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Let’s Go Legal!

March 31, 2021 | 12:00 pm  –  1:30 pm


Online through Washington Nonprofits

Let’s Go Legal covers the five main topics board members need to know: State Law, Federal Law, Fundraising, Employment, and Intellectual Property. Let’s Go Legal shows how your organization is like a car. You need to register it with the state, driving on federal roads involves an additional set of rules, you need fuel to move your car forward (that’s the money part), the people in the car matter, and the look and feel of your car make it special. It covers what you need to know about each of these topics and provides an easy checklist to make sure your organization covers it all.

We will take some deeper dives into nonprofit law topics along the way: by-laws and how to use them to strengthen your board practice, advocacy and ways to grow your mission within the public sector.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is designed for nonprofit board members or staff interested in nonprofit law basics. It is appropriate for organizations with or without staff.

About the Presenters

Tony Ramsey, Karr Tuttle Campbell

Tony Ramsey is an attorney with Karr Tuttle Campbell and is a member of the firm’s trusts and estates and taxation practice groups. In his practice, Tony regularly advises tax-exempt organizations on legal issues related to formation, corporate governance, and qualification for and maintenance of tax-exempt status. Prior to joining the firm, Tony was a summer associate with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he supported the legal team in providing guidance across a variety of areas including tax, transactional, employment, and operations. He currently serves as an adjunct professor with the Graduate Program in Taxation at the University of Washington School of Law and as a mentor attorney with Wayfind’s “Start-up Advocates Program.” Tony earned his B.A. degree from Seattle University and both his J.D. and LL.M. in taxation degrees from the University of Washington School of Law.

Brenda Tausch Lapora, Communities Rise

Brenda Tausch Lapora (she/her) has a background in civil legal aid, veterans law, and assisting nonprofits with transactional matters. Brenda’s previous work includes launching the military Discharge Upgrade Clinic for the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project in New York City, and representing veterans in veterans’ benefits and military discharge upgrade cases. She first started assisting low-income individuals and communities as an attorney on the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR legal hotline. Brenda also has experience teaching Ethiopian law students at Haramaya University, where she lived for six months. She has served on the Board of Directors of six nonprofits, and most recently served on the Seattle Globalist’s Board. Brenda is also a Senior Affiliate Instructor for the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program, and was a 2017 JustLead Washington Leadership Academy Fellow.

Presented by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of State and Communities Rise.