Religious Institutions and the Law

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, November 29, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 3.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee:

$190 - regular registration
$50 - non-attorney administrator registration (webcast or telephone ONLY)

Information

Why Attend?

Become better equipped as a lawyer or administrator to meet increasing challenges to the free exercise of religion and the operation of churches and other religious institutions. Topics covered include:

  • Entity Structure
  • Relationships Creating Duties or Liability
  • Contractual Relationships
  • Relations with Other Church-Related Entities/Organizations
  • Religious Liberty

This interactive seminar will inform churches and other faith-based institutions, through their legal counsel and administrators, of specific challenges and opportunities in protecting and representing these institutions in light of their rapidly changing legal environment.

 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (November 16)

9:30 Entity Structure
  • Corporations v. Unincorporated Associations
  • Tax considerations
  • Partial incorporation
  • Church schisms: What’s the law and what to do?
10:45 Relationships Creating Duties or Liability
  • People
    • Church employees
    • Clergy
    • Non-clergy
    • Exempt/non-exempt employees
    • Full-time/part-time/temporary employees
    • Interns
    • Volunteers
  • Policies
    • Handbooks
    • Consistent policies
    • Sexual misconduct
  • Money
  • Safety
  • Laws
    • What laws apply?
11:00 Break
11:15 Contractual Relationships
  • Types of contracts
  • Employment agreements and offer letters
  • Vendor and insurance contracts
11:45 Relations with Other Church-Related Entities/Organizations
  • Day care
  • Preschools
  • Schools
12:15 Religious Liberty
  • To what extent can the state, by law or regulation, affect the church’s (or other institution’s) free exercise of religion?
12:45 Questions and Conclusions
1:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (November 29)

9:30 Entity Structure
  • Corporations v. Unincorporated Associations
  • Tax considerations
  • Partial incorporation
  • Church schisms: What’s the law and what to do?
10:45 Relationships Creating Duties or Liability
  • People
    • Church employees
    • Clergy
    • Non-clergy
    • Exempt/non-exempt employees
    • Full-time/part-time/temporary employees
    • Interns
    • Volunteers
  • Policies
    • Handbooks
    • Consistent policies
    • Sexual misconduct
  • Money
  • Safety
  • Laws
    • What laws apply?
11:00 Break
11:15 Contractual Relationships
  • Types of contracts
  • Employment agreements and offer letters
  • Vendor and insurance contracts
11:45 Relations with Other Church-Related Entities/Organizations
  • Day care
  • Preschools
  • Schools
12:15 Religious Liberty
  • To what extent can the state, by law or regulation, affect the church’s (or other institution’s) free exercise of religion?
12:45 Questions and Conclusions
1:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS


Daniel A. Carrell,
Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC /Richmond

Daniel A. Carrell is a founding principal of the firm of Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC.  Based in its Richmond office, his practice focuses on civil litigation and commercial transactions.  A former Moderator of and a longtime Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, he has counseled churches, para-church organizations, and other religious institutions throughout over 40 years of law practice.

Jack W. (JB) Burtch, Jr., Burtch Law PLLC / Richmond

Jack W. (“JB”) Burtch, Jr., practices law with Burtch Law PLLC in Richmond. Throughout his career, JB’s law practice has focused on labor and employment law, representing companies, educational institutions, nonprofits, churches and religious institutions, executives and professionals (including clergy).  He has had leadership roles in the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and currently serves as the Senior Warden of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. 

Douglas R. Burtch, Burtch Law PLLC / Richmond

Douglas R. Burtch is owner and principal of Burtch Law PLLC in Richmond.  His practice focuses on employment law matters, while also encompassing school law, aspects of administrative and healthcare law, and business disputes. Mr. Burtch was born and raised in the Episcopal Church, has worked for church camps, serves on church boards, and regularly counsels churches, religious schools, and other religious organizations in his law practice.

Matthew D. Fender, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond

Matthew D. Fender is an Associate at McGuireWoods LLP.  His practice consists primarily of commercial litigation matters, with focus on insurance recovery and environmental issues.  He is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, and he frequently litigates religious liberty issues for churches and Christian schools.

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