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Nonprofit Law Institute 2021

November 10, 2021 | 9:15 am  –  2:30 pm

Registration for this event is now closed. Recordings of the sessions are available to purchase with attached CLE credits (or free for pre-registered guests). Please see below for more information.

Join us for the Nonprofit Law Institute event for attorneys who want to learn about serving nonprofits, learn from leaders from the nonprofit legal field, and share their interests and experiences in working with community organizations.

This year we will be discussing the new Nonprofit Act (RCW Chapter 24.03A), which will go into effect January 1, 2022. Topics covered will include an overview of the new Act, compliance, fiduciary duties, charitable assets, enforcement, and membership.

Our keynote speaker Andrea Caupain, CEO of Byrd Barr Place, will talk about the legal field from a race/equity perspective, and how attorneys can work with clients from a place of cultural humility and understanding of the privileges and power dynamics that they hold as legal professionals.

The ethics session at the end of the day will be a continuation of the topics brought up during Andrea’s presentation. A group of panelists will be brought together to present some hypotheticals and discussion about the ethics of serving clients from community-based organizations.

This CLE will be available online as a live webinar. If you are unable to join us for the live webinar, recordings with be made available after the event.

This is a three quarter-day CLE with 3.75 total CLE credits (2 Ethics credits and 1.75 Law and Legal credits, approval pending).

Timeline and Sessions

This webinar will run from 9:15am – 2:30pm PST.

Session 1: Nonprofit Act Part 1 – Washington’s New Nonprofit Corporation Act: An Overview

This session will give a general overview of the new Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act. Speakers will give a deeper dive into relevant topics such as compliance, fiduciary duties, charitable assets, and enforcement from the Attorney General’s Office.

Speakers: David Lawson, Davis Wright Tremaine; Judy Andrews, Apex Law Group

Click here to access the recording.

Session2: Nonprofit Act Part 2 – Membership Ins and Outs

This second session on the new Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act will discuss relevant topics as they apply to membership-based nonprofit organizations.

Speakers: Nat Taylor, ELM Law; Andrea Templeton, K&L Gates

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Session 3: Keynote Presentation –Power, Privilege and Service

Attorneys hold various types of power and privilege that can impact their work when serving communities of color and other under-represented groups. Our keynote presentation aims to discuss those power and privilege dynamics, focusing on how we can overcome systemic barriers to better serve and collaborate with clients from all walks of life. We will review some of the historic moments within the United States that are still impacting the legal system today, and the role and responsibilities attorneys have within these contexts to ensure that the law does not continue to unfairly impact disenfranchised communities.

Speaker: Andrea Caupain, CEO of Byrd Barr Place

Click here to access the recording.

Session 4: The Ethics of Representing Community-Based Nonprofits

Speakers: Kyle Richard, Foster Garvey; Andrea Caupain, Byrd Barr Place; Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS-AMEN).

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Registration notes:

Any refunds requested after November 24th will not be processed.

All registered attendees will receive access to the CLE accredited recorded sessions for free to watch later. 

If you did not register ahead, the recorded sessions have been made available online to watch after the event (with CLE credits). Each session recording has been priced individually.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Silver Level

Clark Nuber

Davis Wright Tremaine

Foster Garvey

Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP

Karr Tuttle Campbell


Pacifica Law Group

Thank you to our host for your support!
Davis Wright Tremaine

Thank you to the Planning Committee

Judy Andrews, Apex Law Group

Lorri Dunsmore, Perkins Coie

David Lawson, Davis Wright Tremaine

Joanna Boisen, Davis Wright Tremaine

Jeff Liang, Ling and Liang PLLC

Brenda Tausch Lapora, Communities Rise

Jodi Nishioka, Communities Rise

Sarah Baker, Communities Rise