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Institutional Excellence: Best Practices for Conducting a Legal Audit of Your School

Classical Christian schools rightly focus on academic and programmatic excellence. But institutional excellence must likewise be a priority for a school to flourish. Operating a Classical Christian school is full of legal risk. A legal audit focuses on legal compliance and best practices. A school that takes the time to assess its compliance with applicable law may prevent a potentially costly, even catastrophic crisis from arising. Legal audits require solid legal counsel. It should be a collaborative and thorough review of the school’s policies and practices and should be designed to detect areas of risk and exposure, as well as to provide the school with important information about its legal obligations and best practices. Areas often covered in a legal audit include corporate governance, federal tax-exemption compliance, contracts and leases, human resources, fundraising, intellectual property, document retention and destruction, insurance, religious liberty and state and local law requirements. This session will help you understand the questions to ask and the documents to review to promote your school’s institutional flourishing.