Casner & Edwards Nonprofit Group attorneys, Scott Harshbarger, Anita Lichtblau and Sharon Lincoln presented at the 44th Annual Providers’ Council’s Convention: Everyone Counts, October 7, in Boston, MA. Their workshop, “Staying on Top of the Latest Nonprofit Financial & Legal Hot Topics,” provided updates in key areas, including:
- implementation of the new paid family leave law;
- preparing for the new FASB leasing standard;
- updates on nonprofit accounting and auditing issues;
- the essential eight best practices for nonprofit boards; and
- addressing state agency monitoring findings.
Harshbarger specializes in providing strategic counsel for corporate investigations and defense, business ethics, compliance and risk management, corporate and governance, and government regulation. He has had a long and successful public service career as a public defender, civil rights attorney, Middlesex District Attorney and Massachusetts Attorney General. Since returning to private practice, Harshbarger continues to be involved in public policy reform, serving as the head of Governor Romney’s Commission on Corrections Reform (2003-2005), chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Pension Reform, vice-chair of the Ethics Resource Center, chair of the SJC Task force on Hiring and Promotion in Probation, and in the Judicial Branch (2010-2011), a member of the SJC Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB), and chair of the Advisory Board for the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School.
Lichtblau advises nonprofit organizations on a wide variety of legal issues, including formation of organizations and application for tax-exempt status, maintenance of tax-exempt status, governance, lobbying and political activity, creation of corporate policies, employment matters, and government and private grants and contracts. Lichtblau is co-chair of the Education Committee of the Tax-Exempt Organization Section of the BBA and a member of the Section’s Chapter 180 Working Group. She is also a member of the BBA Tax-Exempt Organization Steering Committee.
Lincoln advises nonprofit entities on the wide range of issues related to their tax-exempt status, including formation, funding, governance, regulatory compliance, restructuring, international grant making, lobbying, unrelated business income, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she assists clients in matters directly involving the Internal Revenue Service, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, including audits, appeals and ruling requests. Lincoln is co-chair of the Policy Committee of the Tax-Exempt Organization Section of the BBA and a member of the Section’s Chapter 180 Working Group and Steering Committee.
The Providers' Council's Annual Convention & Expo is the largest gathering of human service professionals in the Northeast and offers attendees a day of education and celebration. Nearly 1,200 human services professionals attend the convention each year to learn from informative workshops that will empower attendees with new information and skills, celebrate accomplishments, and network with peers.
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