Justice & Diversity Center Supports Nonprofits That Aid Underserved Communities

By Gloria Chun, JDC Pro Bono Manager and CORP Supervising Attorney

From left, Ingrid Mittermaier and Martha Lackritz

From left, Ingrid Mittermaier and Martha Lackritz

The Justice & Diversity Center’s (JDC) Community Organization Representation Project (CORP) recently hosted a workshop on “What Every Nonprofit Board Member Should Know.”

This free overview of a board member’s duties and obligations served both as an introduction for non-lawyers, and a refresher for attorneys who represent nonprofits or serve on boards.

For a group of 47 attendees, presenters Ingrid Mittermaier and Martha Lackritz, both of Adler & Colvin, discussed: director/officer fiduciary duties; nonprofit-specific duties and obligations on charitable trust law; asset management and conflicts of interest; limiting director and officer liability; navigating “insider” transactions; and keeping transparent and legally compliant records.

CORP assists with business law matters for nonprofits that serve low-income communities throughout Northern California. The organizations that attended the April workshop included groups that prevent child abuse and domestic violence, provide low-income families with subsidized child care, and legal assistance to low-wage and immigrant workers.

JDC thanks Ingrid Mittermaier, Martha Lackritz and Adler & Colvin for donating their time on behalf of nonprofits providing crucial services.

To learn how you can use your transactional/ business law experience to help nonprofits, please contact CORP’s Staff Attorney Doan Nguyen at dnguyen@sfbar.org or 415-782-8973.donate-button