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Stradley Ronon Partner Co-authors New Edition of “Exposed: A Legal Field Guide for Nonprofit Executives”

June 17, 2015
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Exposed ChopkoWASHINGTON – Stradley Ronon Partner Mark Chopko co-authored the recently released second edition of “Exposed: A Legal Field Guide For Nonprofit Executives.” The book, published by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, explores common legal issues that confront executives and boards of nonprofit entities, and discusses important concepts and practical strategies for managing risk in the nonprofit industry. Topics include a wide array of issues a nonprofit could face, ranging from intellectual property and employment law to privacy, protecting vulnerable beneficiaries and technology risks.

“Like death and taxes, exposure to liability is a certainty, rather than an option for nonprofit organizations. Too many nonprofit leaders simply keep their fingers crossed and hope for good luck,” said Chopko and co-author Melanie Lockwood Herman, executive director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. “We hope this ‘field guide’ will help leaders get beyond the intimidating aura of legal liability and begin fortifying their nonprofit to withstand even a well-armed legal attack on their mission and assets.”

The book contains several real-world examples of nonprofits running into legal trouble, such as a small nonprofit whose director committed forgery and identity theft and a high school who settled a negligent supervision lawsuit for $18 million following an incident in which one student was rendered a quadriplegic. The field guide also includes helpful checklists, sample policies and form, glossaries of important legal terms and additional resources.

Chopko chairs Stradley Ronon’s nonprofit and religious organizations practice group and advises clients, including colleges and universities, in matters involving structural, business, governance, regulatory and complex litigation. A former general counsel for the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops, he has participated in more than 30 Supreme Court cases as counsel for religious groups in friend-of-the-Court briefs.

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