NONPROFIT AND HOUSE OF WORSHIP LAW
As Horace Mann said, you should be “ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” The Nissenbaum Law Group strives to serve the needs of the broader community by representing nonprofit charities and houses of worship.
Nonprofits and Houses of Worship
Nonprofits and houses of worship are often all that the dispossessed of our society can rely upon to protect them. It is vital that commercial law firms utilize their business law proficiency to help such clients carry out their mission of social justice.
Indeed, many of the firm’s attorneys serve on boards of trustees and undertake many other leadership roles in regard to a variety of nonprofit charities and religious institutions. They not only understand the charitable mission of such clients, but also have a nuanced understanding of their unique legal challenges, as well.
These challenges range from interpreting the Internal Revenue Service conflict of interest rules to the fiduciary responsibility of officers and trustees; from the formation of nonprofit entities to applying for 501(c)(3) status; from addressing the unique personnel issues raised by employing those committed to the mission to complying with fundraising laws and regulations.
As Horace Mann said, you should be “ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” The Nissenbaum Law Group welcomes the opportunity to further that effort.
The Nissenbaum Law Group represents its clients in a wide variety of legal challenges confronting nonprofits and houses of worship, such as the following:
- forming nonprofit corporations
- applying for 501(c)(3) status
- complying with state fundraising regulations
- preparing corporate resolutions and by-laws in accord with legal and regulatory requirements
- analyzing conflict of interest matters confronting the board of trustees
- providing advice with regard to personnel issues
- negotiating commercial real estate leases and purchases
- preserving intellectual property rights such as copyright and trademark
- defending First Amendment and religious autonomy rights
- addressing potential federal Religious Land Use Act violations
Publications & Presentations
- Receiving Classified Information: Government Secrecy and the Litigation Process (Co-author), NJ Lawyer Magazine, October 2009
- In the Arena: Litigating for the American Civil Liberties Union-NJ, NJ Lawyer, December, 2007
Classes & Seminars Presented:
- Presented Seminar, Nonprofit Board Role & Responsibilities, State Council of New Jersey Junior Leagues Get On Board Conference, Morristown, NJ, April 2018
- Presented Seminar, GOB Matching: Next Steps to Board Involvement, State Council of New Jersey Junior Leagues Get On Board Conference, Morristown, NJ, April 2017
- Presented Seminar, The New First Amendment Challenges Confronting America in 2017, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, May 2017
- Presented Seminar, Top 10 Legal Issues Confronting Nonprofits, State Council of New Jersey Junior League’s Get On Board Conference, April 2017
- Presented Seminar, Nonprofit Board Role & Responsibilities, State Council of New Jersey Junior Leagues Get On Board Conference, Morristown, NJ, April 2017
- Presented Seminar, Latest Legal Developments in Privacy Law, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, 2013
- Presented Seminar, Theatre and the Law, American Association of Community Theatre National Convention, New York, NY, July 2012
- Presented Seminar, Latest Legal Developments in Voting Law, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, 2012
- Presented Seminar, Guantanamo and Civil Rights, NJ Seeds, Drew University, 2008
- Panelist, Security and Liberty: Is There a Trade Off?, Farleigh Dickenson University, Office of Global Learning, Teaneck, NJ, 2008
- Presented Seminar, Legal Aspects of the Excessive Use of Force by Law Enforcement, The College of New Jersey: American Civil Liberties Union-NJ, 2007
- Presented Seminar, Civil Rights in New Jersey in the Post-9/11 World (periodic speeches before community groups, universities and other organizations), American Civil Liberties Union – New Jersey, 2006-Present
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