NYF Workshop: Legal Issues for Advocacy Coalitions, Apr. 21, 2017

Posted on March 7, 2017

Working Together:  Legal Issues for Advocacy Coalitions

Working in coalition makes nonprofits’ advocacy stronger. It can also raise significant legal issues.  Advocacy coalitions in particular need to be aware of how lobbying and political activity restrictions and disclosure requirements affect individual members and the coalition itself. Coalition members can also incur legal responsibility for staff working on coalition issues. Conflicts can arise around who owns jointly created materials, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, fundraising, office occupancy, and more. This workshop will give you a working knowledge of the legal issues that coalitions and their members should consider and strategies for handling those issues.

Sean Delany and Laura Abel of Lawyers Alliance for New York will conduct the workshop.


Topics Covered:

  • Why conduct advocacy through coalitions?
  • What are the different legal vehicles for structuring a coalition?
  • What are the lobbying compliance obligations of the coalition and its members?
  • When might lobbying or political activity by some members be attributed to others?
  • What protocols should coalitions have in place regarding data sharing and confidentiality, conflicts of interest, ownership of jointly created materials and more?
  • When does a coalition become a joint employer?
  • What legal obligations are raised by fundraising for the coalition’s work?
  • What limitations might affect the location where the coalition will conduct its activities?


Who Should Attend: Nonprofit board members and managers

When: Friday, April 21, 2017 (rescheduled from December 2016), 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, (breakfast and lunch will be served)

Where: New York Foundation 10 East 34th St., 10th Floor

How to register: Click Here. Registration deadline is Friday, April 14, 2016

For more information: Contact Laura Abel, (212) 219-1800 x283 or label@lawyersalliance.org

Sponsored by: New York Foundation and  Mertz Gilmore Foundation