Much of the field of law is ensuring that people and groups are able to flourish within the boundaries set up by the justice system. Charities and nonprofit organizations often have special needs and requirements for maintaining their status within the community that can require the assistance of a lawyer. Kendis Key Muscheid of Ballard Spahr LLP talked about her career in law.


What degree program did you study?

“I received my undergraduate degree in finance and economics, then went on to earn my Juris Doctor (JD) degree from University of the Pacific.”

What does your current job entail?

“My area of specialty is tax-exempt organizations, primarily charitable organizations. I work to establish charitable organizations or other types of tax-exempt entities, assist those organizations in disputes with or under audit by the IRS, help organizations design scholarship or other types of programs, work on various governance or whistle-blower issues, advise donors who are making charitable contributions and similar items. Basically, I work with nonprofit organizations in all areas of their operations to ensure they stay compliant with the law and to help them do so in a way that makes sense within their structure and charitable mission.”