Cincinnati, Ohio – January 17, 2012 – Timothy M. Burke, Sean P. Callan, John E. Christopher and Daniel J. McCarthy today announced the establishment of FraternalLaw Partners, the nation’s only law practice dedicated to serving fraternities, sororities, student life organizations and their related educational and charitable foundations.
The practice builds upon 70 combined years of legal experience in fraternal law. Burke is a founding partner of Manley Burke, which has published the Fraternal Law newsletter for 30 years. Callan and Christopher, both former partners of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, have long-represented Greek organizations in all facets of their operations. McCarthy serves as the Editor of the Fraternal Law newsletter and monitors the Greek National Anti-Hazing Hotline, which is sponsored by 37 national Greek organizations.
Fraternal Law Partners offers a depth and breadth of legal services uniquely tailored to the issues confronting the Greek community. Services include legal counsel on business matters – real estate and housing within Greek communities, corporate governance for fraternities, foundations and house corporations, employment issues, tax and grant-making – as well as risk management, anti-hazing education, crisis and incident management, litigation and other liability issues.
According to Callan, the partnership with Fraternal Law Partners was a natural extension of both his and Christopher’s experience. Both are frequent contributors to the Fraternal Law newsletter and other legal publications. They have also presented case studies, seminars and workshops at numerous legal conferences, including theFraternal Law Conference, a leading legal conference for fraternities, sororities and their foundations.
“Our careers have been largely dedicated to the business challenges and risk management issues facing fraternities, sororities and their charitable foundations. We felt it was the right time to partner with Tim and Dan to dedicate ourselves more fully to the practice of law in this area,” Callan said.
Fraternal Law Partners will continue to publish the Fraternal Law newsletter, and will host the Fraternal Law Conference on an annual basis beginning in the fall of 2012.
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About Fraternal Law Partners
Fraternal Law Partners is the only law practice dedicated to the legal issues impacting fraternities, sororities, student life organizations and their related educational and charitable foundations. Its partners provide experienced legal counsel on business matters – real estate and housing, corporate governance, employment issues, tax and grant-making – as well as risk management, anti-hazing education, crisis and incident management, litigation and other liability issues. More information can be found at http://www.fraternallaw.com.
About Manley Burke
Manley Burke is a team of professionals who work together in select areas of the lawto solve clients' legal problems. The firm offers advice and representation in a wide range of fields including real estate, corporate and business, local government, zoning and land use, eminent domain, constitutional and civil rights, labor and employment, personal injury, Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability. More information can be found at www.manleyburke.com
Fraternal Law Partners is an Associate Member of the NIC. Learn more about our associate membership program at http://www.nicindy.org/associate-members.
The NIC is pleased to share that 2012 has been another successful year for the Jon Williamson Futures Quest. Fuutres Quest is a unique leadership isntitute that brings together emerging fraternity leaders from throughout North America. The program is designed the provide participants with the skills necessary to be ethical fraternity men who are prepared to lead their fraternity in a manner that is congruent with organizational Ritual and values.
Between the two sessions of Futures Quest, nearly 100 men and 20 undergraduate mentors participated in the program. In post-program assessment, participants reported the following gowth:
- 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that because of Futures Quest, they are better prepared to be a leader in their fraternity.
- 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that because of Futures Quest, they have a better understanding of the relationship of values and ritual to fraternity life
- 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that Futures Quest will cause them to make positive changes to their chapter.
- 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that Futures Quest will cause me to get the most from my fraternity membership.
- 94% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that Futures Quest will cause them to be a better person.
The NIC is grateful for all of the organizations that provided scholarship support for Futures Quest; the participants who came to the experience with an open mind and contriubted to the learning of others; all of the volunteers who either mentored or participanted in Fireside Chats; and for the partnership from the staff at the Tecumseh Leadership Center.
To learn more about Futures Quest, go to www.nicindy.org. Go here to see Camp Tecumseh's take on Futures Quest 2012.