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In Memoriam: Karla Simon

Wednesday, August 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Wehrlin
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ICNL marks the passing of Karla Simon. Karla co-founded ICNL in 1992, in the midst of a distinguished academic career focused on the law of nonprofit and charitable organizations that began at Duke Law School, where she graduated in 1972. She pursued her passion for nonprofit law and advocating for relaxation of governmental restrictions on the nonprofit sector in work at NYU, Yale, the American Tax Policy Institute and eventually Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where she was teaching when she co-founded ICNL. She also visited and taught at law schools around the world, from South Africa to China and multiple countries in between.

In 2003, Karla founded the International Center for Civil Society Law and focused on China, a country whose people, culture, food and nonprofit sector had fascinated her since her first visit there in 1995. She worked with numerous Chinese colleagues on nonprofit legal reforms and authored Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era." She wrote a number of other studies as well.  ICNL recognizes Karla's contributions to civil society around the world. Her legacy will be remembered.

The above article was recently published by the International Center for Non-profit Law

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