October 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

How Your Nonprofit Can Operate a Legally Sound Certification or Accreditation Program

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How Your Nonprofit Can Operate a Legally Sound Certification or Accreditation Program

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Voluntary certification and accreditation programs are critical for improving and protecting the conditions of the industries, professions, and communities that are served by the nonprofit operators of these programs. Learn how nonprofits establish, maintain, and reinvent strong, legally sound programs. Hear from Venable attorneys and two nonprofit leaders in this area. Learn about the Project Management Institute’s international experience with more than 750,000 certified professionals in virtually every corner of the globe. Find out how the American Alliance of Museums has operated a voluntary, peer review-based accreditation program for museums for over 45 years and recently reinvented it to better serve participants. During the program, we will discuss how to:

  • Form a legally sound framework for standards development, including the use of third-party procedures
  • Create an appropriately open process for participation in setting standards
  • Select a sound legal governance structure to provide due process and independence in testing and evaluation
  • Ensure legally required testing accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Protect your nonprofit from third-party claims, including antitrust claims that the program unlawfully restrains competition
  • Secure the protection of your nonprofit's copyright interests in the standards, including use in educational programming and other contexts, both in the United States and overseas
  • Protect the program's trademarks and certification marks, both in the United States and overseas, and adopt licensing procedures and controls for use of the marks by certificants and accredidants, as well as by other licensees
  • Identify sensitive information that should remain confidential in order to prevent your nonprofit from defamation liability, privacy breaches, and other potential liabilities
  • Manage legal risk with appropriate insurance coverage

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET - Networking Luncheon
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET - Program/Webinar

George E. Constantine, Esq., Partner, Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Venable LLP

Julie Hart, Senior Director, Museum Standards and Excellence, American Alliance of Museums
William Scarborough, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel, Project Management Institute