Beware The Commerciality Doctrine And Other Nonprofit Law Poetry

By Bruce R. Hopkins
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'Hopkins displays an endearing, if goofy, sense of humor' - Kirkus Reviews

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Welcome to the world of nonprofit law, summarized here in a form loosely poetical. Beware the Commerciality Doctrine and Other Nonprofit Law Poetry sheds new light on the world of nonprofit law. Some of these offerings read more like inside jokes – how rude! – than one’s customary poem. Delightfully unique, entertaining, and enlightening, these poems and prose may not fully explain the ins-and-outs of law, but they certainly offer a closer look at the sentiment and realities of nonprofit law.

About the Author

Bruce R. Hopkins concentrates on the representation of tax-exempt organizations, practicing with the Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri. He is the Professor from Practice at the University of Kansas School of Law. He has authored or coauthored over 35 books on nonprofit law subjects, including The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Eleventh Edition; The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Fifth Edition; Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Fifth Edition; The Law of Fundraising, Fifth Edition; Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide; Ultra Vires: Why the IRS Lacks the Jurisdiction and Authority to Regulate Nonprofit Governance; Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Law Dictionary; Nonprofit Governance: Law, Practices, and Trends; and Tax-Exempt Organizations and Constitutional Law: Nonprofit Law as Shaped by the U.S. Supreme Court. He writes a monthly newsletter, the Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel, now in its 35th year. 

He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, for Nonprofit Organizations/Charities Law, 2007-2017. He earned his JD and LLM degrees at the George Washington University, his SJD degree at the University of Kansas, and his BA degree at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the state of Missouri. See

He notes that, in the event it is not immediately apparent, the poem “Casket Distinction” was inspired by IRS private letter ruling 200033049.

Published: 2017
Page Count: 72