2024 LINC | Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community - Session 2

Event Description


An HCBA Signature Program. Join us for the 2024 LINC 4-Part Series!

As a cohort program, registration and participation is for all four sessions.  

Lawyers are often called upon to serve on nonprofit boards, and while they bring strong skills in many areas and the desire to make a difference, they often lack the background and formal training needed to contribute effectively as nonprofit volunteer leaders.

The Hennepin County Bar Association has developed the LINC (Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community) program to provide lawyers with training in nonprofit governance and an introduction to legal issues commonly faced by nonprofits. The skills you acquire from LINC training will be applicable to positions of leadership on nonprofit boards and committees, including associations, faith communities, and community-based nonprofits.  The training will not only provide information that every person serving on a nonprofit board should know to uphold their fiduciary duties, but also an opportunity to focus on issues that uniquely impact lawyers serving on nonprofit boards.

The program was originally created by the HCBA in 2005. It is offered every other year and over the last 18 years LINC has been honed into an engaging, thorough four-session program. If you have any thoughts or suggestions during or after we have completed the program, feel free to reach out to the Co-Chairs and/or program manager.

This experience is meant for any attorneys that are curious to explore the potential of serving on a nonprofit board or for attorneys that already serve and would like to expand their understanding of the nuances that can be involved when serving as an attorney. Participants who attend all four sessions will earn a total of 10 (9 Standard, 1 Ethics) MBCLE credits.

LINC Program Co-Chairs:

Emmett Robertson, Rubric Legal LLC
Mackenzie McNaughton, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Times, Participation & Location:
Sessions 1 - 4: Thursdays; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Remote Zoom and In-Person at HCBA

Dates Schedule & Session Topics:

Session 1: Thursday, February 15

  • Nonprofit Corporate Governance/Role of a Board Member
  • Ethics of Serving on a Nonprofit Board

Session 2: Thursday, February 29

  • Restricted Gifts and Endowments
  • Overview of the Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

Session 3: Thursday, March 14

  • Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Nonprofit Financial Literacy and Competency

Session 4: Thursday, March 28

  • Employment Law for Nonprofits
  • Fundrasing
  • Ask the Lawyer


Speakers for Session 1: Greg Larson, Lathrop GPM; Wade Hauser, Lathrop GPM; Mackenzie McNaughton, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Speakers for Session 2: Angela Fogt, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Emmett Robertson, Rubric Legal LLC

Speakers for Session 3: Marie Ellis, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; Maria Schwingler, Eide Bailly LLP; Hannah Horn, Eide Bailly LLP

Speakers for Session 4: Rebecca Bernhard, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Heidi Christianson, Nilan Johson Lewis PA; Mackenzie McNaughton, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; Emmett Robertson, Rubric Legal LLC; Greg Larson, Lathrop GPMSpeakers for Session 4: Rebecca Bernhard, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Heidi Christianson, Nilan Johson Lewis PA; Mackenzie McNaughton, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; Emmett Robertson, Rubric Legal LLC; Greg Larson, Lathrop GPM 

CLE Credits: TBD

9.00 Standard CLE Credits applied for (approximate)
1.00 Ethics CLE Credits applied for (approximate)


HCBA Members: $299.00 
Non-Members: $449.00

Registration Deadline:  February 12, 2024


Remote Participation: Please indicate remote or in-person attendance - calendar invitation will be sent for each individual session with details. 

Program Manager:  Geen Mui | 612-278-6346 | gmui@mnbars.org

Payments/Cancellations: Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Hennepin County Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall #390
Minneapolis, MN 55402