Governing Your Community (DCAL) 2022

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    • Non-member - $35
    • CAI Homeowner Leader Member - Free!
    • CAI Manager Member - $25
    • CAI Business Partner Member - $25
    • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - $35
    • Non-Member Manager - $75
    • Non-Member Business Partner - $75

Duration: 3 hours

What are the benefits of a community association and how are community associations structured? Community associations derive their basic legal authority for their existence, activities and actions from laws and certain legal documents. Learn more about this structure in order to effectively lead your association. 

This course will explain:

  • What is a community association?
  • The legal documents that enable a community association to govern its member owners
  • The purpose of a community association
  • The board, committee and owner roles and responsibilities


Pre-Program Survey
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Live Webinar
12/01/2022 at 4:00 PM (CST)  |  180 minutes
12/01/2022 at 4:00 PM (CST)  |  180 minutes
Governing In Your Community Quiz
10 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  6/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  6/10 points to pass
Feedback Survey
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Participation Certificate
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Scott Rosenlund

Bartzen Rosenlund Katzen

Scott A. Rosenlund is a founding member of the Chicago law firm Bartzen Rosenlund Kasten LLC. Scott has represented Illinois community associations since 1997. Scott is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Condominium Subcommittee and the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

 Scott is a frequent speaker at community association industry seminars and regularly gives presentations for community management firms and other industry professionals regarding community association law. Scott has served as an instructor for accredited continuing legal education courses relating to community association law. Scott has authored numerous articles discussing community association legal issues and has on many occasions been quoted in articles relating to community association law. Scott’s writing and comments have appeared in publications such as Common Interest, Condo Lifestyles, CooperatorNews Chicagoland, The Cooperator New York, The Cooperator New Jersey, The Cooperator South Florida, The Cooperator Western Florida, New England Condominium, ACTHA News, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

 As part of a nationwide team of eleven community association lawyers serving on the CAI College of Community Association Lawyers Governing Principles Task Force, Scott was one of the co-authors of “Guiding Principles for Community Association Governing Documents: A Resource for Lawyers.” Published in 2021, this 25-section book serves as a definitive resource for attorneys in drafting governing documents for both new and existing community associations.

 Scott is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Kara Cermak

Senior VP Learning & Development


Kara Cermak is part of the RealManage family after selling her company in 2017.  Kara served as the President and is the daughter of the founding owner of Rowell Incorporated, AAMC. Kara graduated from Northern Illinois University with an Operations Management Degree and a minor in English Literature.  She has over 30 years of experience in the industry, managing communities, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a team. As a leader in the industry, Kara realizes the importance of improving the industry. She obtained the CMCA®, AMS® and PCAM® (the pinnacle of CAI designations).  She served as a Board Member for the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) for 8 years and served as President of the Chapter for a year. She became National Faculty for CAI’s Professional Designations Program in 2009 and continues to teach throughout the country. Kara earned the Educator of the Year Award in 2017 and served from 2017 through 2019 on the National CAI Board of Trustees, and the National CAI Community Manager's Council. She is now a member of the Community Manager Success/Support Group (CMSG) for the RealManage family, and teaches, mentors, and supports community managers and board members within RealManage for their personal development. 

Kara, in concert with other professional women friends, founded celebrating all that is feminine (CATIF) to fund charities that need a means of funding, giving back to women and children in our community. The charity is a 501(c)3 and we have contributed over $200,000 to local organizations, from a grassroots effort of fundraising, over the last 10 years.  


Thank you to our 2022 DCAL material sponsors!