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Fraternities and Sororities

As a full-service law firm with over 100 years of experience, Ice Miller understands the importance of values and principles espoused by fraternities and sororities – leadership, personal and professional development, character development, achievement of goals, good citizenship and cooperation. We understand the ever-changing legal and business climates affecting fraternities and sororities, as well as the social and cultural issues that impact fraternal organizations and the risks and challenges they face on a daily basis.

Even with proper planning, from time-to-time, due to the nature of fraternal organizations, events still occur that require rapid response and coordination. Our team knows how to handle crisis management situations. In addition, Ice Miller attorneys proactively advise clients on steps to take to reduce risk and to develop strategies to identify and mitigate those risks. 

As our higher education system continues to change and the campus social culture evolves, fraternities and sororities will play an increasingly important leadership role as it relates to the collegiate experience and alumni engagement.

In order to operate effective organizations with valuable programming and support for collegiate members, fraternities and sororities must stay ahead of the issues that can create risks for their organizations. Ice Miller helps fraternal organizations monitor business, legal and regulatory matters and supports national organizations as they operate their business and staff, serve their communities, engage their alumni, and continue the tradition and values of Greek Life for collegians.

Ice Miller understands and tailors its services to the unique needs of each client and draws on our Firm’s depth of experiences to assist our clients with a variety of matters. Our work for fraternities and sororities includes:
 
  • Advising on matters related to foundations and fundraising efforts
  • Advising on risk management best practices for national organization and chapters
  • Advising on liability risk management issues and exposures, including sexual assault, premises liability, security issues and others
  • Engaging in real estate transactions including leasing, constructing, buying or selling of national headquarters or chapter houses
  • Advising on data security and privacy matters
  • Advising on crisis management situations
  • Assisting with employment-related matters
  • Assisting with internal investigations
  • Lobbying on behalf of national organizations
  • Monitoring and navigating local, state and federal tax laws
  • Navigating and advising on issues related to member discipline matters, hazing and complaints
  • Navigating relationships with contractors and vendors
  • Organizing grassroots efforts for changes to laws impacting the organizations
  • Preparing governance documents such as bylaws, constitutions and policy manuals
  • Protecting significant assets, innovations and brands
  • Representing organizations on matters related to local housing corporations and employees
  • Reviewing governance structure and advise on proactive and effective changes
  • Structuring new entities for the organization
  • Conducting training for staff and boards on governance and other matters
Ice Miller is committed to fraternities and sororities and making sure they remain an integral part of leadership and service for collegiate and alumni members.

Ice Miller is proud to be a member of the National Panhellenic Conference Partner program.
 

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