Emily is legally-focused, so you can be mission-focused.

In 2011, Emily started Robertson Law Office, LLC, through which she helps small to medium-size nonprofits and tax exempt organizations with tax and regulatory compliance, governance, and other areas more unique to the nonprofit sector.  Emily has spent much of her career working in and around nonprofit organizations, and this experience has provided her with the ability to understand both the culture within the organization, and the particular demands that nonprofits face on a daily basis.  Outside of Emily’s practice, she volunteers for various organizations, including as a board member of the Charities Review Council.  She is adjunct faculty for Hamline University in their Masters in Nonprofit Management program, and is a frequent speaker on governance, tax and other issues related to nonprofit organizations. Emily was named a “2014 Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer.

Emily lives in Minneapolis with her wife Rachel, 11-year old Nokomis, two cats and a bunny.  When not advising nonprofits or volunteering for them, Emily attempts to be handy by learning how to fix things in their 1910 home, rides her Triumph Bonneville as much as possible, eats delicious food, and gets lost in a good book.  In 2013, Emily co-starred and co-produced a show for the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival: “…Kill All The Lawyers,” which made a smashing reappearance at the 2015 Charm City Fringe in Baltimore, MD.
emily
 
 
Bar Admissions:
Minnesota
 
Education:
Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN -- May 2011

B.A. in Social Justice, B.A. in Philosophy, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN -- May 2004

Legal Experience:
Adjunct Professor, Law for Nonprofit Organizations - Hamline University's Masters in Nonprofit Management Program, St. Paul, MN, Fall 2013 - present
 
Adjunct Professor of Law, Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients -- William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, Fall 2012

Legal Administrator/Law Clerk -- Borenstein and McVeigh Law Office, Minneapolis, MN, 2006-2011

Law Clerk -- Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, Washington, DC, Summer 2010

Affiliations:

American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Nonprofit Financial Group of the Twin Cities
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Associate Member
Membership Committee member, Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance
Volunteer Attorney, LegalCorps
Vice Chair (2016), Secretary (2015), Core Priorities Committee, Charities Review Council
Vice Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee and Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program
Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association's LINC Program (Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community)
 
Former Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Foundation
Former Board Member, Southside Family Charter School
Former Board Member, Minnesota Fringe
 
Honors:
 
Minnesota Lawer 2014 Up & Coming Attorney
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications:
 
Reviewer and editor of 2016 update of Chapter 4: Charitable Solicitation Registration, Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's Nonprofit Legal Handbook.
 
"Alternative Rate Structures: Adventures in billing at a for-profit, nonprofit law firm," Published on Small Firm Soapbox, a blog maintained by the Minnesota State Bar Association, January 21, 2016.
 
"Top Nonprofit-Specific Legal Issues," Published in "With Equal Right," a publication of Minnesota Women Lawyers, Volume XXXX, Issue I, Fall 2015.
 
"Disqualified Persons and the Intermediate Sanctions Excise Tax Scheme," posted at nonprofitaccountingbasics.org, a project of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, October 2014; reprinted by Law for Change
 
"Advising Public Charity Boards on Lobbying Activities" -- Tax Section News, Minnesota State Bar Association, Summer 2012, at 9; also printed in the ABA's Business Law Section Nonprofit Organizations Committee Newsletter, Third Quarter 2012.
 
"Is the IRS Going to Scrutinize Political c4s?" - blog post reprinted in the Exempt Organization Tax Journal, June 26, 2012
 
 
Speaking Engagements and Trainings:
 
Presenter, "Lobbying and Election Year Compliance Issues," Associations North, September 20, 2016.
 
Co-Presenter, Legal Requirements and the Importance of Being Transparent, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Essentials Conference, August 9, 2016.
 
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag "Lobbying and Political Activities in an Election Year for Tax Exempt Organizations," June 10, 2016.
 
Presenter, "The Road to Compliance in an Election Year is Littered With Potholes," Associations North, 60th Annual Meeting and Expo, May 18, 2016. 
 
Instructor, “Managing Legal & Tax Issues," at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, May 6, 2016. 
 
Planning Committee Member and Presenter, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - 2016 Nonprofit Law Conference.  Presenter - Watch Your Step: Excess Benefit Transactions in Compensation and Other Transactions with Insiders, April 11, 2016
 
Presenter, Starting a Charitable Organization, Independent School District 196, March 31, 2016.
 
Presenter and Course Co-Chair, Role of a Board Member and Governance vs. Management, Hennepin County Bar Association's Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community, February 11, 2016.
 
Presenter, Interested in Serving on a Nonprofit Board? Webinar for Ramsey Couty Bar Association, January 22, 2016.
 
Presenter, Tax Update, Boeckermann, Grafstrom & Mayer LLC, St. Paul, MN, October 22, 2015.
 
Presenter, Interested in Serving on a Nonprofit Board? Ramsey County Bar Association's Solo Small Firm Section, September 24, 2015.
 
Co-Presenter, Legal Requirements and the Importance of Being Transparent, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Essentials Conference, August 20, 2015.
 
Panalist, Practicing Good Nonprofit Governance & Steps to Becoming a Nonprofit, Sister Cities International's 59th Annual Conference, July 17, 2015.
 
Co-Presenter, Best Practice for Nonprofits: Top Ten Finance Issues Your Board Should Understand, sponsored by Highland Bank, June 3, 2015.
 
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association's 2015 Animal Law Seminar - "Charitable Organizations and Animal Welfare," April 17, 2015.
 
Co-Presenter, Schechter Dokken Kanter's Quarterly Roundtable Series - "Top Ten Finance Issues Your Organization Should Understand," March 25, 2015.
 
Planning Committee Member and Presenter, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education --  2015 Nonprofit Law Conference. Presenter: "How to Give Funds and Influence People Without Earmarking," March 16, 2015.
 
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag - Lobbying and Political Activities for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations, January 27, 2015.
 
Co-Presenter, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2014 Annual Conference: Nonprofits in Motion - "Ten Finance Questions Board Members are Afraid to Ask", November 6, 2014.
 
Co-Presenter, Nonprofit Financial Group of Minnesota - "Ten Finance Questions Board Members are Afraid to Ask", October 23, 2014.
 
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag - Form 1023EZ - Another tool for your toolbox?, June 3, 2014.
 
Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management Program - Saint Mary's University, Spring 2014 and Summer 2015.
 
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag - Fiscal Agent? Fiscal Sponsor? Advising on Fiscal Sponsorship Issues, April 14, 2014.
 
Planning Committee Member and Panelist, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education --  2014 Nonprofit Law Conference. Panelist: "Practice Resources: Your Guide to Nonprofit Practice in Minnesota," March 12, 2014.
 
Co-Moderator, Hennepin County Bar Association's LINC Program - Lawyers on Nonprofit Boards: Roles & Responsibilities; Exposures & Opportunities, February 27, 2014
 
Co-Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education - Leech Lake Legacy: Charitable Organizations for Animal Welfare, November 11, 2013
 
Presenter and Course Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education -- Common Missteps and Unique Issues in Advising Nonprofit Clients.  Presentation: "Tips for Advising Clients on Fiscal Sponsorship Arrangements," June 13, 2013.
 
Instructor, 2013 Technical Assistance Workshops, presented to grantees of Headwaters Foundation for Justice, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, and PFund Foundation; Winter/Spring 2013
 
Guest Lecturer, Nonprofit Governance, Finance, and Law - Hamline University, Spring 2013
 
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