Celebrating 125 Years

Lectures & Events

 
March 2017
Tuesday
28
March
2017
Nico Osteria
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Nico Osteria
1015 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Wednesday
29
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Kenneth L. Marcus, founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
Wednesday
29
March
2017
White and Williams LLP
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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White and Williams LLP
7 Times Square, Suite 2900
New York, New York 10036-6524
30
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31
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
This is a two-day event
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Approved for 6 hours of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
April 2017
Friday
7
April
2017
CWRU Law School
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
Thursday
13
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia Law School
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
19
April
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Kathryn S. Mercer, Professor of Lawyering Skills, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
20
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Affiliate Professor of Law, Indiana University Bloomington
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
Monday
24
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Speaker: Dynda A. Thomas, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Friday
28
April
2017
Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare
1260 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
May 2017
Wednesday
17
May
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Timothy Webster, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Sunday
21
May
2017
CWRU Law School
All-day event
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Webcast live
February 2018
16
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17
February
2018
CWRU Law School
This is a two-day event
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Is Economic Development Really Charity?: Evaluating "Trickle Down Charity"
Sponsor
CWRU Law Downtown Lecture Series
SEP 17, 2014
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location
City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue #200
Cleveland, OH 44114
As our nation's philanthropic sector becomes more entrepreneurial, ambitious and influenced by the private sector, longstanding legal standards on what constitutes "charity" struggle to stay relevant. More and more often, organizations that seek classification by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(3) charity (and the substantial public subsidy that this status unlocks) are not the soup kitchens and homeless shelters of yesteryear, but highly sophisticated ventures that accomplish their missions in ways that are less obviously charitable.

In no case is this more true than in the recent widespread emergence of nonprofit organizations whose primary activity is providing direct aid to for-profit businesses. These organizations invest in privately-owned, profit-seeking ventures hoping that some day this aid will help those in need in the form of jobs and a flourishing economy. While influential and, in some cases, transformative to cities and regions in economic distress, this form of charity (which I term “trickle down charity”) turns the traditional charitable services delivery model on its head by advancing private interests first and betting that benefit to a charitable class will follow. My lecture will discuss the analytic challenges that trickle down charity poses to the IRS when it determines whether an organization like this merits 501(c)(3) status and my proposal for how the IRS can enliven its private benefit doctrine to more effectively regulate trickle down charity and help protect the overall integrity of our philanthropic sector.
Speaker Information
Matthew Rossman
Matthew Rossman
Professor of Law
Co-Director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Additional Information
8:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast.
1-hour gratis CLE credit pending approval.
Space is limited. Registration required.

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