08Apr Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference — Boston

Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference — Boston

April 8, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Check-In & Reception Opens at 8:30 a.m.
Islamic Society of Boston (Cambridge)
204 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Critical, Strategic Information Prepared by Senior Attorneys & Professional Researchers


Muslim Legal Fund of America's Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference delivers practical information about laws impacting mosques and other Muslim nonprofit organizations as well as the imams, board members, staff and attorneys who serve them.

The goal of this one-day intensive law conference is to equip Muslim community leaders with the knowledge and resources for successfully navigating the increasingly complicated legal landscape affecting Muslims in America.

Conference Presenters

  • Charles Swift

  • Shari Crittendon

  • Dr. Ihsan Bagby

  • Khalil Meek

Director and Counsel, Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America     

Charles Swift is the Director of Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America. He was named by National Law Review as one of the top 100 legal minds in the nation. He is a retired Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Following his military career, Charles was a visiting professor and head of the Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, before leaving to enter private practice in Seattle.

Charles has been a regular contributor on the topics of military and constitutional law for national news programs including MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, NPR, and Fox News. He has received numerous awards for his advocacy, including recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus at Seattle University School of Law, ACLU’s Roger Baldwin Medal for Distinguished Service, and was runner-up for Lawyer of the Year in 2005 as well as being named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in 2006 by the National Law Journal.

Senior Corporate Counsel, Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America

Attorney Shari Crittendon served as General Counsel for United Negro College Fund, which is the nation’s largest minority education assistance organization and provides operating funds for member historically black colleges and universities as well as scholarships for students at roughly 900 educational institutions. Shari is spearheading CLCMA’s nonprofit legal services division. Her experience managing governance, compliance and other legal issues for UNCF member institutions across the nation will prove invaluable to the American Muslim community.

Subject Matter Expert, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Ihsan Bagby is an ISPU Expert and an Associate Professor in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. His research has focused on Muslims in America. In 2001 he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled The Mosque in America: A National Portrait. Based on the 2001 study, Dr. Bagby has published four articles, “Imams and Mosque Organizations in the United States,” in Muslims in the United States, “A Profile of African American Mosques” in Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, “Attitudes of Mosque Participants Towards America,” in the forthcoming book A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America, and “The Mosque in the American Public Square,” in Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square Dr. Bagby received his PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan with a specialty in Islamic Law.

Executive Director, Muslim Legal Fund of America

Khalil Meek is Executive Director of Muslim Legal Fund of America, which is the national charity leading the struggle against anti-Muslim injustice in American courtrooms. As the organization's executive director, Meek spearheaded the initiatives to grant fund Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to defending the legal rights of American Muslims. He also organized Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference, a series of conferences that delivers important information on legal and social challenges facing the Muslim community.

Whether it’s the Muslim ban, immigration delays, watchlists or compliance-related nonprofit shutdowns, American Muslim community leaders face many legal challenges. Understanding these challenges is the first step in safeguarding organizations and the communities they serve.

More than 300 Muslim Nonprofits lost 501c3 status since 2011
Don't let your nonprofit be next!

This is not a "Know Your Rights" seminar.  This leadership conference will cover legal and social issues that directly impact how you operate your non-profit organization.

Conference Schedule

Subject matter to be covered includes:

  • Safeguarding 501(c)(3) status – governance, risk and IRS compliance
  • Board fiduciary responsibilities, record keeping and disclosures requirements
  • Employment law, 1099 contractor law, child protection law, volunteers and the law
  • Fundraising regulations, state registrations, unrelated business income
  • Domestic violence & child abuse laws – mandatory reporting vs confidentiality
  • Guidance on LGBT issues, legal protections for faith based organizations
  • Local impact of government designations of foreign groups
  • Banking regulations – FDIC – DOJ – Watchlists – international charitable giving
  • Travel ban – no fly list – “SSSS” – border detentions – excessive interviews
  • Anti-Muslim immigration tactics – CARRP – challenging in Federal Court
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)
  • Mosque zoning and prison discrimination
  • What the law says about hate speech, anti-Muslim protests at religious institutions

During the conference, learn more about MLFA's flagship project – Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America: the largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to the American Muslim community – and its new strategic "Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)" program for American Muslim nonprofits that aims to:

  1. Identifying risk that may cause leadership and/or organizational liability.
  2. Provide legal advice, assistance and counsel to mitigate any identified risk.

It is vital for American Muslim community leaders to be informed about the latest legal issues facing the community – especially in this increasingly hostile environment. We can't afford to hold our breath for four years. We must act now.

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) will present its findings from research on how to make our mosques more accessible and community friendly by reducing barriers to engagement and increasing mosque capacity as part of its “Reimagining Muslim Spaces” project. This session includes key research-backed recommendations from the ISPU study, followed by an interactive session with participants.

Please register for this important event today.

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Apr 08, 2017 09:00 AM
Apr 08, 2017 05:00 PM
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204 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139
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