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March Webinar - COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Association Meetings

  • 19 Mar 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM


  • Bronze Members and their substitutes who have attended 2 or less luncheons.
  • For Bronze Members Substitutes where the member has already attended 3 luncheons.
  • Registration for for-profit, non-members whose company staff have NOT attended a FAR luncheon previously.
  • This is for nonprofit, non-member professionals only.

FAR Webinar: COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Association Meetings

The news and developments regarding the COVID-19 virus are changing daily and, at least for now, not for the better. What can you do now about the threat to your association’s scheduled meetings and conferences, and what should you be thinking about as you plan for the rest of the year and beyond? Some questions that will be addressed during this timely webinar:

  • Do your hotel, convention center, and other meeting contracts contain a force majeure provision that may excuse performance and eliminate cancelation penalties under the contract?
  • How should we read and interpret these force majeure clauses – and how are the hotels and convention centers interpreting and acting on them? (You will be very surprised to hear some recent war stories.)
  • How will the cancelation and attrition clauses in those contracts apply if you cancel an event, or if you don’t cancel?
  • What are your options to try to negotiate your way out altogether or to reduce your penalties?
  • What are the pros and cons of canceling now versus waiting longer to cancel or attempt to postpone?
  • How do current federal, state and local government declarations, admonitions and bans (e.g., on large gatherings and/or travel) affect your ability to successful execute a force majeure cancelation – and when – and how does the timing and size of your meeting affect your ability to do so, as well as your negotiation strategy?
  • What are helpful strategies for communicating with hotels and convention centers about cancelation, postponement, and/or trying to book future meetings with the venue instead?
  • If you decide to reschedule the meeting for late summer or later this year, how can you best protect your association in the event the effects of the crisis last longer than anticipated?
  • If you have event cancellation insurance coverage, will it apply to make your association whole or will it exclude coverage altogether? What about such coverage going forward?
  • What are key tips and best practices for negotiating future meeting contracts?

Experienced association attorney Jeff Tenenbaum – who has been on the front lines advising over 100 association clients since the start of this crisis – will walk you through the answers to all of these questions…and more. He will provide invaluable, strategic and practical guidance and tips, as well as real-time examples, to help your association or association clients navigate what is an ever-growing, incredibly tricky, and dangerous minefield for the association community


Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Managing Partner, Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC

Jeff Tenenbaum is one of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys, and also is an accomplished author, lecturer, and commentator on nonprofit legal matters. As Managing Partner of the Washington, DC-based Tenenbaum Law Group, Jeff counsels his clients on the broad array of legal issues affecting trade and professional associations, charities, and other nonprofits. For 19 years, Jeff practiced law at the Venable law firm and chaired its nonprofit practice for most of that time. Among numerous other honors and awards, Jeff was the 2006 recipient of the American Bar Association's Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year Award and is one of only five lawyers in the prestigious U.S. Legal 500’s Not-for-Profit "Hall of Fame." Jeff is the author of the ASAE-published book, Association Tax Compliance Guide, and currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Trade and Professional Associations Subcommittee and on the ASAE Legal Advisory Council and Public Policy Committee.

When: Thursday, March 19 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. EST

REGISTRATION:  Please use the following link to register for the webinar.


This program has been reviewed for CPE and CAE credit.

CPE – Business Law (technical)

CAE – 6) Administration C) Legal and Risk Management 2) Mitigate the organization to comply with relevant laws and regulations

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