Board members who voluntarily give of their time to advance their profession automatically assume individual legal obligations and personal risk by serving in their positions. This concise booklet will quickly orient them to these obligations and summarize the major areas of risk including:antitrustdefamation and infringementtax-exemption requirementslobbying and political activityRounding out this resource is a section on avoiding or minimizing risks. As an association, one thing you can do is educate your board members by giving them each a copy of this booklet.
Jerald A. Jacobs is an attorney in Washington, D.C., USA who focuses on counseling and advocacy for business, professional, social welfare, philanthropic, and other nonprofit organizations. He serves as General Counsel to ASAE, the major national association of nonprofit organization executive leadership. He has taught nonprofit organization law at graduate law and business schools, he has been recognized by the American Bar Association for his work in the nonprofit organization field, and he has advised the governments of the European Union and the People's Republic of China on their laws for nongovernmental organizations.