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D.C. Bar CLE Institute 2021


CLE Institute Speakers

James Goldberg

James M. Goldberg is a principal in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Goldberg & Associates PLLC.  His practice focuses on the representation of nonprofits, trade associations, professional societies, foundations, and other types of tax-exempt organizations in all aspects of their operations.

Mr. Goldberg is the author or co-author of a number of publications, including Protecting Your Organization's Officers and Directors, Hiring and Firing Within the Law: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations, and The Meeting Planner's Legal Handbook.  He is former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade Association within the American Bar Association's Section on Business Law and formerly served on the governing Council of the American Society of Association Executives' Legal Section.

He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and is a member of the District of Columba and Maryland Bars, and the Order of the Coif, the national legal honorary society.  A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Goldberg J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center, and his B.S. in political science and journalism from Syracuse University.

He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and is a member of the District of Columba and Maryland Bars, the American Bar Association, and the Order of the Coif, the national legal honorary society.  A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Goldberg J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center, and his B.S. in political science and journalism from Syracuse University.

Marchelle Harris

Marchelle Harris serves as a Program Support Specialist for the Business Licensing Division (BLD) within the District of Columbia, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).  She has over thirty years of experience as a “Public Servant” with DCRA, thirteen of which have been with the BLD.  She also has experience in the private and federal government sectors.

Ms. Harris works collectively with division team, other divisions within DCRA, including the Permit Division, Inspection and Compliance, the Small Business Resource Center, and the Corporation Division.  She also works with other government agencies, including DOH, FEMS, and OTR in supporting the vision of Director Melinda Bolling’s “OWN IT” initiative.  She has received several certificates of recognition during her time with the DCRA.  In 2016, she was recognized as Employee of the Year by the BLD and the Professional Licensing Administration within DCRA.

She has served several times as a panelist for the D.C. Bar, Continuing Legal Education Program, during which classes Ms. Harris spoke to attorneys from across the country about the licensing process in the District of Columbia for nonprofits.

Ms. Harris received her B.A. from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (formally Cheyney State College), where she majored in economics, while earning two minors in American history and Africa American history. She was a recipient of the Delta Epsilon monetary Scholarship Book Fund.

Seth H. Jaffe

Seth H. Jaffe is Chief of the Ethics Law & Policy Branch within the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE). He has been with OGE for over a decade. While at OGE, Seth has worked on detail for a year as an Ethics Advisor in the White House Counsel's Office. Seth joined OGE after practicing civil rights and constitutional law.

After graduating cum laude from Duke University School of Law, Seth began his career working as a litigation associate for Curtis Mallet ­ Prevost Colt & Mosle, a large New York City law firm. Immediately prior to joining the Office of Government Ethics, Seth served as Acting Deputy General Counsel and Director of EEO Programs at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In addition, Seth worked as the Managing Attorney for the ACLU of North Carolina where he represented clients in both state and federal court.

Elizabeth Kingsley

Elizabeth Kingsley is a partner with Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg LLP, where she guides her clients through the complex maze of legal, tax and political reporting frameworks that often require novel application to grass roots and coalition activities. Her clients include national and international public interest organizations, community-based groups, private foundations, associations, as well as political organizations and candidates. Many of her clients have complex organizational structures with lobbying, charitable, political, and other affiliated operations. She focuses particularly on lobbying and policy advocacy, and compliance with campaign finance laws. She also advises on international grant making, state and local tax exemption, and nonprofit governance.

Beth co-chairs the subcommittee on Politics and Lobbying Activities of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the ABA Tax Section.

Beth earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. She earned her B.A. from Oberlin College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.

Chris Swartz

Chris Swartz is Senior Associate Counsel with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, supporting OGE’s legislative, policy, and ethics law functions. He previously served as the first permanent head of the National Office and Bureau Programs Branch of the Departmental Ethics Office, Department of the Interior. Before that, he was Associate Counsel and Team Lead of OGE’s International affairs team, responsible for supporting and promoting U.S. international ant-corruption policy. While at OGE, Chris twice served on detail to the White House Counsel’s Office as Ethics Counsel.

Chris earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the New England School of Law, and a B.A. from Elon University.

Peter C. Wolk (Moderator)

Peter C. Wolk (Moderator) of the Law Office of Peter C. Wolk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College (CT), earned a Master of Education from Harvard University in Nonprofit Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, and graduated with a juris doctor degree cum laude from American University’s Law School.

Since 1984, Mr. Wolk has represented the interests of national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations of all kinds, including medical societies, community charities, trade associations, Internet watchdog groups, educational groups, religious organizations, international relief groups, amateur sports organizations, higher education entities, health and environmental nonprofits, membership organizations, social welfare groups, and scientific research groups.

In his law practice, Mr. Wolk advises clients on day-to-day and strategic governance, inter-entity transactions, joint ventures, nonprofit formation, corporate documents, mergers, tax, fund raising, employment issues, intellectual property, contracts, Board meetings, and the permissible range of activities for tax-exempt organizations. In addition, he conducts Board training retreats, legal audits, and strategic planning sessions.

He teaches Nonprofit Law and Governance at American University and has taught Nonprofit Law for the D.C. Bar for over 20 years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, National Capital Chapter, and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.

Mr. Wolk has twice been honored as Volunteer of the Year for the Arts, was lead legal counsel for the enactment of the D.C. Nonprofit Volunteer Immunity Law, and has written The Art of Creating Nonprofit Organizations (Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts), How to Develop Self-Sustaining Nonprofit Organizations (U.S. Department of Energy, Clean Cities Program), The Paper Chase: Non-Profit Filings, Forms & Record Keeping, and served as Special Editor of Developing Fundraising Policies and Procedures. He has chaired the D.C. Bar Association's Membership Committee and Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, which was the Recipient of the American Bar Association Best Project Award.

Mr. Wolk is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court.

He can be reached at:

1735 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
[email protected] and [email protected]
Website: www.peterwolk.com 

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