MSU College of Law

Arthur Cutler

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Arthur Cutler serves as Chief Operating Officer position at Fair Chance. Mr. Cutler is responsible for providing leadership, planning, management, and enhancement of Fair Chance’s internal organization systems and infrastructure. He oversees the budget and directs financial planning and accountability, human resources, and day-to-day office operations and technology systems. Mr. Cutler has considerable experience in organizational management, operations, board governance, human resources, strategic planning, resource development and training.

Previously, he worked as the Coalition Membership Director at the National Crime Prevention Council, Deputy Director of Network Growth with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and Director of Organizational Management with the National Disability Rights Network. Mr. Cutler is also a former Presidential Management Fellow.

Mr. Cutler was named by the Aspen Institute and American Express as one of the Emerging Social Sector Leaders of 2015 and is also a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy. Mr. Cutler was selected by the US Department of State and Legacy International to join the US Delegation to Morocco and Tunisia as the NGO Expert. Mr. Cutler provided training, lectures and presentations for government officials, NGOs and academic institutions as a member of the delegation.

Mr. Cutler earned his J.D. from the Michigan State University Law School and his B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College. He also completed his Nonprofit Executive Management Certificate at Georgetown University.

  • Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations
    The nonprofit sector is essential to society's economy and identity. It's also a growing and interesting legal practice area. This class will examine the formation, governance, operation and the legal framework of non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. Topics include the law governing nonprofits; the skills necessary to create, operate, and advocate for nonprofit organizations; determining the legal form of the organization; tax exempt status; fundralsing (charitable giving, solicitations, legal regulation of such activities); duties and responsibilities of the board of directors; liability of nonprofit organizations; and ethical issues for nonprofits. Guest speakers from area non profits will supplement the readings and discussion. Readings will Include case studies, as well as cases and articles from legal and business sources. A field trip to a nonprofit organization may be taken. Class project involves a case study of a nonprofit, advising the nonprofit organization where appropriate, assisting the nonprofit in organizing, establishing organizational and operational documents, filing for tax exempt status, and/or creating operational policies.