Provide legal counsel to the Appraisal institute to manage and minimize risk but facilitate business objectives on a wide range of corporate, transactional, compliance, policy and litigation matters.
- Provide legal counsel to the Appraisal Institute, including its staff; Board of Directors, National Committees, Project Teams and Panels; Regions; Chapters; and related entities.
- Provide legal counsel, to manage and minimize risk but facilitate business objectives on issues such as antitrust, employment, not for profit status, partnerships/joint ventures/alliances, standard setting and enforcement, public relations and advertising, contracts, intellectual property, parliamentary procedure, governance structure, diversity programs, and electronic commerce. Examples of the type of counsel that attorney may provide include:
a) Advice on application of Bylaws and Regulations, and draft changes to such documents.
b) Advice regarding trademark issues including appropriate use of trademarks, review of alleged trademark infringements, preparation of cease and desist letters where appropriate, and follow-up as necessary.
c) Advice on Appraisal Institute copyrighted materials, including: review of copyright infringements, preparing cease and desist letters where appropriate and providing legal advice concerning appropriate usage of copyrighted materials.
d) Drafting Appraisal Institute policies and procedures and advising organization on related compliance issues.
e) Review of and advise regarding a wide range of Appraisal Institute contracts with parties such as potential Appraisal Institute business partners; alliances and joint ventures with associations and organizations, including international entities; consultants; member benefit/affinity providers; hotels and meeting services; office equipment vendors; computer hardware and software providers; mailing list purchasers; trade show exhibitors; convention speakers instructors; and publication and course authors and developers.
f) Advise regarding current contracts, including application, interpretations, renewals and terminations.
g) Review of Chapter Bylaws and advice to Chapters concerning chapter elections, regulation interpretations and other matters
h) Advise concerning legal issues involving instructors, students, and the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to educational offerings
i) Work on discovery requests, review motions and briefs, contribute to development of litigation strategy, and assist outside counsel in litigation matters.
- Work with Appraisal Institute outside counsel in various areas of concern, including antitrust, employment, not for profit status, standard setting, due process, public relations and advertising, contracts, intellectual property, parliamentary procedure, governance structure, diversity programs, and electronic commerce.
- Negotiate with opposing counsel and others concerning threats of litigation, contract drafting, contract breach and intellectual property infringement.
- Keep abreast of legal developments in all areas impacting Appraisal Institute operations.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year university or college
- Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
- Excellent writing, verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills
- Ability to recognize potential legal problems and recommend appropriate actions
- Ability to effectively interact and communicate with members, staff, general public, outside counsel, and opposing counsel
- Ability to exercise sound judgment
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Knowledge of the wide range of substantive law impacting professional associations, including but not limited to contracts, trademark, copyright, antitrust, not for profit status and governance, designations, standard setting, peer review, due process, and electronic commerce.
- Knowledge of litigation procedures and strategies
- Knowledge of Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Regulations governing all activities of the Appraisal Institute
- Knowledge of recordkeeping, data processing and word processing systems capabilities
- At least 1- year in-house counsel or law firm experience desirable, preferably in non-profit/association area
- Admitted to practice in State of Illinois
Internal Number: FT82005
About Appraisal Institute
The Appraisal Institute is a global professional association of real estate appraisers, with nearly 19,000 professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Individuals of the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations. Learn more at www.appraisalinstitute.org.