Hemenway & Barnes partner Patrick Moore and counsel Jennifer Grace Miller will present “Legal and Ethical Considerations in Effective Public Policy Advocacy” at the MNN Annual Conference, A Bridge to Better on October 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM.
With the nonprofit sector’s appetite to participate in lobbying, advocacy, and education expanding, organizations need to be aware of the opportunities available and potential pitfalls. This presentation will discuss the issues faced by nonprofit organizations seeking to be involved in political issues, campaigns for office, ballot initiatives, and advocacy for particular public policies. The discussion will quickly cover the legal rules governing the operation of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations in this area, and then focus extensively on two topics related to issue advocacy and campaign involvement: (1) governance issues facing overlapping 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, including board composition, funding and fundraising concerns, and organization expenditures, and (2) the impact of federal and Massachusetts’ campaign finance and lobbying laws on the operation of all nonprofit organizations. In addition to leading the discussion, the panelists will also analyze several “hypotheticals” designed to illustrate and provide solutions for the issues discussed.
Pat Moore has considerable experience in government, as an attorney in the White House and counsel to two Massachusetts Governors; and on campaigns, most recently as Deputy General Counsel to the Biden for President Campaign. Pat counsels public officials, candidates for office, and non-profit entities on ethics, election law, campaign finance and ballot initiatives.
Jennifer Miller formerly served as counsel to the Massachusetts Senate. She brings a myriad of specialized legal knowledge to H&B’s government law practice. In her previous role as chief legal counsel for the Senate, Jennifer provided legal advice to Senators and staff on a broad range of complex legal matters that include or relate to constitutional law, legislation, ethics, conflict of interest, litigation, among others. Jennifer has also served as Government Bureau Chief of the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Assistant Solicitor General to the New York Attorney General’s Office.
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