For the past decade or so, scandals involving public companies and the nonprofit sector have pushed tax-exempt organizations into the compliance spotlight. At the same time, nonprofits face significant financial constraints and increased competition for funds, and must demonstrate effective programs and efficient spending. Under continued pressure from government agencies, watchdog groups, funders, and constituents, exempt organizations need to ensure their governance and management practices leave no room for legal or financial error, and effectively advance the organization's mission. This resource examines the key issues to be aware of, as well as recommended policies and practices to minimize liability and maximize effectiveness. Don't miss this opportunity to cover your bases - order today!
Session time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern
Presenter: Dr. Jim J.S. Johnson
DR. JIM J.S. JOHNSON is a sole practitioner in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where his law practice is dominated by representing tax-exempt organizations, with special attention to how nonprofit corporations comply with education law, personnel law, contract law, and copyright law. Dr. Johnson has invested almost 30 years in litigation, with the past 20+ years including assignments on an as-needed basis, as a part-time trial judge in nonjury employment law adjudications governed by administrative law statutes, applying the usual rules of evidence, as well as most of the usual rules of civil procedure. These adjudications routinely require management of pretrial matters, including resolving pretrial discovery disputes, as well as other pretrial matters prior to presiding at bench trials on the merits, and followed by issuing dispositive orders, fact-findings on ultimate issues, trial record-based recommendations, lengthy opinions, and other forms of trial judge decision-making. Dr. Johnson’s litigation experience, as an attorney, is dominated by federal court practice (trial and appellate), including 20 years as a board-certified business bankruptcy law specialist in Texas. Many of those years have included his teamwork with paralegals, working together to solve problems and prepare cases for courtroom trials and evidentiary hearings, as well as oral depositions. He is admitted in Texas and Colorado; as well as in seven federal courts; and has been admitted pro hac vice to courts in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Dr. Johnson has also practiced (as an attorney) regulatory law before a variety of federal and state administrative agencies. His opinions in this National Business Institute program (as well as in his many published law journal articles) are his own, as one who has both litigated and adjudicated in many court contexts, and do not represent the legal views or official positions of any governmental agency or court that he serves. With a post-doctoral certification by the Texas Attorney General's Office, he has also served as a paternity establishment officer, providing expert testimony in court and certifying forensic documentation for changing birth certificates, and for 10+ has served as a lecturer and expert on experts (especially as in relation to forensic sciences and empirical sciences). Also, as a college professor, he has taught several law-related college courses at LeTourneau University, Concordia University Texas at Fort Worth, ICR-SOBA, and Dallas Christian College.