Assistant Professor of Law Jaclyn Cherry has been named one of four reporters for the American Law Institute’s (ALI) project, “Principles of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations.”
The project’s goal is to set forth and clarify the law of charitable nonprofits. When the text is published, it will serve as the first resource in this area of law from the ALI for judges, lawyers and academics across the US and abroad.
Cherry has been working as editor for the project since 2011, when she was sought out by the ALI because of her expertise and knowledge about nonprofit and tax-exempt law. But in May 2013, she was asked to become an associate reporter by Lance Liebman, director of the ALI.
As a reporter, Cherry will work with her fellow associates to complete the research and preparation of a final draft that will continue to undergo a lengthy review process with ALI Advisors, Members Consultative Group, Council, and Membership before being published by the ALI.
“It is quite an honor to be selected as a reporter,” said Cherry. “I believe this is a very important area of the law in need of the type of focus afforded by the ALI. I look forward to working with the many talented individuals involved in the project.”
Coming to USC Law in 2008, Cherry quickly spearheaded several projects that feed her passion for helping nonprofit organizations.
In 2009, Cherry established USC Law’s Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, annually providing legal services to approximately 20 nonprofit organizations throughout South Carolina.
She is also a founding member of the South Carolina Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts program, which provides pro bono legal assistance to South Carolina’s arts community. Other partners in the program include the USC Law Pro Bono program, the SC Arts Commission and the SC Bar Association Pro Bono Program.
Most recently, Cherry, along with several prominent attorneys, created the Small Business Capstone course at USC Law, providing third-year, second semester law students with intense study and a practical skills focus in the area of transactional law.
The 3rd edition of her casebook, Tax Exempt Organizations: Cases and Materials, will be published by Lexis Nexis in 2014.