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May Law Day

  • 05/01/2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Nara 1617 Main Street, KCMO 64108


2019 May Law Day

Topic - Free Speech | Free Press | Free Society


House Salad w/ Wasabi Ranch or Ginger Soy Dressing

Crab Rangoon w/ Sweet Chili Sauce

White Rice

Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry

Beef & Broccoli

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Water | Soda | Tea | Coffee

Guest Speaker - Karen Donnelly, Copilevitz & Canter

Karen Donnelly is a partner in the Kansas City office of Copilevitz, Lam & Raney (formerly Copilevitz & Canter). Her practice focuses on First Amendment litigation and administrative law in the areas of charitable, political and commercial speech. She represents nonprofit and commercial entities within the fundraising, advertising and marketing communities, including state attorney general investigations, Federal Trade Commission investigations, IRS exams, multi-state investigations, civil rights litigation and appellate practice in federal and state courts.

In 2017, Donnelly argued an appeal involving First Amendment and administrative law issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of a trade association. In 2018, Donnelly filed a petition for a writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court in the same case. A number of amici have filed briefs in support of the petition, including but not limited to the Cato Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Donnelly also counsels on the formation, structuring and qualification of tax-exempt organizations. She advises clients on nonprofit governance issues, corporate law, regulatory compliance, tax exempt organizations law, and constitutional law.

She has also worked in the areas of direct marketing and nonprofit fundraising in Washington, D.C.

Donnelly volunteers as a cooperating attorney on the legal panel of the ACLU of Kansas and is a member of the Federalist Society. Donnelly is Chair of the St. Anthony’s Pastoral Council, Lector and Pre-Cana Minister. Donnelly and her husband are expecting their first child in March 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, running and spending time with family.


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