AUSTIN AREA–FREE SMALL BUSINESS LEGAL CLINIC Monday- December 08, 2014 at 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
BiGAUSTIN and Texas C-BAR are teaming up to provide a FREE small business legal clinic in the Austin metro area. Volunteer attorneys will be available for one-on-one consultation sessions to cover topics important to small businesses, such as entity formation, general liability, contracts, employment procedure, negotiation, patents and trademarks, and more. Volunteer attorneys will offer legal advice in the individual consultation sessions only. If a business owner is currently in litigation or needs extended legal services, the clinic will have resource referrals on hand – these consultations will not result in the volunteer attorneys providing extended legal services.

Participants must arrive and sign in before 6:30 p.m. to be seen by an attorney. Staff will be on hand to assist.  Business owners should come prepared to discuss their legal questions and bring all relevant documents. All participants will be required to fill out a thorough intake questionnaire. clinic intake questionnaire

This clinic is generously funded by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas.  For additional information please contact Ileana Riojas at (512) 374-2712.

Registration:  FREE- Register Online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-small-business-legal-clinic-tickets-14375677037

Location:  BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center- 5407 North IH 35, Suite 200, Austin, TX. 78723

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Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars for Nonprofits Executives in the Austin, Houston and Dallas Area

“The Role of Effective Board Committees in Nonprofit Governance”

Friday, November 24, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

Nonprofit boards of directors have important responsibilities. They are expected to govern with due care, in good faith, and with leadership to ensure that the organization carries out it charitable mission. A Board must also prepare the organization for the future, and ensure its financial sustainability. In order to make the most productive and efficient use of individual directors’ time and expertise and to help advance the organization’s goals, Boards may seek to address specific issues at a committee level. Effective committee structures appropriately divide work among the full board, committees and staff.

This seminar will provide information about the different types of board committees, and the pros and cons of delegating responsibilities to those committees; the difference between advisory committees and committees with authority to act on behalf of the board; and relevant federal and state law issues as well as best practices related to the creation and operation of board committees, including the role of board committees in reviewing executive compensation.

Note: This program is part of the Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Series ans is designed for executive directors, board and committee members, and other people responsible for nonprofit governance. It is also appropriate for anyone who wishes to strengthen their skills in this critical area. It will be held by interactive videoconference in the Austin, Dallas, and Houston offices of DLA Piper law firm.  Admission is free but registration is required.

Please review the seminar brochure

To register, go to: http://goo.gl/iMkHl

Hurry—registration closes November 17, 2014.

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DALLAS AREA–FREE SMALL BUSINESS LEGAL CLINIC

Thursday- October 23, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Belo Mansion

The Dallas Bar Association Pro Bono Activities Committee and Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (Texas C-BAR) are teaming up once again to provide a FREE small business legal clinic in the Dallas metro area. Volunteer attorneys will be available for one-on-one consultation sessions to cover topics important to small businesses, such as entity formation, general liability, contracts, employment procedure, negotiation, patents and trademarks, and more. Volunteer attorneys will offer legal advice in the individual consultation sessions only. If a business owner is currently in litigation or needs extended legal services, the clinic will have resource referrals on hand – these consultations will not result in the volunteer attorneys providing extended legal services.

All participants will be required to fill out a thorough intake questionnaire. clinic intake questionnaire

Advance registration is required; to register email your name, business name, telephone number, address, and the intake questionnaire to aharrington@trla.org.

The clinic will be held at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201, from 3:30 pm -5:30 p.m. Find out more… ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

HOUSTON AREA–FREE NONPROFIT LEGAL CLINIC

Friday, October 17, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

TELLEPSEN DOWNTOWN YMCA, 2nd Floor 808 Pease, Houston, TX 77002

ExxonMobil/Haynes and Boone, United Way Day of Caring Pro Bono Clinic for Nonprofits

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Meet with attorneys who will provide a free legal audit of your organization to help assess whether it is operating in good overall legal health and brief you on legal issues that may require further assistance. Areas of law covered include corporate governance, intellectual property, employment, real estate, and tax. Mark your calendar and complete your application promptly as space is limited. Qualifying applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-registered basis.  Find out more…

To Register: Complete the Assessment Intake Form, and return by email to, Ronnie Hagert at rhagerty@unitedwayhouston.org.  Should you have any questions please call 713-685-2312. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

AUSTIN AREA– Small Business Workshop

Small Business Speed Coaching

Accion Texas Inc.— Saturday, August 23, 2014 (09:30 am-12:30 pm- CDT)

This comprehensive coaching session offers practical guidance about operating a small business. During five, intimate, 25-minute roundtable discussions, attendees will receive personalized, concise, and pragmatic advice from various specialists. The roundtable topics include:

  • Legal Forms of Business
  • Preparing for a Business Loan
  • Building Your Online Presence
  • Payroll Procedures
  • Insurance on Your Business

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network, connect with business development counselors from the Austin Area, and enjoy a mini food truck fair provided by Accion clients.

Registration:  Fee $7– Register Online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-speed-coaching-tickets-12565705363 If you would like to pay at the door, please call 210-587-9575 or e-mail: events@acciontexas.org to confirm your registration.

Location: Meeting Room of the IBC Bank Cesar Chavez Community Suite located on 2817 E Cesar Chavez St. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

AUSTIN AREA– FREE Small Business Workshop You’ve Got Yourself a Deal! 

Contract Issues for Small Business BiGAUSTIN—Monday, June 30, 2014 (11:30 am-1:30 pm- CDT)

You’ve Got Yourself a Deal! Need help deciphering legal jargon used in contracts? Join BiGAUSTIN to learn how to harness the powerful language of contract to benefit your small business. This workshop covers:

  • Learn the basic principles of contract law
  • Determine how to implement and enforce contractual terms and conditions
  • Understand contract dispute resolution process
  • Review common contracts

After this workshop you will have:

  • Contract review checklist
  • Industry specific contract guidelines

Registration:  FREE- Register Online at http://bigaustin.org/ai1ec_event/youve-got-deal-contract-issues-small-business/

Location:  BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center- 5407 North IH 35, Suite 200, Austin, TX. 78723 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

AUSTIN AREA– FREE Small Business Workshop

Business Entities in Texas:  What form of Business is right for you?

BiGAUSTIN—Monday, June 16, 2014 (11:30 am-1:30 pm- CDT)

What form of business is right for you? One of the most important decisions you can make as a business owner is deciding what form your business should take. There are several forms of business entities; each has advantages and disadvantages that should be considered as regards your specific situation. In this workshop you will learn:

  • What are the types of entities
  • How the entities are formed
  • How they are operated
  • What licenses and certificates must be obtained
  • What tax-related requirements
  • What are the advantages & disadvantages

Registration:  FREE- Register Online at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-entities-in-texas-what-form-of-business-is-right-for-you-tickets-11886499841 Location:  BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center- 5407 North IH 35, Suite 200, Austin, TX. 78723

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SAN ANTONIO AREA– FREE SMALL BUSINESS/ ENTREPRENEUR LEGAL CLINIC

Tuesday- June 03, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. GEEKDOM, Rand Building

Geekdom, Accion Texas, 80/20 Foundation, the RAM Law Firm, and Texas C-BAR/ Texas RioGrande Legal Aid are teaming up to provide a pro-bono legal clinic for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.  Business owners will be able to have a 30 minute consultation with an attorney to discuss any legal issues or concerns for their business, such as business formation, contracts, trademarks, patents, employment procedure, lawsuits, or immigration that pertain to your business operations. Start-ups interested in forming and filing a limited liability company (LLC) may apply to do so during the clinic.  Funding from the 80/20 Foundation and Accion Texas will be available to cover a limited number of state filing fees.

To register please go to: http://www.ramattorneys.com/clinic/ The clinic will be held at GEEKDOM, Rand Building,110 E. Houston Street, 7th Floor, San Antonio, Texas 78205, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Find out more… ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars for Nonprofits Executives– The Role of the Board and Senior Management in Financial Oversight

 Friday, May 16, 2014

Money is the life of every nonprofit organization, but sometimes an organization fails to dedicate the same amount of time and resources to properly managing funds.  As the past five years have shown, many nonprofits are one bad financial event away from slashing their staff and programs or completely closing their doors.  The goal of this seminar is to help educate Board members and nonprofit leaders about some of the key elements of financial manangement, including IRS and state law requirements; the responsibilities of the finance director and the role of the independent auditor; how the Board and its finance and audit committees best exercise financial oversight over the organization; and how an organization can ensure its long term financial viability.

 

Note: This program is part of the Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Series. It will be held by interactive videoconference in the Austin, Dallas, and Houston offices of DLA Piper law firm.  Admission is free but registration is required.

 

Please review the seminar brochure.

To register, go to: http://goo.gl/iMkHl

Hurry—registration closes May 12, 2014.

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Employment Webinar: Interns & Immigration Laws—A Webinar to Help You Understand the Requirements when Employing Dreamers and Non U.S. Interns.- Thursday,  May 1, 2014  at 11 a.m. (Central Time)

 Interns are a great resource for organizations with limited staff and budgets, and they are currently knocking on doors with Summer and Fall approaching. Everyone is familiar with the immigration law requirements when employing staff- an employer must verify the employee’s legal status and ensure that the employee completed a Form I-9 in a timely manner.  But what are the rules when your organization is bringing an intern on staff?  Are there any restrictions when employing non-U.S. residents as interns? What about individuals who remain in the U.S. under the Deffered Action For Childhood Arrivals Initiative?  Does it matter whether the intern is unpaid or receiving some form of compensation?

 

This webinar will answer all of these questions and more

Please review the webinar brochure.

To register go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/350713320

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DALLAS AREA FREE SMALL BUSINESS LEGAL CLINIC

Thursday- May 01, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Belo Mansion

The Dallas Bar Association Pro Bono Activities Committee and Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (Texas C-BAR) are teaming up once again to provide a FREE small business legal clinic in the Dallas metro area. Volunteer attorneys will be available for one-on-one consultation sessions to cover topics important to small businesses, such as entity formation, general liability, contracts, employment procedure, negotiation, patents and trademarks, and more. Volunteer attorneys will offer legal advice in the individual consultation sessions only. If a business owner is currently in litigation or needs extended legal services, the clinic will have resource referrals on hand – these consultations will not result in the volunteer attorneys providing extended legal services.  All participants will be required to fill out a thorough intake questionnaire. clinic intake questionnaire

Advance registration is required; to register email your name, business name, telephone number, address, and the intake questionnaire to aharrington@trla.org. The clinic will be held at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201, from 3:30 pm -5:30 p.m. Find out more…

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Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminar for Nonprofits Executives:  Understanding the Hiring Process

—The Legal Issues Your Nonprofit Needs to Know When Selecting Employees. March 14th, 2014 at 10:30 am (CST)

New employees inject energy and excitement into an organization, and they can help your organization expand its work. However, for many nonprofits the hiring process is also filled with uncertainty and anxiety. How do you know this is the right person? Are certain interview topics off limits as a matter of law? How do you structure the employment relationship and explain it to the employee so that it complies with the law and is also consistent with the organization’s needs? How do you reduce the likelihood of lawsuits by keeping it all within the law?

Understanding the Hiring Process is designed to help. A panel of legal experts will review the hiring process from start to finish so you will have a clearer understanding of the legal issues your organization should consider when hiring staff. This seminar will cover legal questions that arise when nonprofits are initiating a search, such as the legal issues raised when recruiting from outside the organization versus promoting from within, and the differences between hiring an employee and engaging a volunteer. The session will also discuss the screening process, including interview techniques, testing and background checks and reasonable accommodations for an employee. Next, the seminar will offer information to help your organization structure a successful relationship with new hires. Topics include whether type of employee, wage and hour laws, use of probationary periods for new hires, and what documents are required or advisable when hiring an employee and much more.   This seminar is designed for executive directors, human resources professionals, board members, and other nonprofit staff and volunteers responsible for recruiting and hiring staff.

Please review the workshop brochure PfizerSeminars1 March 2014-TX

To register, go to: http://goo.gl/iMkHl

Hurry—registration closes March 07, 2014.

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Hiring Your First Employee

BiGAUSTIN– December 2, 2013 (11:30 am-1:30 pm- CST)

Congratulations on growing your business to the point that you plan on hiring one or more employees. While you are probably eager to bring your new workers on board as soon as possible, there are many issues you should think about before you start interviewing applicants and making job offers. This workshop is designed to explain the basic things you should think about BEFORE you hire your first employee, including taxes, discrimination laws, and pay. While it doesn’t contain every piece of information on every topic, this workshop will give you an overview of important issues so that you are aware of what pitfalls to avoid and how to address problems that may arise.

Tuition:  FREE- Register Online at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9210425631

Location: BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center- Austin, TX. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Business Entities in Texas:  What form of Business is right for you?

BiGAUSTIN– November 22, 2013 (11:30 am-1:30 pm- CST)

 What form of business is right for you? One of the most important decisions you can make as a business owner is deciding what form your business should take. There are several forms of business entities; each has advantages and disadvantages that should be considered as regards your specific situation. In this workshop you will learn:

  • What are the types of entities
  • How the entities are formed
  • How they are operated
  • What licenses and certificates must be obtained
  • What tax-related requirements
  • What are the advantages & disadvantages

Tuition:  FREE- Register Online at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9209512901 Location:  BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center- Austin, TX.

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Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminar– Taking the Mystery Out of Risk Management and Insurance for Nonprofits

 October 29, 2013

Every year you write a check for your insurance. Have you ever wondered: what am I buying? Will it protect my organization when we need it? Is there anything more I should be doing? This seminar will review the legal and practical issues involved with risk management. It will also discuss what steps you should take to prevent losses and what you can do to avoid being sued. It will also review what risks insurance will cover, and the various types of insurance, including director’s & officers insurance, workers compensation, general liability insurance, property coverage and professional liability insurance. This workshop is designed for executive directors, CFO’s, administrative officers, as well as in-house counsel for nonprofit organizations.

Please review the brochure for the workshop agenda To register, go to: http://goo.gl/iMkHl Hurry—registration closes October 21, 2013.


DALLAS AREA FREE SMALL BUSINESS LEGAL CLINIC

OCTOBER 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Belo Mansion

To celebrate the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s Pro Bono Week, the Dallas Bar Association Pro Bono Activities Committee and Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (Texas C-BAR) are teaming up to provide a FREE small business legal clinic in the Dallas metro area. Volunteer attorneys will be available for one-on-one consultation sessions to cover topics important to small businesses, such as entity formation, general liability, contracts, employment procedure, negotiation, patents and trademarks, and more. Volunteer attorneys will offer legal advice in the individual consultation sessions only. If a business owner is currently in litigation or needs extended legal services, the clinic will have resource referrals on hand – these consultations will not result in the volunteer attorneys providing extended legal services.

Advance registration is required; to register email your name, business name, telephone number, address, and the general topic of your legal question to aharrington@trla.org. The clinic will be held at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201, from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Find out more…


Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminar– THE Abcs OF THE LAW: What Are the Legal Issues Your Nonprofit Needs to Know?

Do contracts sometimes confuse you? Do you have difficulties managing your workforce and concerns about your obligations as an employer? Do you wonder about best practices for governing your organization? You are not alone. Nonprofits are faced with myriad responsibilities, obligations, and liabilities arising from federal, state, and local sources. This seminar will focus on three main topics: running your organization by the books, learning what is included in a contract and why, and the basics of employment law.

Please review the brochure for the workshop agenda. To register, go to: http://goo.gl/iMkHl Hurry—registration closes May 31, 2013.


2013 NONPROFIT LAW INSTITUTE Presented by Houston Young Lawyers Association Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:30 a.m. Registration 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Program Registration Fee: $60 (Lunch provided) CLE credits will be offered. Click here to register online. It is essential that non-profit staff and board members have access to legal information on issues that may affect their organizations. Legal counsel who advise non-profits need to stay up-to-date on recent developments and issues facing their clients. The United Way Nonprofit Connection is pleased to partner with Houston Young Lawyers/HYLA to present the biennial Nonprofit Law Institute. Featuring top attorneys addressing critical legal issues, the Nonprofit Law Institute will provide tremendous value for participants. The 2013 program will feature these important topics:

Board and Governance Considerations for Nonprofits Presenter: Tim Taylor Corporate Partner, Baker Botts LLP

  • Human Resources Considerations Presenter: Becky L. Baker Labor and Employment Associate, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • Email/Internet/Privacy Issues in the Workplace Presenter: Lisa Kelly Intellectual Property Partner, Baker Botts LLP
  • Legal Assessment of Your Nonprofit Presenter: Iman Houston Farrior Founder, Lasso Enterprises LLC
  • Fundraising and Tax Considerations for Nonprofits Presenter: Chuck Campbell Tax Special Counsel, Baker Botts LLP

Don’t miss this chance to build your legal knowledge and minimize the risks that can result from ignorance of proper practice. Bring your questions and be prepared to get full benefit from the 2013 Nonprofit Law Institute.

The 2013 Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Series: Austin, Houston, Dallas

Special Events: What Are the Legal Issues Your Nonprofit Needs to Know? April 3, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM Gala dinners, walk-a-thons, local and national service days, concerts, conferences and other special events can raise funds and increase awareness and excitement for your organization’s work. They are also helpful strategy to recognize existing donors and reach additional supporters. Hosting a successful special event – one that meets your participation and financial goals – requires significant time, energy and planning, as well as a careful consideration of relevant legal issues. This Strategic Legal Thinking seminar will review the legal issues that your organization may face in connection with its next special events. Your organization will need to know the state requirements that apply to organizations that solicit donations in connection with the event or hold gaming activities such as raffles and casino nights. It should understand the IRS rules for when participants may claim a tax deduction for cash or in-kind gifts made in connection with the event, and when and how you can recognize event sponsors without running afoul of IRS rules. It will discuss the compensation, contract and other legal questions your organization may encounter when dealing with employees, contractors or special event volunteers. The seminar will cover these topics and present information about how to help ensure that nothing happens that could cause liability for your organization. We also will hear from an experienced nonprofit executive about some of the practical issues that arise in connection with planning and hosting special events. Note: This program is part of the Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Series. It will be held by interactive videoconference in the Austin, Dallas, and Houston offices of DLA Piper law firm. Admission is free but registration is required by email no later than March 28th. Click here for the full brochure.

Other Workshops Offered by Texas C-BAR

Keep your eye on this page to learn when these workshops will be offered next. How to Clear Title to Land: A Primer for Nonprofit Community Development Corporations This workshop will provide an overview of pre-foreclosure and post-foreclosure processes available to help nonprofits clear title to land for development as affordable housing. This presentation will include information on a Texas statute which provides a special remedy for nonprofits to clear title when all the heirs to property cannot be found. This workshop is a must attend for any nonprofit trying to develop land for affordable housing. Nonprofit Lobbying Nonprofit directors, staff, and board members are encouraged to attend this workshop to understand how to impact public policy without losing tax-exempt status.