Legal Clinic: Bylaws Review

in partnership with Mayer Brown (Apply by March 12th)

Application Deadline: March 12, 2024 - (The event is free but organizations must apply, and be accepted, to attend)


Program Description:

Are your nonprofit’s bylaws up to date with current Illinois law?

Did you know that if your board makes a decision that is not in compliance with your bylaws, a court can set aside that decision?

Learn about best practices and tune up your bylaws with Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Join LCA and attorneys from Mayer Brown on March 20th from 11AM-3PM CT, including lunch, for an in-person bylaws clinic. Each organization will be paired with an attorney(s) from Mayer Brown to work through and amend their nonprofit’s bylaws and will walk away with an updated document and instructions on how to ratify their new bylaws.


Application Requirements:

  • Applicant must be incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Illinois for at least 2 years and be in Good Standing with the state of Illinois,
  • Both a board member and a staff leader must attend in-person on March 20,
  • The organization’s budget for FY2023 may not exceed $750,000,
  • The organization must have bylaws, and
  • The organization’s board must meet at least quarterly.

Upon receipt of your application and determination of eligibility, LCA will contact you. At that point, we will provide the application to Mayer Brown for acceptance in the clinic. Once your application has been approved by both LCA and Mayer Brown, we will notify you about the location, etc. Please block off the time for the clinic on your staff and board member attendees’ calendar immediately.


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