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Jill Sears
JILL M. SEARS

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Law School: Indiana
University School
of Law: Bloomington,
J.D., 1997.

College: Tulane
University, B.A.,
Political Economy,
1994, cum laude.

As general counsel to religious and charitable nonprofit organizations operating both domestically and abroad, Jill provides advice and training on nonprofit corporate law, governance and best practices, exempt organization filings, taxation, contracts, secured lending, church extension fund securities registration and real estate matters. She has counseled her nonprofit clients on sensitive matters related to programs they support and property issues throughout the U.S. and abroad. She also advises business clients on entity formation, contract and real estate matters.

Jill's involvement with international law has led to extended stays in Germany, where she was a research fellow at the University of Kiel, and Belgium, where she interned in the Brussels office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' Protection and Training Division. As a result of this work, Jill has developed a working knowledge of both German and French. She has taught American law to foreign law students in Germany and in the United States, and has published a notable review of Britain's 1998 House of Lords decision in the Pinochet case.

Jill is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania. She volunteers with the Jenkintown Community Alliance and enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and cheering the Phillies. Jill lives in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania with her husband, son and cats.

Publications:
Confronting the 'Culture of Impunity': Immunity of Heads of State from Nuremberg to Ex Parte Pinochet, 42 German Yearbook of International Law, 125 (2000).

The New 990 Rules: An Overview of Significant Changes, Whiteman, Bankes, & Chebot, LLC. Newsletter (April 2009).


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