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Leaders of Stradley Ronon’s Nonprofit & Religious Organizations Group Present at Convocation 2022 in New Orleans

May 13, 2022
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon is pleased to announce that Mark E. Chopko and Jennifer A. Gniady presented at the 2022 Convocation: The Spirit of Collaboration with Archdiocese of Los Angeles General Counsel Margaret Graf on May 12. The workshop, “A Legal Perspective on Building a Culture That Is Sensitive, Aware and Anticipates,” provided updates on recent litigation settlements with lessons learned, discussed cases concerning the ministerial exception and employment and reviewed best practices for public accommodations.

Chopko chairs the firm’s nonprofit & religious organizations practice group, representing clients focusing on constitutional law and deflecting attempts by the government to regulate the activities of religious institutions. He is a member of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association, Religious Liberty Committee of the National Council of the Churches and Church Law Society. He also teaches Church-State Law at Georgetown University. Before joining Stradley Ronon, Chopko served for more than 20 years as general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Gniady helps nonprofit organizations of all sizes navigate complex legal issues while remaining true to their charitable missions. Her practice combines experience with both tax exemption issues and corporate matters. She works with clients to respond to existing threats and legal issues while counseling practices to strengthen the organization in the long term. Her clients include charities, religious organizations, associations, schools and arts organizations. Her practice includes forming nonprofit organizations, advising on corporate governance and bylaws, analyzing lobbying and fundraising practices, responding to inquiries from IRS, state, and local charitable regulators and managing litigation.

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