Attorney Network

The CAPLAW Attorney Network connects attorneys from across the county in dealing with Community Action Agency legal issues, enabling legal professionals working with CAAs to share information, provide informal peer-to-peer assistance, and benefit from other legal experts’ input.

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If you are an attorney and interested in learning more about participating in the CAPLAW Attorney Network, please fill out the Attorney Network inquiry form.

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Network Webinars & Conference Calls

new Legal Issues Unique to CAAs – Two Part Webinar Series

Presenters: CAPLAW Attorneys
Format: Webinar
Part One: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:00-2:00pm ET
Part Two: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Working with Community Action Agencies (CAAs) on legal matters can sometimes be challenging for outside counsel. The myriad of federal grants that CAAs receive requires compliance with layers of requirements that can make seemingly simple issues more involved and complex. In this two-part webinar series, we pose questions and provide answers to help orient attorneys working with CAAs on some of the key legal requirements that impact the way CAAs operate. Rather than delve deeply into any one issue, we will help CAA attorneys spot a variety of CAA legal issues and identify CAPLAW resources that attorneys may refer to when working with CAAs on specific matters. The webinars will cover topics such as federal grants vs. contracts, board composition, bylaws provisions, basics of rules governing use of federal funds, cost disallowances, required and recommended contract provisions, mergers and shared services, and more.

on demand

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Part Two: View Recording | View PowerPoint

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Tips for Attorneys Reviewing CAA Bylaws

Presenter: Eleanor Evans, Esq. and Christopher Logue, Esq.
Format: Webinar
September 22, 2016

In this webinar, we examine the main issues for an attorney to consider when asked by a CAA to review and update its bylaws. We discuss laws specifically applicable to a CAA’s bylaws, such as the CSBG and Head Start board composition requirements, and what provisions the bylaws should contain to ensure compliance with those laws. We also touch on how a CAA’s bylaws address removal, board size, term limits, and conflicts of interest.

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Working With Personnel Policies and Procedures for CAAs

Presenter: Anita Lichtblau, Esq.
Format: Webinar
June 8, 2016

This webinar is intended to help attorneys better understand the legal issues unique to CAAs with respect to their personnel policies and practices. We will discuss the human resources directives in the CSBG Organizational Standards and the new overtime rule recently released by the Department of Labor, as well as other specific issues such as lobbying/political activity policies and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. This webinar will also suggest practice tips for attorneys on drafting and reviewing personnel policies.

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Nuts and Bolts of Subgrant Agreements

Presenters: Eleanor Evans, Esq. and Veronica Zhang, Esq.
Format: Webinar
September 29, 2015

This webinar is intended to help attorneys better understand the rules that apply to CAAs proposing to subgrant federal funds. We discuss the framework that applies when determining whether a subrecipient or a contractor (vendor) relationship is created. We then talk about the applicable rules that affect the drafting of a subgrant agreement and walk through a sample agreement to highlight key contractual provisions.

To access the Sample Subaward Agreement please click_here

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Closing the Doors: Strategies for CAAs Unable to Survive

Presenters: Anita Lichtblau, Esq. and John Morrier, Esq., Casner and Edwards
Format: Webinar
May 27, 2015

The webinar focused on educating attorneys working with community action agencies (CAAs) on the unique obligations that CAAs have as federal grantees when they are potentially facing difficult, major organizational decisions such as bankruptcy and dissolution. The webinar discussed the different options that may be available to attorneys working with CAAs in connection with such scenarios as well as responsibilities of and potential liabilities faced by board members leading these organizations.

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Federal Grant Rules Relating to Attorneys' Fees, Litigation Costs, and Settlements

Presenter: Anita Lichtblau, Esq., Casner and Edwards
Format: Webinar
May 6, 2014

Because Community Action Agencies (CAAs) face numerous and varied legal issues every day, developing productive relationships with attorneys is essential to the success of any CAA. An attorney is better equipped to facilitate this relationship and provide a CAA with legal services and solutions if he/she understands the federal grant rules that relate to fees, costs and payments associated with the different ways a legal matter may be resolved. This webinar will educate attorneys who work with CAAs on the current federal grant rules (OMB Circular A-110 and OMB Circular A-122) and the new ones effective at the end of this year (Super Circular, 2 C.F.R. Part 200) that dictate how and when federal funds may be used to pay for an attorney’s legal fees, the expenses associated with litigating different types of matters and the variety of costs linked to the resolution of a matter, such as settlement payments. We will discuss what procedures a CAA must have in place to ensure that it spends federal funds for an attorney’s services properly.

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Tips for Attorneys Reviewing CAA Bylaws

Presenter: Allison Ma'luf, CAPLAW
Format: Webinar
September 26, 2013

Clear, authoritative, and up-to-date bylaws are a cornerstone of good governance. The newly proposed Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Organizational Standards emphasize the importance of bylaws and the integral role that an attorney plays in ensuring that a CAA’s bylaws are top-notch. The Standards recommend that an attorney review a CAA’s bylaws at least once every five years. In thiswebinar, we will examine the main issues for an attorney to consider when asked by a CAA to review and update its bylaws. We will discuss the laws specifically applicable to a CAA’s bylaws and what provisions the bylaws must contain to ensure compliance with some of these laws such as the CSBG and Head Start board composition requirements. We will also touch on issues relating to how a CAA’s bylaws address removal, board size, term limits and conflicts of interest.

on demand

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