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Legal Webinar - Affirmative Action

Legal Webinar - Affirmative Action

Navigating the Legal Landscape Following SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

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Event Details

Navigating the Legal Landscape Following the SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling 

The Supreme Court's recent rulings on affirmative action (in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard) and LGBTQ+ rights (in 303 Creative v. Elenis) have led to a proliferation of legal challenges against DEI programs implemented by associations, including scholarships, grants, contests, and fellowships. At the same time, associations face internal challenges to their efforts to build more diverse professional communities through inclusive policies. This session will summarize these recent legal developments and their implications for association DEI programs, and provide an overview of how legal precedents intersect with organizational DEI policies concerning membership and governance. Join us for this important exploration into the future legal landscape and how it affects your association.

In this value-packed session you will:

  • Learn how to manage emerging risks when implementing new programs and reviewing existing ones.
  • Learn to identify and manage legal risks associated with DEI-related programs and governance changes
  • Learn to apply the Strict Scrutiny analysis discussed in SFFA v. Harvard when designing DEI programs for their associations
  • Deepen your understanding of legal concepts underpinning equal protection, the First Amendment, and rights of association.


Members: $49
Non-Members: $99

Recording will be made available post-event to registered attendees.

CAE Credit

As an approved provider, this program may be applied for 1 CAE credit toward your CAE application or renewal requirements. 

Content Leaders

Dorothy Deng, Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLC

Dorothy is a member of the firm's Associations, Nonprofits, and Political Organizations practice group. Dorothy has over 14 years of experience in assisting nonprofit associations on a variety of legal issues, including governance, intellectual property, social media, privacy, dispute resolution, and international operations. Dorothy served on ASAE's International Associations Advisory Council and Technology Professionals Advisory Council. She received her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University in 2006, in addition to an LL.B. in 2003 from the National Taiwan University.  She is admitted in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Ms. Deng is fluent in Mandarin.


Kevin M Serafino, CAE, Associate, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLC

Mr. Serafino is an associate in the firm’s Associations, Nonprofits and Political Organizations group.  His practice focuses on trade associations, professional societies, public charities, social welfare organizations, and other tax-exempt organizations at all stages of their lifecycle, including formation, tax exemption, governance, operations, and major transactions.  He also advises nonprofit and for-profit entities involved in political activities on compliance with campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying laws.

He previously served in various lobbying, legal and compliance roles at national trade associations.  Most recently, he served as Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy and Counsel at the Household & Commercial Products Association, overseeing advocacy efforts before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies and advising on political and legislative strategies.  Prior to that, he served as a lobbyist, policy analyst, and political strategist at the International Franchise Association.  Mr. Serafino also has extensive experience managing fundraising, strategy, and compliance for political action committees (PACs).

Event Sponsor


Lindsay Poss, CMP, Director of Meetings & Events