Workshops for Nonprofits

Community Law Center is pleased to offer a number of educational workshops for community association and nonprofit organization leaders.

How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm Register Here
Tuesday, July 11 | 6:30-8:30 pm Register Here

Please note: Rates will increase on July 1, 2017 for all Community Law Center workshops, publications and services

Understand the legal and practical considerations of running a nonprofit. This is a live workshop with limited registration to allow time for questions and individual attention. The $65 price of the workshop includes refreshments and a copy of the How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland manual.

Who should attend?
• Community leaders who are currently members of – or plan to start – a small nonprofit

What will be covered?
• Starting a nonprofit organization
• Maintaining your organization’s legal status
• Writing and revising articles of incorporation and bylaws; applying for tax exemption

Note: Attorneys interested in representing nonprofits in obtaining 501(c)(3) status should consider joining Community Law Center’s Pro Bono Program by registering as a volunteer attorney.  For more information about our Pro Bono Program, please click here.

View a copy of our Registration Policy here.

Bar Bad Bars

Next Date TBA 

Bar Bad BarsYou’re invited to a workshop for community leaders and neighbors who are concerned about nuisance liquor stores and bars in their neighborhoods. Topics of discussion include relevant liquor laws and regulations, how to negotiate with a liquor licensee, and what to expect at a Baltimore City Liquor Board hearing. Specifically, the workshop will focus on how a community can protest the annual spring renewal of a problematic liquor license.

View a copy of our Registration Policy here.

Addressing Vacant Properties Causing a Nuisance in Your Neighborhood

Next Date TBA

Understand the legal tools available to communities to address nuisance, including vacant properties, as well as some of the policy reform and coalition efforts underway related to vacant, nuisance properties in Baltimore City. Additionally, hear from a community leader involved in litigation about how to use the law as a tool to address abandoned properties in your neighborhood.

Who should attend?
Community leaders involved in neighborhood associations in Baltimore City

What will be covered?
• Researching the ownership of vacant, nuisance properties and gathering evidence.
• Using self-help nuisance abatement to take action on vacant properties.
• Bringing a lawsuit utilizing the Community Bill of Rights statute.
• Tax sale foreclosure reform and how it intersects with abandonment.

View a copy of our Registration Policy here.

Building a Foundation for Stronger Communities

A Five-Part Workshop Series Focused on
Capacity Building for Community Associations –
Fall Dates TBA

Does your community association (an organization of voluntary members who work together to address issues for a particular neighborhood) have a strong foundation upon which to build its work? Does it follow its bylaws? Do association leaders know how to keep proper records of meetings? Is the association current on all required filings? Are elections held in a proper manner, as defined by the bylaws? Community association leaders should attend this five-part workshop series to help ensure that their associations are strong and ready to take on legal issues as they arise! This series is designed for leaders of all types of community associations – new and old, large and small, experienced and inexperienced. Fall dates will be announced soon.

 Advance registration and payment is required for all workshops at Community Law Center; no walk-ins will be accepted. Please ensure arrival by 6:30 pm for evening workshops; no access to the building will be available after 6:45 pm. If a workshop is to be postponed due to inclement weather, you will be notified by 3 pm on the scheduled day of the workshop.

Community Law Center, Inc. reserves the right to deny admission to any workshop to any person for any reason. To keep our workshops small, registration is cut off. Please only register if you plan to attend. No refunds will be given for failure to attend any workshop. If you are unable to attend, please send another representative of your organization in your place.