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Human Resources and Employment Law Fundamentals
      Human resources management and employment law are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the modern workplace. Association professionals need to stay up to date on these changes to ensure that their organization’s HR policies and practices comply with current law. This session covers essential topics such as recruitment, hiring, and termination practices; the Americans with Disabilities Act; forms of employment discrimination; investigation of sexual harassment claims; and issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, including exempt/nonexempt determinations and eligibility for overtime pay.

  • Speakers

    • Rachel Steiner

      Rachel Steiner is a Senior Attorney at Chicago Law Partners, LLC. Rachel practices not-for-profit law and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in litigation and employment matters, including counseling. She has represented not-for-profit and for-profit businesses, governmental entities, and individual clients. Rachel also has litigated cases in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels, and has practiced before a number of administrative tribunals.

      Armand J. Zottola

      A.J. Zottola works at the intersection of commerce and technology, focusing his practice on the exploitation of intellectual property, intangible, and technology assets in business and strategic relationships and in connection with professional services and outsourcing arrangements. His in-depth knowledge helps clients achieve practical and creative solutions for large and small businesses, nonprofits, and trade associations to procure, exploit, manage and protect their intangible and proprietary assets and utilize third party service providers. In addition, he regularly counsels clients on intellectual property, e-commerce and privacy issues, and prosecutes and manages U.S. and foreign trademark and copyright portfolios.

      Katharine Meyer

      Katie Foster Meyer has been practicing law for over 20 years. Katie provides legal advice to non-profit organizations regarding intellectual property, credentialing, contracts, employment, social media, antitrust compliance, corporate governance, and corporate transactional matters. She is a frequent writer for numerous trade association journals, including Association Trends and The Certifier.

      Jennifer Jackman

      Jennifer Jackman, an experienced member of the Business Litigation and Employment sections represents large and small businesses, nonprofit associations, employers, community associations, and individuals in matters involving discrimination, business torts, professional liability, defamation, general negligence, wage and hour, and breach of contracts. Jennifer is a member of the Defense Research Institute where she serves as the Membership Chair of the Trial Tactics Committee. She is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, ASAE, and the American Bar Association. She serves as panel counsel for insurance companies, routinely defending employers and board members from discrimination and professional liability claims. She counsels clients and provides training on all areas of employment. She has repeatedly been included as a Super Lawyer in the Washington D.C. metro area and was awarded the 2013 Rising Stars.

      Tiffany Releford

      Tiffany Releford, co-chair of the firm’s Community Associations practice group, focuses her practice on labor and employment law and community associations in the DC Metro area. Tiffany represents large and small businesses, nonprofit associations, employers, community associations and individuals in matters involving discrimination. She routinely counsels community associations in covenant enforcement, revising and amending governing documents, transition from developer to owner control, warranty claims, and collection of delinquent assessments. She defends community associations in fair housing complaints, breach of contract claims, environmental claims, personal injury and tort actions in state courts and before administrative bodies. Additionally, she has been listed as a “Rising Star” in the 2014, 2015, & 2016 Super Lawyers in the Washington D.C. metro area.

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