Legal Issues for Arts Administrators @ 2019 Arts Administrators of Color Convening

November 10, 2019  •  Washington, DC

Event Summary

In this fast-paced panel presentation, experts from Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts will cover a lexicon of legal issues facing arts administrators including 501(c)(3) - getting it and keeping it; updates on new tax regulations; labor issues - work for hire, independent contractor v. employee, etc.; and board governance best practices. The session includes handouts and Q&A.


Hardeep Grover (not confirmed) is an attorney with Tresquire Legal Services, a solo practice where he works with creative entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, art, and entertainment spaces, helping clients navigate legal hurdles on their path to business growth. Hardeep began his practice in California’s wine industry, before delving into the nuances of New York’s art and entertainment industries. Having returned to his hometown of Washington, DC, Hardeep now provides end-to-end transactional and strategic advisory services to clients in DC, NY, CA, and VA. Hardeep Past President of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC, a 400 attorney non-profit organization that hosts attorney education courses, panel discussions with senior attorneys, and legal clinics for those in need. Hardeep received his BA in Economics from George Mason University and his JD from The George Washington University Law School. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with wild yeast fermentation, and he dreams of one day owning a Rotovap and a cheese cave.

Sharon Nokes earned her B.Mus. from the Eastman School of Music; her M.Mus., from the Manhattan School of Music; and her J.D. magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she is currently on faculty. As Of Counsel at Caplan & Drysdale, in Washington DC, she advises a broad range of nonprofit organizations—including some of the nation’s largest private foundations and publicly-supported charities, as well as educational institutions, cultural organizations, supporting organizations, and healthcare organizations—on tax, corporate governance, and other compliance issues. She has represented clients before the IRS in complex audits, ruling requests, exemption applications, and other matters. She has also represented clients before the Treasury Department and Congress with regard to new or pending laws and regulations. Professor Nokes is Senior Officer, Legal Affairs, and Associate General Counsel at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Taxation of Exempts (ThomsonReuters), a bimonthly publication that provides tax analysis and guidance to professional advisors to, and managers of, charities, foundations, and other complex nonprofit organizations. While a student at Georgetown, she served as a Legal Writing Fellow and Senior Writing Fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program, and Managing Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Her publications include E-Rated Movies: Coming Soon to a Home Theater Near You?, and several articles on tax issues affecting tax-exempt organizations.

India Pinkney is the NEA General Counsel. She received a BA in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies and a JD from the University of Virginia. India clerked with the N.C. Supreme Court and then practiced at Baker & Hostetler, LLP. She worked at the Federal Aviation Administration in the International Law Division. She served as the first U.S. attorney in the Legal Bureau of the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization. This South Carolinian is an avid traveler who has lived in France and Canada. She writes creatively and loves books. India is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

This event is produced by Arts Administrators of Color. For more information and to register, contact Arts Administrators of Color at, or visit WALA member rates do not apply to this event.

Event Details

  • Date

    November 10, 2019

  • Time

    11:00am - 12:30pm

  • Partner

    Arts Administrators of Color

  • Venue

    Eaton DC
    1201 K St NW
    Washington, DC

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