Board & Manager Education

Serving on your community association board of directors can provide a sense of accomplishment and allow you to be involved with protecting your investment.  It is a great way to use your knowledge and expertise on behalf of your association.  Let us help you gain additional knowledge about the law and best practices for being on your community association board of directors.  

Through continuing education and following our advice, managers and board members can reduce liability for their association. We offer an array of educational topics to meet your community association's needs.

The community association attorneys at SwedelsonGottlieb work diligently to educate clients and the managers that serve them. The following is a list of classes that SwedelsonGottlieb's attorneys have taught. SwedelsonGottlieb also creates custom training programs specific to client needs.


  • Board member fiduciary duty
  • Association financials
  • Annual budgets & disclosures
  • Governing document enforcement
  • Assessment collection
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Discrimination
  • Reserve studies
  • Life of a lawsuit
  • Small claims
  • The board member's role in litigation 
  • The manager's role in litigation
  • Workplace harassment
  • Bullying 
  • Free speech in community associations
  • Board relationships
  • Contract essentials
  • New legislation
  • How to run successful elections
  • Communicating with members & social media matters
  • Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
  • Amending governing documents
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Ethics
  • Illegal practice of law
  • Top HOA cases
  • Aging in place
  • Smoking & no-smoking policies
  • Drafting enforceable rules
  • Maintenance obligations
  • Drones
  • Short-term rentals and other rental issues
  • Addressing nuisances
  • Overcoming bad precedent
  • Exclusive use common area responsibilities
  • Cameras, safety & security
  • Scary situations
  • Tendering insurance claims
  • Practical and productive board meetings
  • Water management and resources
  • Employment issues
  • Harassment training
  • Water losses, mold and damage clean up
  • Solar panels
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Best practices for dealing with rogue board members
  • Best practices for architectural committees and applications
  • Earthquake preparedness, insurance and dealing with the aftermath of a large disaster
  • The duty of a community association and Covid-19

You may also find helpful articles and resources under the Resources tab above. Please contact us if you are interested in a board or manager education program.