Elliott Greenleaf’s Rafael Zahralddin participated in a panel for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) on Monday, June 15th, 2015 entitled “Non-profit Startups: Guiding a Non-profit from Idea to Reality.”
Mr. Zahralddin who has served for many years on the board of the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) discussed his position as General Counsel and as chief legal advisor to the HNBA board this year. He also shared his experience as former board member for Read Aloud Delaware and his current position with the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association. He is also on the Pennsylvania Hispanic Bar Association Advisory Board.
He discussed the process of refining a non-profit’s mission and how tax status and state of incorporation affect both the creation of a non-profit and growth and expansion; liability prevention or mitigation through insurance, choice of state of incorporation and tax status, and the Federal Volunteer Protection Act. He also discussed the top legal risks facing non-profit boards, including legal liability from social media use, unhappy staff or volunteers, tax compliance and IRS Form 990, intellectual property management and protection, procurement issues, conflicts of interest and transparency, and lobbying and political activity compliance.
The HNBA is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories.
The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association is very active in both the law community and the community of Philadelphia. Throughout the year, members of the YLD are involved in numerous committees to develop programs that help children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and many other charitable endeavors.