Law Essentials for Non-Lawyers Online Seminar Series

Law Essentials for Non-Lawyers Online Seminar Series

Event Information


Oct 27, 2020 - Oct 30, 2020



United States

CAE Credits:


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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. This online seminar series provides essential, up-to-date information on key legal topics—specifically for nonlawyers whose work responsibilities may be affected by legal obligations. 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.
Register now to:

  • explore 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 Monday, October 26, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Register here for the full series, or register for one or more individual sessions:


  • Agenda

    • Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Human Resources and Employment Law
      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. In this session, you’ll discuss essential topics such as recruitment, hiring, and termination practices; the Americans with Disabilities Act; forms of employment discrimination; investigation of sexual and workplace harassment complaints; and issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, including exempt/nonexempt determinations and eligibility for overtime pay.

      Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                     
      Cybersecurity and Privacy
      Associations have huge amounts of data, and some of it contains personally identifiable information that must be protected against unauthorized use and cyberattacks. Discuss methods to safeguard your association from liability if you were to become a victim of a cyberattack. Examine your organization’s security controls, access to information, and vulnerabilities in your security systems. Learn about cyberinsurance, the importance of an information security plan, and what to do when your association is compromised. Find out how to deal with the aftermath of an attack that may affect outside stakeholders.

      Thursday, Oct 29, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Antitrust and Associations
      While trade and professional associations generally play a very pro-competitive function, they are particularly susceptible to accusations of antitrust abuse. Associations are, by definition, combinations of competitors. As one former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division underscored, "[t]he members of a trade association, singly and as a group, are sitting on an antitrust powder keg!" And the penalties for antitrust violations can be severe, with enforcement from both federal and state agencies and private plaintiffs. From membership restrictions to information exchanges to codes of ethics to certification, accreditation and standard-setting, there are scores of association programs and activities that can give rise to antitrust risk. From one of the nation’s leading association attorneys, learn the basics of the antitrust laws in the association context, how to avoid the most common traps and pitfalls, and best practices for mitigating risk in this area.

      Friday, Oct 30, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Legal Risks of Social Media
      Whether through a forum, blog, Facebook page, or YouTube channel, associations employ social media platforms to communicate with their members and other important constituencies quickly and cost effectively. While social media engagement has many benefits, its usage also raises legal risks. Identify potential liability associated with social media activities, including copyright and trademark infringement, defamation, violations of privacy, and antitrust concerns. Learn what to look for in website disclaimers, forum terms of use, and social media policies to minimize liability. 


  • Speakers

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      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.

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      Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq.

      Jeff Tenenbaum is one of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys, and also is an accomplished author, lecturer, and commentator on nonprofit legal matters. As Managing Partner of the Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC in Washington, DC, Jeff counsels his clients on the broad array of legal issues affecting trade and professional associations, charities, and other nonprofits. For 19 years, Jeff practiced law at the Venable law firm and chaired its nonprofit practice for most of that time. Among numerous other honors and awards, Jeff was the 2006 recipient of the American Bar Association's Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year Award, and is one of only five lawyers in the prestigious U.S. Legal 500’s Not-for-Profit "Hall of Fame." Jeff is the author of the ASAE-published book, Association Tax Compliance Guide, and currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Trade and Professional Associations Subcommittee and on the ASAE Legal Section Council and Public Policy Committee.

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      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.

      Razvan E. Miutescu

      Raz is a technology and information governance attorney with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston. His practice focuses on privacy, data security, information technology transactions, licensing, and data management. He regularly assists non-profit organizations with foreign and domestic data protection compliance matters. He has been a co-chair of the Data Privacy, Cyber Security & Technology committee of the Maryland State Bar Association since 2015.

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