Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW8632
    Sched. No.: 114820995

Nonprofit Clinic (YR)
Section 1
Leone, Camilyn K.
Sipe, Maynard L.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):T, 1540-1740 (SL131)
Credits:3Type:Yearlong clinic
Capacity:8 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
Current Enrollment:8 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
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Course Description:

Offered in conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center, students in this yearlong clinic will advise and work directly with local nonprofit boards on a “legal health checkup” and other matters such as initial formation, establishing tax-exempt status, charitable solicitation, state/local taxation, contracts and ongoing legal compliance. Class sessions will examine corporate law and governance principles through the lens of Virginia state and local laws applied to clients’ issues. Check-in sessions will support practical work for clients. Client communication, organization and document editing skills are key to success in the course. Students will produce memos for their clients on several of the topics covered in class. The form and content of these memos will be discussed with the instructors after students consult with their clients to identify their legal issues. Students will use Justice Server to keep track of their time and progress with the clients.

In the 2014 clinic, students examined articles, bylaws, IRS filings including the IRS forms 1023 and 990. Students worked with nonprofit corporations in all stages of existence from start-up to well-established corporations. Clients sought legal guidance for legal issues such as risk management, corporate governance, fundraising and compliance with local, state and federal laws.

Instructors will also lecture on 501(c)(3) public charity history and the theory behind recognition of federal tax exemption, theories of civil society, models of corporate governance, best practices in 501(c)(3) public charity management, seeking exempt status, audit and financial controls, philanthropy, political action and risk management. When available, local nonprofit leaders and experts be guest speakers.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.
PREREQUISITE: Second- or third-year status. Corporations or Corporations (Law & Business) recommended, but not required
ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Regular contact with clients and supervisors; relevant readings and research; preparation of corporate documents and IRS forms; timekeeping; memoranda summarizing client work

Prerequisites:Second- or third-year status. Corporations or Corporations (Law & Business) recommended, but not required
This course is on the professional skills course list.