General Counsel, Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California

Posted by Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California on 09/13/2013

General Information

Nomination start - 03/19/2024
Nomination end - 04/12/2024
Process for Filling Position: Submission of a nomination
Number of Seats: 1
Location: San Francisco, California 94118, United States
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni, Parents

Summary of Position

General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice to the club.

Cornell Interests:


Regional Clubs

Talent Expectations: Skills


Write and/or Edit
Speak to Groups
Assist with amending and revising club bylaws as necessary. Review and comment on draft contracts that the club may be considering executing. Prepare release / waiver of liability / assumption of all risks agreements where necessary and appropriate for certain club events or activities.


Serve on a Committee or Board
Evaluate insurance issues that may impact the club’s operations and provide coverage analyses as appropriate. Advise regarding compliance with applicable law and the club’s bylaws. Assist with federal and state filings as required.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Represent Cornell
Advise regarding potential hazards and liability risks in connection with the club’s events, activities and communications. Provide ad hoc legal advice regarding general matters that may arise from time to time in connection with the club’s operations.

Industry Experience:

Services: Business
Government & Law: Legal Practice

Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Kate Van Dalsem
Volunteer Position Title:
Director, West Coast Engagement

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 1 year
Number of terms in Office: 1 term


Prerequisites Possesses a J.D. and is admitted to the California Bar, Strategic thinker, Good listener, counselor and communicator, Detail-oriented, Responsive, Good follow-through

Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? Yes


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: No
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: Monthly

Other Meeting Details: Monthly meetings either in person or virtually.

Additional Attendance Requirements: This position is invited to attend CALC and is encouraged to attend any other additional training opportunities available to them. Attend Annual members meeting.

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election