Madeline Obler, Esq. is Assistant General Counsel for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., where she provides legal advice to the Conference and to the staff of and attorneys representing thousands of 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) Catholic organizations nationwide on matters such as federal tax exemption; annual reporting requirements; political activity and lobbying; substantiation, disclosure, and reporting of charitable contributions; unrelated business income tax; entity choice, formation, and governance; grantmaking; income tax withholding, FICA, and SECA for U.S. citizen/resident alien and nonresident alien workers; Affordable Care Act compliance and reporting; retirement and welfare (including fringe) benefit plans; and other tax matters. Madeline is also responsible for maintaining the Conference’s group exemption letter covering approximately 50,000 charitable organizations. Prior to joining the Conference, Madeline was an Associate atCrowell & Moring LLP where she supported tax-exempt organizations at every step, from assisting clients in formation and application for tax exemption, advising on political and lobbying activities, and monitoring proposed legislation, regulations, and rulings that impacted her tax-exempt clients. Madeline graduated magna cum laude from Elon University School of Law and holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following her graduation from Georgetown, Madeline clerked for the Honorable John O. Colvin of the United States Tax Court where she drafted opinions on a variety of tax matters including those related to tax-exempt organizations. Madeline then practiced at Blank Rome LLP under a leading expert in the area of exempt organizations. She also assisted with various tax litigation, corporate, and state and local tax issues.