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Lawyers Alliance, NPCC File Suit Objecting to New State Donor Disclosure Law (March 06, 2017)
Nationwide Resource Hotline for Nonprofits to Navigate New Federal Overtime Regulations (November 15, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2016 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations (November 14, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Stacey O'Haire Fahey as Pro Bono Counsel (June 16, 2016)
Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates the Impact of Lawyers on Nonprofits and Communities (May 17, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Elizabeth Perez as Legal Director (January 19, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2015 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations (November 02, 2015)
Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Bylaws That Work (September 09, 2015)
Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities (May 11, 2015)
Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Getting Organized (March 23, 2015)
Lawyers Alliance Announces 2014 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations (October 29, 2014)
Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Advising Nonprofits (September 09, 2014)
45th Anniversary Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities (May 05, 2014)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2013 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations (November 04, 2013)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Supports Nonprofit Revitalization Bill (May 14, 2013)
2013 Business Law & Leadership Gala: Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Vibrant Communities (May 13, 2013)
Lawyers Alliance Publishes Advising Nonprofits (April 16, 2013)

  Lawyers Alliance, NPCC File Suit Objecting to New State Donor Disclosure Law
   
  NPCC Contact: Heysha Nameri, (212) 502-4191 x233, hnameri@npccny.org
Lawyers Alliance Contact: Emily Crossan, (212) 219-1800 x233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org
   
 

New York , NY , March 06, 2017 --
Today Lawyers Alliance for New York and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) filed a complaint against Attorney General Schneiderman challenging provisions of the Governor's 2016 ethics law (New York Executive Law 172-e) as unconstitutional and harmful to nonprofits in New York State.

"While other sections of the statute are intended to increase transparency in the electoral process, the provisions we challenge today are unrelated to those goals," said Sean Delany, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York. "Nonprofits that provide technical support, make grants, or otherwise support advocacy organizations - with no intention of supporting lobbying activity - should not be required to disclose their donors without any connection to that activity. This is the first statute in the country to mandate such disclosure, and it is an ill-considered way to create such a legislative precedent."

"NPCC believes that transparency and accountability are fundamental to nonprofits, particularly when engaging in lobbying; however, this overbroad law catches nonprofits up in a net of reporting for everyday activities that have no connection to lobbying," said Sharon Stapel, President of NPCC. "Nonprofits throughout New York State will be subject to burdensome reporting requirements that could harm their ability to fundraise and to meet their mission. Nonprofits must be accountable to the public, but this law does not achieve that goal."

The complaint alleges that New York Executive Law 172-e violates the 1st and 14th Amendments. This provision would require 501(c)(3) nonprofits to report their donations simply because they provided a certain level of assistance to 501(c)(4) entities, even when that support is not connected to lobbying or political speech. Under this rule, for example, Lawyers Alliance could be required to disclose donors because they provided a (c)(4) with legal advice to incorporate or to set up their by-laws, activities that have no connection to the entity's political position.

This case is expected to be joined with ongoing litigation brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and Citizens Union before District Judge Richard M. Berman, United States District Court, Southern District of New York. The suit raises claims similar to those brought by the NYCLU/ACLU and Citizens Union, but asserts the constitutional claims from the perspective of nonprofits that were never intended to be regulated by the statute but will nevertheless be required to disclose their donors.

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The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) serves as the voice and information source for the New York City area nonprofit community. NPCC's mission is to create a sector that is better informed, managed, governed, and represented at all levels of government. With more than 1,450 members, NPCC helps nonprofits to improve their organizational management so they become more effective in meeting their missions and saves nonprofits money through cost-savings programs. NPCC also serves as a watchdog for nonprofit regulation on the city, state and federal levels, assuring that the nonprofit regulatory environment is fair and efficient. Established in 1984, NPCC is the largest such organization in the New York City area.

Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, Lawyers Alliance's staff worked with more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent approximately 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters.

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  Nationwide Resource Hotline for Nonprofits to Navigate New Federal Overtime Regulations
   
  Changes go into effect on December 1, 2016
   
 

New York , NY , November 15, 2016 --
The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (National Network) and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), with support from Pro Bono Net, have collaborated for the first time to launch a nationwide resource hotline for nonprofits regarding upcoming changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a regulatory change that is expected to have major impact. These rules raise the minimum salary threshold for employees who are entitled to overtime pay, significantly affecting the costs and obligations of all employers, including nonprofits, nationwide. Beginning on December 1st, the salary threshold for exemption from the overtime regulations under the FLSA will be raised from the current $455/week ($23,600/year) to $913/week ($47,476/year). Workers who are not exempt under the FLSA must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in any week. After December 1st, employers who are out of compliance risk incurring retroactive overtime obligations and administrative penalties. DOL estimates that millions of workers, including those at nonprofits, will be newly eligible to receive overtime pay.

Nonprofit organizations with questions about the new regulations and what effect they will have on their workforce can visit http://lawyersalliance.org/apb_intake_form.php to complete a simple intake form and sign up for a free one-hour legal consultation via telephone with an attorney. Currently, 14 law firms across the country have signed up to provide attorneys for these consultations. Lawyers Alliance for New York, a member of the National Network, will administer the program. If needed, nonprofits can request an additional one-hour follow-up call. Nonprofits are also encouraged to consult with local counsel regarding state overtime rules, as these consultations will only cover federal rules.

Sean Delany, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, says, "One of the main goals of the National Network is to harness the expertise of pro bono attorneys across the country for the benefit of nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. The legal assistance provided through the new Hotline will help nonprofit managers make sense of the new regulations. Nonprofit employers are encouraged to seek counsel on this important change prior to the effective date on December 1st."

Allegra Nethery, Pro Bono Partner at one of the participating firms, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Board Secretary of APBCo, states, "We are seeing a tremendous need for nonprofits to understand the impact of the new overtime rules on their operations. In partnership with the National Network and Pro Bono Net, APBCo is proud that our members' firms have stepped up to provide free legal advice to nonprofits in our communities on this complex issue."

The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers is a membership organization of providers that offer pro bono business law services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in geographic regions across the United States. The National Network relies on volunteer attorneys from law firms and corporations to provide that assistance, including those affiliated with the members of APBCo. The National Network shares best practices, collaborates on educational and legal projects, and promotes the delivery of high quality business and transactional legal services to organizations serving low-income and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) was established in 2006 as a mission-driven membership organization for attorneys and practice group managers who run a law firm pro bono practice on a full-time basis. Today, APBCo has over 180 members representing over 100 large law firms. APBCo's mission is to maximize access to justice through the delivery of pro bono legal services by advancing the model of the full-time law firm pro bono counsel, supporting and enhancing the professional development of pro bono counsel, and serving as the voice of the law firm pro bono community.

Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit, founded in 1999, dedicated to increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged. Through innovative technology solutions and expertise in building and mobilizing justice networks, Pro Bono Net transforms the way legal help reaches those in need. Pro Bono Net works with a broad network of access to justice partners to close the justice gap by empowering the public with information and self-help tools to improve their lives, equipping advocates with the resources to make a stronger impact, and mobilizing volunteers to expand help available.


Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York/National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers, (212) 219-1800 ext. 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org and Allegra Nethery, Seyfarth Shaw/APBCo, (312) 460-5523, anethery@seyfarth.com.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2016 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to be held November 17th
   
 

New York , NY , November 14, 2016 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms - Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and Dentons US LLP - are recipients of the 2016 Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance will present this year's awards at a ceremony on November 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Viacom, 1515 Broadway in New York City.

The 2016 Cornerstone Award winners also include 12 outstanding individuals selected from 1,600 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

"This year's Cornerstone Award winners not only provide much-needed pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations working across New York City, but they also inspire their colleagues and clients with their dedication," said Larren M. Nashelsky, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance.

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP: The firm has provided pro bono assistance to Lawyers Alliance for many years, with Cahill lawyers providing a variety of legal services that benefit low-income New Yorkers. Cahill's work for Lawyers Alliance clients has helped improve urban health and sustainability, the quality of life for children, older youth, and New Yorkers of all ages, and stimulated economic development in underserved neighborhoods. Cahill has substantially increased its participation in Lawyers Alliance matters in recent years, representing more than 30 community development organizations since 2013, including representation in 21 active matters over Lawyers Alliance's past fiscal year. Cahill's advocacy of Lawyers Alliance is part of its long and honored pro bono tradition, and the firm's efforts have had a major impact in and around New York City.

Dentons US LLP: Along with its predecessor firms, Dentons has partnered with Lawyers Alliance for more than eighteen years, providing pro bono assistance to more than 75 nonprofit clients on more than 90 legal matters since 1998, including 22 cases during the past year. Dentons attorneys provide critical guidance throughout the lifecycle of exempt organizations, including negotiating and preparing strategic agreements and offering significant employment law support to improve personnel management. Helping communities in need is at the heart of the firm's pro bono and corporate responsibility work, just as it is core to Lawyers Alliance's focus on strengthening nonprofits that are improving quality of life in low-income communities.

"Lawyers Alliance is gratified to present these two extraordinary firms with Institutional Cornerstone Awards, our most significant honor, reflecting a substantial depth and breadth of business and transactional law pro bono. Their work with nonprofit clients has truly made a difference in communities across the City," noted Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Jonathan Bloom and Jessica Falk, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP: For enhancing access to government information about nonprofits, allowing for greater transparency and benefiting the entire nonprofit sector.

Rita Dattola, Holland & Knight LLP: For providing expert real estate legal advice to nonprofits and championing pro bono service, helping to connect colleagues with pro bono opportunities.

Anthony J. Distinti, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP: For helping nonprofits understand and comply with complex federal tax laws and procedures.

David M. Feldman and Shellie Weisfeld Freedman, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP: For negotiating contracts related to Medicaid Redesign to allow an asthma support organization to expand its health services.

David Harty, Kaye Scholer LLP: For utilizing valuable legal and negotiation skills to help nonprofits rent affordable space to deliver multiple social services.

Michael Kessler, Clifford Chance US LLP: For providing ongoing supportive legal advice to a children's arts organization, enabling it to pursue national fundraising.

Mara B. Levin, Herrick, Feinstein LLP: For active and responsive employment law assistance to a wide variety of nonprofits working to improve and enhance the quality of life for low-income New Yorkers.

Paul Pollock, Crowell & Moring LLP: For providing sophisticated corporate legal advice to a workforce development organization, allowing it to expand its services and protect its intellectual property.

Jill Rosenberg, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP: For making pro bono service a priority throughout her career, offering expert employment law support to numerous nonprofit organizations.

Mark Schonberger, Goodwin Procter LLP: For building a trusted relationship with a Business Improvement District from its formation to present day, helping to advance the quality of life in its neighborhood.

"Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 196 of our volunteers have received an Individual Cornerstone Award. These are Lawyers Alliance's strongest volunteers, and they exemplify the best of the legal profession," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director and Director of Institutional Advancement.

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About Lawyers Alliance: By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 660 nonprofit clients on more than 1,050 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Stacey O'Haire Fahey as Pro Bono Counsel
   
  Effective June 16
   
 

New York , NY , June 16, 2016 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey O'Haire Fahey as its first Pro Bono Counsel. Ms. Fahey will play a central role in Lawyers Alliance's client intake, volunteer recruitment and support, case management, and pro bono program staff supervision. She will work with staff colleagues to manage Lawyers Alliance’s law firm and corporate pro bono relationships. She recently has been working with Lawyers Alliance on a special project as the organization expands its pro bono work with corporate legal departments.

Ms. Fahey comes to Lawyers Alliance following a long career at Proskauer Rose LLP, first as a Health Care Associate and then as Director of Pro Bono/Pro Bono Counsel from 2006 to 2015. In that position, she was responsible for the leadership and administration of Proskauer's award-wining international pro bono program across 13 offices and all practice areas. Ms. Fahey is active in the pro bono community and is a member and former chair of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a member of the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinators Network. In 2002 she was honored with Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone Award for pro bono excellence, thanks to her legal services to organizations assisting September 11 victims and their families.

"We are thrilled to enhance our program by adding Stacey. She’s a highly respected pro bono advocate, familiar with the legal needs of nonprofits, and an excellent organizer and thought leader," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director and Director of Institutional Advancement.

"I am honored to join the dedicated team at Lawyers Alliance," said Ms. Fahey. "Engaging volunteer lawyers from law firms and corporations across the City as co-counsel to assist nonprofit clients with significant business and transactional legal needs not only benefits our clients but also engages the private Bar in important and rewarding public service."

About Lawyers Alliance: Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods.

High Volume, High Impact: During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,600 volunteer attorneys from New York City’s finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofits and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates the Impact of Lawyers on Nonprofits and Communities
   
  Laureen E. Seeger, Carol Bellamy, and Yanki Tshering honored for community service leadership
   
 

New York , NY , May 17, 2016 --
On May 19, 2016, more than 400 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors will gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance for New York's 2016 Business Law & Leadership Gala. This event is the largest annual charitable gathering of business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are strengthening New York City communities.

This year’s distinguished honorees are:

Laureen E. Seeger, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, American Express Company
Ms. Seeger leads American Express Company's legal, compliance and ethics, corporate secretary, and federal and state government affairs departments. She is a member of the company's Operating Committee.

Ms. Seeger and American Express Company have a longstanding commitment to strengthening nonprofits and communities through leadership development, community service, and advising nonprofits that support small businesses and economic development. Her legal team shares the conviction that nonprofits, and those who lead them, are an essential element for positive change in underserved communities. For more than ten years, American Express has worked with Lawyers Alliance to provide high quality pro bono legal services to multiple nonprofits that benefit children, families, new immigrants, and other low-income New Yorkers. Recently, volunteers from the American Express legal department conducted “Understanding Contracts: A Nonprofit Hands-On Clinic with Legal Practitioners,” for Lawyers Alliance nonprofit clients. American Express regularly encourages employees to participate in its Serve2Gether Consulting initiative, whereby teams of employees provide pro bono consulting to nonprofits to build the organizations' marketing, technology, and strategic capabilities. Ms. Seeger has extensive corporate and law firm experience. She serves on the Board of FTI Consulting Inc. She is a former member of the Board of the California Chamber of Commerce and of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and is a former Board Chair of the Bay Area American Heart Association.

Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director, UNICEF
Ms. Bellamy has had a distinguished career in the public and private sector. She is currently Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund Board of Directors and served ten years as the Executive Director of UNICEF. In 1969, she helped found the Council of New York Law Associates (Lawyers Alliance's original name), and was a member of the Steering Committee from 1969 to 1972, and the organization's first Treasurer. Ms. Bellamy currently serves on Lawyers Alliance's Board of Advisors, providing continued input on organizational strategy. Ms. Bellamy also served as the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, President and CEO of World Learning, and Director of Peace Corps. She worked in the private sector at Bear, Stearns & Co., Morgan Stanley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Ms. Bellamy spent 13 years as a public official, including five years in the New York State Senate. In 1978, she became the first woman elected to citywide office in New York City when she was voted President of the New York City Council, a position she held until 1985.

Yanki Tshering, Executive Director, Business Center for New Americans
As founder and Executive Director of Business Center for New Americans (BCNA), Ms. Tshering has developed and implemented economic development programs in New York City for more than 20 years. BCNA was formed with a $15,000 grant from the American Express Foundation to start a program to provide advice to refugees interested in starting businesses. Lawyers Alliance staff and volunteer attorneys have provided BCNA with pro bono legal services on 14 separate matters over the past seven years. BCNA has received national recognition for its creative and practical asset development programs for low- to moderate-income refugees and immigrants in New York City. BCNA has made over $15 million in micro-loans to date and over 1,500 refugees and their families have graduated from the Center’s Individual Development Program for Refugees, investing over $24 million in assets such as home ownership and small businesses. Ms. Tshering is also a Board member of Credit Builders Alliance.

Aric Press, Partner, Bernero & Press, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies for the third year. Mr. Press has a wealth of experience in the media covering the business of law. In 2015, after serving as Editor-in-Chief of ALM, he formed Bernero & Press, a consulting company dealing with client feedback and strategic positioning for law firms and legal departments.

Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Ariel J. Deckelbaum states, "This year's Business Law & Leadership honorees demonstrate a strong commitment to those in need. Laureen, Carol, and Yanki and their respective organizations have spent years working to improve our communities. These efforts, along with those of Lawyers Alliance’s volunteer attorneys, illustrate a dedication that translates into a direct impact on those served by nonprofit organizations."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php.

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About Lawyers Alliance: Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods.

High Volume, High Impact: During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofits and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Elizabeth Perez as Legal Director
   
  Effective January 19
   
 

New York , NY , January 19, 2016 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the promotion of Elizabeth Perez to Legal Director. Ms. Perez, who joined Lawyers Alliance in 2007, has served as Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney and most recently launched the Urban Health initiative, which works with nonprofits promoting preventative health, food security, healthy aging, and making New York City a greener place. Ms. Perez succeeds Linda S. Manley, who has accepted the position of Deputy General Counsel for New York State Homes & Community Renewal.

Ms. Perez will be responsible for nonprofit client outreach, client representation, and Lawyers Alliance's in-house staff attorneys. She has significant experience in advising nonprofits with business and transactional legal issues, including nonprofits working in the areas of urban health, immigrant services, elder services, and safety net services. She is co-editor of Advising Nonprofits, Lawyers Alliance's signature publication, and an expert in legal issues related to governance, contracts, and lobbying regulations.

"Lawyers Alliance is pleased to appoint Elizabeth Perez as Legal Director. In her eight years at Lawyers Alliance, Elizabeth has proven to be an extraordinary attorney and has earned the respect of her colleagues, nonprofit managers, and attorneys. We look forward to Elizabeth spearheading our efforts as we continue our momentum, serving a greater number of clients with the assistance of a greater number of volunteer attorneys," said Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance, Ms. Perez was an associate at Clifford Chance US LLP. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, an L.L.M. from the University of London, and a B.A. from Texas A&M University.

About Lawyers Alliance: Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods.

High Volume, High Impact: During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofits and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2015 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to be held on November 4
   
 

New York , NY , November 02, 2015 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms - Duane Morris LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - are recipients of the 2015 Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance will present this year's awards at a ceremony on November 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Viacom, 1515 Broadway in New York City.

The 2015 Cornerstone Award winners also include eight outstanding individuals selected from 1,650 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

"This year's Cornerstone Award winners have provided vital pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are helping individuals and neighborhoods in need, and they inspire colleagues and clients with their exemplary volunteerism," said Ariel J. Deckelbaum, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance.

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Duane Morris LLP: This international law firm has demonstrated its strong community commitment through pro bono legal and educational services that strengthen the nonprofit sector. Since 1999, the firm has partnered with Lawyers Alliance to represent more than 40 nonprofit clients on more than 45 pro bono legal matters. Duane Morris attorneys have shared their expertise in the areas of corporate governance, contracts, mergers, real estate, intellectual property, employment, and health care. Moreover, Duane Morris is a steadfast contributor to Lawyers Alliance's educational programming, providing knowledge, resources, and technical support that allow Lawyers Alliance to deliver practical legal information to nonprofit managers and pro bono attorneys. Most recently, the firm provided invaluable word processing, formatting, and proofreading work to enable Lawyers Alliance to release new editions of its signature publications, Advising Nonprofits and Getting Organized.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP: Consistent with its decades long tradition of public service, this global law firm has been particularly active in recent years in complex and compelling business law and transactional pro bono projects. Since 2010, the firm has represented 42 nonprofit clients on 48 different legal matters through Lawyers Alliance, including 12 new matters during the past year. Volunteers have donated their time and expertise to help clients negotiate contracts, enhance corporate governance, improve regulatory compliance, and reduce risk. Thanks to this pro bono assistance from Fried Frank, dozens of nonprofit organizations are better prepared to serve children and youth, develop affordable housing, and improve health in low-income neighborhoods throughout New York City.

"Lawyers Alliance is grateful for the pro bono leadership of these two extraordinary firms. We are gratified to present them with Institutional Cornerstone Awards, Lawyers Alliance's most significant honor, reflecting their substantial depth and breadth of business and transactional law pro bono," noted Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Todd C. Arena, O'Melveny & Myers LLP: For championing community development credit unions and economic development through supportive pro bono corporate law assistance.

Michael A. Calandra, Jr., Alston & Bird LLP: For making a positive impact on his native city by helping multiple nonprofit organizations address corporate law issues at different stages in their development, from formation to dissolution and in between.

Allan H. Cohen, Nixon Peabody LLP: For preserving essential programs for children and families by negotiating a strategic alliance and joint venture agreement.

Kyla Henriksen, Citi: For mastering legal issues outside of her usual area of practice to provide high quality assistance to nonprofit organizations on governance and lobbying matters.

Elizabeth Hook, Citi,: For strengthening the nonprofit workforce through expert client counseling and employee trainings on timely human resources issues.

Sharon Lippett, Shearman & Sterling LLP: For repeatedly dedicating time and attention to pro bono employment law assistance on behalf of nonprofit organizations serving New Yorkers in need.

Michael Campion Miller, Steptoe & Johnson LLP: For strong team leadership and personal commitment evidenced in quality guidance to a family services organization in a matter involving children in foster care.

Edward Andrew Puerta, Nixon Peabody LLP: For using his real estate skills in pro bono transactional matters to help housing, economic, social services, and cultural nonprofits grow and thrive.

"Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 184 of our 6,000 volunteers have received an Individual Cornerstone Award. These are Lawyers Alliance's strongest volunteers, and they exemplify the best of the legal profession," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

About Lawyers Alliance: By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Bylaws That Work
   
  Second Edition revised to reflect legal developments related to New York State not-for-profit corporations
   
 

New York , NY , September 09, 2015 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of Bylaws That Work: A Manual for New York Nonprofits. Now in its second edition, Lawyers Alliance's 101-page publication reflects best practices and recent changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.

Bylaws That Work is designed to help New York not-for-profit corporations, their Board members, and attorneys to prepare new or revised bylaws, the set of rules and procedures that govern a nonprofit organization's internal operations. Bylaws That Work contains a legal overview of topics commonly covered in bylaws, questionnaires to assist those developing and amending bylaws, and sample documents for not-for-profit corporations with and without members.

The Editor of Bylaws That Work Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director, says, "Clear and functional bylaws make it easier for an organization's leadership to make significant operational, fiscal, and programmatic decisions that affect the health and future of the organization. Virtually every New York not-for-profit corporation should review and update its bylaws to ensure compliance with new legal requirements."

Within the past year, Lawyers Alliance also released new editions of its publications Advising Nonprofits and Getting Organized. Advising Nonprofits provides a comprehensive map of a wide range of legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff and the attorneys who advise them, including corporate structure, board governance, contracts, regulatory compliance, fundraising, personnel management, lobbying and political activity, intellectual property, and revenue-generating activities. Getting Organized is a hands-on guide for nonprofit managers and attorneys representing organizations that seek to incorporate and secure recognition of tax-exempt status.

Bylaws That Work is available for purchase as a bound printed copy ($50) and as both an Individual Use ($50) and Site License ($100) PDF download. The electronic versions include linked table of contents and websites. Please visit Lawyers Alliance's website at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php for more information or to order.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York: Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 14 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters.

About the Editor: Lawyers Alliance for New York's Deputy Executive Director/Director of Institutional Advancement Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer works with the Board and staff to carry out all aspects of Lawyers Alliance's mission. She has significant experience in advising nonprofits in the areas of corporate governance, fundraising law and regulation, and legal ethics. She spearheads Lawyers Alliance's pro bono program, strategic initiatives, and external relations.

Contact: For information about this publication, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Crossan at: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities
   
  Steven M. Cohen, Rohan Weerasinghe, and Eileen Torres honored for community service leadership
   
 

New York , NY , May 11, 2015 --
On May 13, 2015, more than 550 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors will gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance for New York's 2015 Business Law & Leadership Gala. This event is the largest annual charitable gathering of business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are strengthening New York City communities.

This year's distinguished honorees are:
Steven M. Cohen, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Mr. Cohen has combined a career in public service and private practice to make a positive impact on the lives of New Yorkers. He oversees the legal and administrative operations for MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, which manages a diversified corporate portfolio and whose philanthropic arm, the Perelman Family Foundation, is one of the nation's most generous supporters of women's health, education, and the arts. Mr. Cohen previously served as Secretary to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, in addition to Mr. Cuomo's Counselor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the New York Attorney General. In his career in private practice, Mr. Cohen has represented corporations and individuals in complex commercial, criminal, and regulatory matters. He also spearheaded a successful effort to gain the release of two men wrongfully convicted of the 1990 Palladium nightclub murder. He was named NYBA Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for his efforts. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cohen served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Violent Gangs Unit. He is a member of the New York University Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Bronfman Center at NYU, and a member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Board of Directors. District Attorney of New York County, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., will present the 2015 Business Law & Leadership Award to Mr. Cohen.

Rohan Weerasinghe, General Counsel, Citigroup Inc.
Mr. Weerasinghe oversees Citi's global legal team, including business-unit general counsels, regional general counsels, and corporate deputy general counsels. Prior to joining Citi in 2012, he was Senior Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP. During his 35 year tenure at the firm, Mr. Weerasinghe represented financial institutions and corporations worldwide on corporate governance, complex corporate transactions, and capital markets offerings. He is currently a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. Citi attorneys have actively participated in Lawyers Alliance's volunteer network for more than 15 years, providing trusted counsel on corporate, regulatory, and employment issues. Most recently, Citi's legal staff conducted a pro bono clinic for nonprofits on board engagement and best practices in corporate governance. Citi's Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Raymond J. McGuire, will present the 2015 Business Law & Leadership Award to Mr. Weerasinghe.

Eileen Torres, Executive Director, BronxWorks
Appointed Executive Director of BronxWorks in 2014, Ms. Torres has a long professional and personal commitment to serving the Bronx community. She joined BronxWorks in 1995, when it was known as Citizens Advice Bureau, and was named General Counsel in 2003, Interim Executive Director in 2013 and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Over the past 20 years, she has helped the organization grow from 120 to 600 employees and 10 to 30 sites, which today feed, shelter, teach, and support more than 35,000 people in the South Bronx each year. Under Ms. Torres' leadership, BronxWorks has received a contract to provide Affordable Care Act Navigator services, a contract to operate the Classic Community Center serving three NYCHA complexes in the Mott section of the Bronx, and multiple awards for exemplary management and governance. BronxWorks has been a Lawyers Alliance client since 1996, benefitting from quality pro bono legal help to advance its programs and operations. Former BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin will present the 2015 Business Law & Leadership Award to Ms. Torres.

Aric Press, Partner, Bernero & Press, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies for the second year. Mr. Press has a wealth of experience in the media covering the business of law. Until recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of ALM, and in 2015 formed Bernero & Press, a consulting company dealing with client feedback and strategic positioning for law firms and legal departments.

In addition to the Awards presentation, the Gala will highlight, with photographs and testimonials, the impact of Lawyers Alliance's services for nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Ariel J. Deckelbaum states, "We are privileged to work with a strong group of honorees for this year's Business Law & Leadership Gala. Throughout their careers, all have proven their commitment to New York City and the essential work done by nonprofit organizations in communities throughout the City. The support of Lawyers Alliance provided by Eileen, Rohan, and Steven and their friends and colleagues is a strong endorsement of the important services provided by Lawyers Alliance and its staff."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php

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Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Our network of pro bono lawyers from law firms and corporations and staff of experienced attorneys collaborate to deliver expert corporate, tax, real estate, employment, intellectual property, and other legal services to community organizations. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Each year, Lawyers Alliance's 13 staff attorneys and more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments serve 670 nonprofit clients on 1,100 different legal matters. In addition, Lawyers Alliance provides a broad range of educational opportunities for nonprofit managers on legal issues.


Press contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800 x 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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  Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Getting Organized
   
  Sixth Edition revised to reflect significant legal and practical developments related to New York State nonprofit organizations
   
 

New York , NY , March 23, 2015 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of Getting Organized. Now in its sixth edition, Lawyers Alliance substantially updated this 327-page publication to reflect significant legal and practical developments in federal and state law related to nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt organizations.

Getting Organized is a hands-on guide for nonprofit managers and attorneys representing organizations that seek to incorporate and secure recognition of tax-exempt status. It helps newly forming groups and their attorneys find online forms, research information, and complete applications to streamline the incorporation and tax exemption process. Getting Organized also offers insight into reporting requirements and fiscal sponsorship. Extensive Appendices contain sample forms and resources.

Getting Organized reflects the Non-Profit Revitalization Act, effective July 1, 2014, which made considerable changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (N-PCL). These changes strengthen corporate governance and nonprofit accountability, modernize certain aspects of the N-PCL, and eliminate some administrative and procedural burdens.

"Founders of nonprofit organizations face challenges during the start-up phase. Getting Organized is intended to demystify questions relating to choice of a corporate structure and the process of receiving recognition as a charitable organization," says Lawyers Alliance Legal Director and Getting Organized Co-Editor Linda Schechter Manley.

Lawyers Alliance Staff Attorney and Co-Editor Nicole D. Cuttino says, "Many attorneys want to put their legal skills to use benefiting pro bono clients but may be concerned that they lack the appropriate experience. Getting Organized gives an attorney representing a charitable organization the information and tools they need to successfully incorporate and secure tax exempt status for their clients."

Volunteers from the following firms provided assistance in updating and formatting portions of the publication: Alston & Bird LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; and Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Lawyers Alliance's Advising Nonprofits, the companion book to Getting Organized, picks up where Getting Organized leaves off and was extensively updated in Fall 2014 to reflect the Non-profit Revitalization Act. Advising Nonprofits provides a comprehensive map of a wide range of legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff and the attorneys who advise them, including corporate structure, board governance, contracts, regulatory compliance, fundraising, personnel management, lobbying and political activity, intellectual property, and revenue-generating activities.

Getting Organized is available for purchase as a bound printed copy ($100) and as both an Individual Use ($100) and Site License ($200) PDF download. The electronic versions include linked table of contents, index, and websites. Please visit Lawyers Alliance's website at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php for more information or to order.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York: Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 670 nonprofit clients on more than 1,100 matters.

About the Editors: Lawyers Alliance for New York's Legal Director Linda Schechter Manley oversees client representation services and manages the in-house attorney staff. Ms. Manley has significant legal experience in the areas of child care, elder services, mergers and strategic alliances, corporate restructuring, nonprofit governance, and coping with financial distress.

Staff Attorney Nicole D. Cuttino leads the Children and Youth Services program area, representing child care providers, afterschool programs, charter schools, and organizations serving older or at-risk youth. She advises Lawyers Alliance's substantial client base of community-based and nonprofit groups about business and transactional law issues.

Contact: For information about this publication, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Crossan at: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance Announces 2014 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to be held on October 30
   
 

New York , NY , October 29, 2014 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is proud to announce that two leading law firms - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Proskauer - are recipients of the 2014 Cornerstone Awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York. The annual awards recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance will present these awards at a ceremony on October 30, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Credit Suisse, One Madison Avenue in New York City.

The 2014 Cornerstone Award winners also include nine outstanding individuals, selected from more than 1,500 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year. In recognition of Lawyers Alliance's 45th year anniversary, the evening will include a special tribute to the 15 Year Circle, comprised of those who have volunteered at least 15 years.

"This year's eleven Cornerstone Award winners have delivered exemplary pro bono services, helping nonprofit organizations to provide vital programs for individuals and neighborhoods in need," said John D. Lobrano, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance. "In addition, it is inspiring to recognize Lawyers Alliance's 15 Year Circle volunteers, who have dedicated so much time and effort to strengthening nonprofit organizations over many years."

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP: This firm's exceptional commitment and service is evidenced by the high volume, quality, and impact of its pro bono representation of nonprofit organizations. The firm's New York office has handled a disproportionately large volume of business and transactional law pro bono matters for its size, including more than 70 legal projects through Lawyers Alliance since 1996 and 10 new projects begun within the last year. This includes an excellent blend of long-term, complex, and immediate matters. Morgan Lewis attorneys' exemplary assistance with corporate, governance, contract, employment, and intellectual property law is ensuring that nonprofit organizations are powerful forces for improving life in low-income communities.

Proskauer: This firm's outstanding pro bono tradition is reflected in its longstanding service to New York nonprofit organizations, from Lawyers Alliance's earliest days as the Council of New York Law Associates through the present. Proskauer attorneys have worked on more employment law pro bono matters through Lawyers Alliance than any other law firm in Lawyers Alliance's history, providing advice on human resources issues that are essential to the ability of nonprofit groups to operate strong programs. The firm's corporate and real estate attorneys have provided top quality pro bono legal assistance to numerous nonprofit organizations serving children, families, and seniors. Since Lawyers Alliance first honored Proskauer with a Cornerstone Award in 2005, the firm has handled more than 80 legal matters through Lawyers Alliance, including 13 begun within the past year.

"The Institutional Cornerstone Awards are Lawyers Alliance's most significant honor because they represent substantial depth and breadth of business and transactional law pro bono, as evidenced by this year's winners," noted Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Carolyn Austin, Arent Fox LLP: For her supportive real estate law and negotiation assistance to nonprofit groups working with disadvantaged children and workers.

Alexander W. Bogdan, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP: For his trusted employment law advice to eight nonprofit clients since 2007, allowing these organizations to grow and thrive.

John B. Dodson and Joseph B. Rothenberg, DLA Piper LLP (US): For their quality teamwork on a sale-leaseback transaction that is enabling a community-based organization to continue its education, health, and social services programs.

Emilie A. Hendee, Jones Day: For responsive employment law assistance to 16 nonprofit clients over the past seven years and recruiting colleagues for additional pro bono projects that strengthen nonprofit staff and programs.

B.K. (Boong-Kyu) Lee, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: For expert structuring and contract advice to a nonprofit organization that is expanding financial counseling to thousands in need in cities throughout the country.

James W. Perkins, Greenberg Traurig, LLP: For leading a stellar team that is helping Lawyers Alliance advocate on behalf of the nonprofit sector regarding a charitable exemption from real estate taxes.

Russell D. Sacks, Shearman & Sterling LLP: For keen insight in guiding credit unions serving low-income communities through complex regulatory and compliance matters.

Jonathan E. Silverblatt, Dorsey & Whitney LLP: For strategic corporate advice enabling nonprofit organizations to pursue partnerships and improve board governance.

"These individuals are stars. Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 176 of our 6,000 volunteers have received an Individual Cornerstone Award, and the 2014 honorees are especially deserving," said Sean Delany, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

15 Year Circle salutes longest serving volunteers In celebration of Lawyers Alliance's 45th anniversary, it is recognizing members of the 15 Year Circle, a special group of 63 long-term volunteers whose pro bono work with Lawyers Alliance spans 15 years or more. In many instances, their pro bono participation has spanned decades. Volunteers from the 15 Year Circle have applied their time and legal skills to more than 475 business and transactional law matters for 400 nonprofit clients. New York City is a better place to live and work as a result.

About Lawyers Alliance: By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, the 14 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 670 nonprofit clients on more than 1,100 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800.

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  Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Advising Nonprofits
   
  Sixth Edition revised to include changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Law brought about by the Nonprofit Revitalization Act
   
 

New York , NY , September 09, 2014 --

Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of its signature publication, Advising Nonprofits. Now in its sixth edition, Lawyers Alliance substantially updated this 526-page publication to reflect changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law due to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, which became effective on July 1, 2014.

Advising Nonprofits provides a comprehensive, practical road map for identifying legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff and the attorneys who advise them. This information is especially important as nonprofits seek to comply with the Nonprofit Revitalization Act's requirements. "The Act made wide-ranging changes to the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law for the first time in more than forty years," says Lawyers Alliance Executive Director and Advising Co-Editor Sean Delany. "All nonprofits incorporated in New York State, both charitable and non-charitable entities, are legally required to adopt governance policies and fiscal procedures that were until now considered best practices."

Co-Editor and Lawyers Alliance Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Perez says, "This edition of Advising Nonprofits also provides timely information to nonprofits and their attorneys on topics beyond the Nonprofit Revitalization Act that are critical to the operation of nonprofits in New York. The book helps identify areas where more in-depth legal counsel is needed."

Advising Nonprofits offers insight into key legal issues relating to corporate structure, board governance, contracts, regulatory compliance, fundraising, personnel management, lobbying and political activity, intellectual property, and revenue-generating activities. Extensive Appendices contain model documents and practical checklists and charts, allowing nonprofits and their attorneys to easily and directly apply these concepts to their operations.

Advising Nonprofits is available for purchase as a bound printed copy ($100) and as both an Individual Use ($100) and Site License ($200) PDF download. The electronic versions include linked table of contents, index, and websites. Please visit Lawyers Alliance's website at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php for more information.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York: Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 670 nonprofit clients on more than 1,100 matters.

About the Editors: Lawyers Alliance for New York's Executive Director Sean Delany positions the organization among peer institutions, law firms, community-based organizations, and the general public. He advises nonprofits in the areas of exempt organizations tax law and nonprofit law, and teaches a Business Law Transactions Clinic at New York University School of Law.

Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Perez leads Lawyers Alliance's Urban Health program area, which focuses on services to nonprofits engaged in preventative health, healthy aging, food security, and making New York City a greener place. In addition, she advises Lawyers Alliance's full range of nonprofit clients about business and transactional law issues.

Contact: For information about this publication, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Crossan at: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  45th Anniversary Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities
   
  Matthew Mallow, Diana Weiss, and James Silkenat to be honored for public service leadership; Lawyers Alliance celebrates 45th anniversary
   
 

New York , NY , May 05, 2014 --
On May 7, 2014, more than 450 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors will gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance's 45th Anniversary Business Law & Leadership Gala. The annual event highlights the partnership between New York's business lawyers and the nonprofits that provide vital services to New York City communities. This year's event will also celebrate Lawyers Alliance's 45 years as the leading provider of business and transactional legal services to nonprofits.

This year's distinguished honorees are:

Matthew J. Mallow, Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, BlackRock, Inc. Mr. Mallow has been BlackRock's General Counsel since 2012 and is a member of its Global Executive Committee. He is responsible for all legal affairs and regulatory compliance for BlackRock. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Mallow was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he led the Corporate Finance department. BlackRock's philanthropic focus is providing young people around the world with financial education and tools, as well as the mentoring and training they need to build better futures for themselves and their families. Mr. Mallow was a founder of the Council of New York Law Associates (Lawyers Alliance's original name), in 1969, on the Board beginning in 1970, and the Steering Committee in 1972. Over the past 40 years, he has continued to champion pro bono legal services by members of the private bar, and currently serves on Lawyers Alliance's Board of Advisors.

Diana Weiss, General Counsel, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Ms. Weiss has been PricewaterhouseCoopers' General Counsel since 2012. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner with the law firm King & Spalding, and prior to that, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Through programs such as Earn Your Future, PwC's $160 million national commitment to youth education with a focus on financial literacy, and PwC's 55,695 hours spent volunteering in the nonprofit community last year, PwC and Ms. Weiss embody a civic-minded spirit. The PwC legal team recently conducted a pro bono clinic to help Lawyers Alliance clients understand their responsibilities under the new Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

James R. Silkenat, President, American Bar Association and Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP Mr. Silkenat, a partner in the New York office of law firm Sullivan & Worcester and a member of its Corporate Department, is President of the 400,000 member American Bar Association. He has a long and distinguished ABA record directed at strengthening the legal profession and promoting services to underrepresented and underserved communities. Before his election by the ABA House of Delegates last year, he was a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1990. Mr. Silkenat's public service is rooted in his participation as a key member of the Council of New York Law Associates, serving as Board Chair and Steering Committee member in the mid-1970s.

Aric Press, Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief, ALM Media, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. During Mr. Press' tenure at ALM and The American Lawyer, the magazine has undertaken a series of initiatives, including the A-List issue, that have encouraged an increase in law firm pro bono activity.

The event will provide an overview of Lawyers Alliance's scope of services for New York City nonprofits improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Lawyers Alliance Board Chair John D. Lobrano states, "We are proud to mark the 45th anniversary of Lawyers Alliance this year. Lawyers Alliance's commitment to New York City nonprofits, a commitment shared by our honorees, volunteers, and other supporters, continues to enrich and empower communities. We thank our honorees, volunteers, supporters, clients, and staff and wish Lawyers Alliance continued success."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php

Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Our network of pro bono lawyers from law firms and corporations and staff of experienced attorneys collaborate to deliver expert corporate, tax, real estate, employment, intellectual property, and other legal services to community organizations. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Each year, Lawyers Alliance's 14 staff attorneys and more than 1,400 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments serve 640 nonprofit clients on more than 1,000 different legal matters. In addition, Lawyers Alliance provides a broad range of educational opportunities for nonprofit managers on legal issues.


Press contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800 x 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2013 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Two law firms and eleven individuals honored for business and transactional law pro bono; Additional 65 volunteers recognized for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief assistance
   
 

New York , NY , November 04, 2013 --
Two law firms - Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP - are recipients of the 2013 Cornerstone Awards, New York's highest business law pro bono honor. The Cornerstone Awards recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit groups that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance for New York is also presenting 2013 Cornerstone Awards to eleven individual lawyers, selected from more than 1,300 business and transactional lawyers in Lawyers Alliance's volunteer network. This year, Lawyers Alliance also salutes 65 dedicated attorneys who volunteered to assist nonprofit organizations in the neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Lawyers Alliance will present these awards at a ceremony on November 6, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Credit Suisse, One Madison Avenue in New York City.

"This year's honorees have delivered exemplary pro bono services, helping nonprofit organizations to provide vital programs and services to low-income communities in New York City," said John D. Lobrano, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance. "We are also pleased to honor those volunteers who stepped up after Superstorm Sandy to provide legal assistance to organizations supporting victims of the storm."

This year's institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Kirkland & Ellis LLP: Attorneys from Kirkland have been volunteering with Lawyers Alliance since 2003, providing top-quality legal assistance to 40 different clients. Particularly impressive is the dramatic growth of Kirkland's business law pro bono work in recent years, which has helped nonprofit organizations to educate youth, stimulate economic development, and provide vital social services. During the past year, Kirkland worked on 22 active cases through Lawyers Alliance, including 14 new legal projects. This commitment reflects sophisticated pro bono at its best.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP: For more than 20 years, Stroock has provided high quality service to more than 80 Lawyers Alliance clients on more than 140 matters. During the past year, the firm handled 38 active matters, including 18 new placements. Stroock has embraced multifaceted projects that often require immediate assistance, complex problem solving, or challenging business law issues. As a result, the firm is making an invaluable contribution to pro bono clients and the nonprofit sector.

"The institutional Cornerstone Awards represent Lawyers Alliance for New York's most significant honor and are reserved for exceptional firm-wide business and transactional law pro bono," noted Sean Delany, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

This year's individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Jonathan Hillel Ashtor, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: For his supportive intellectual property assistance to nonprofit organizations working in areas as varied as technology services (NPowerNY), academic support (New Leaders), and arts education (The Arts and Music Alliance.org).

Allan S. Bloom, Paul Hastings LLP: For assisting seven nonprofit organizations with employment-related matters since 2009, while mentoring firm associates interested in pro bono services. After Hurricane Sandy, he helped Lawyers Alliance deliver an employment law webinar and develop informational legal alerts.

Ezra Borut, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP: For decade-long dedication and leadership of a team of Debevoise lawyers representing the Business Center for New Americans, a nonprofit organization working in microenterprise lending and technical assistance for businesses started by recent immigrants.

Davis Polk & Wardwell Legal Team: For providing sophisticated and timely legal advice to an economic development corporation regarding a strategic alliance to better Bronx communities.

Robert W Fagiola, Shearman & Sterling LLP: For providing vital real estate advice within a long-standing pro bono relationship to the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, a cultural institution on the Lower East Side.

Sylvie C. Goursaud, Hogan Lovells US LLP: For supporting five nonprofit organizations with seven matters over the last four years, with a particular dedication to advocacy support and to organizations working with New York City's immigrant population.

Ji Kim, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP: For protecting a nonprofit organization's interests in a public-private partnership, one of many Lawyers Alliance matters he has undertaken since 2005.

Michael A. Lehmann and Jim Walsh, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP: For helping Lawyers Alliance advocate for revisions to New York State's Not-for-Profit Corporations Law.

Lisa A. Levy, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP: For utilizing her tax expertise to guide nonprofit organizations through the process of incorporation and tax exemption, improving educational outcomes for urban youth.

Lauren E. Manton, DLA Piper LLP (US): For providing complex real estate legal advice to supportive housing, Head Start, and healthy aging programs.

"The individual recipients of the 2013 Cornerstone Awards have demonstrated a strong commitment to their nonprofit clients and the neediest New Yorkers served by these essential organizations," said Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

Attorneys from the following 24 firms and corporations provided pro bono legal services after Hurricane Sandy: Alston & Bird LLP; Arent Fox LLP; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Credit Suisse; Dechert LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Goodwin Procter LLP; Kay Scholer LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Lowenstein Sandler LLP; McCarter & English, LLP; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Nixon Peabody LLP; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Paul Hastings LLP; Riemer & Braunstein LLP; Ropes & Gray LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

About Lawyers Alliance: By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,300 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 625 nonprofit clients on more than 1,000 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Supports Nonprofit Revitalization Bill
   
  Suggests Ways to Further Reduce Burdens on Small Nonprofits
   
 

New York , NY , May 14, 2013 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York announced its support of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act and Executive Compensation Act, proposed today by Attorney General Schneiderman, Senators Michael Ranzenhofer and Carl Marcellino, and Assembly members Jim Brennan and Steve Englebright. "This bill will lift antiquated regulatory burdens on the nonprofits that form the backbone of our state's communities," said Lawyers Alliance Executive Director Sean Delany.

The Revitalization Act promises relief to nonprofits in several ways. It promises to speed the process of forming a nonprofit, which will reduce the need to spend scarce charitable resources on navigating red tape. It promises to reduce confusion by creating just two legal types of not-for-profit corporations, instead of the current four types. "These reforms will make New York a more hospitable environment for a sector that produces a significant number of jobs and is a substantial part of the state's economy," observed Mr. Delany.

The Revitalization Act's governance reforms are also largely welcome. According to Mr. Delany, "Too many recent scandals have highlighted the need for reform." However, he warns, that while the bill exempts small nonprofits from some of its more labor-intensive requirements, the bill needs further tailoring to ensure that small nonprofits are not required to invest in governance regimes more appropriate for larger organizations. "The bill's nonprofit governance reforms need further attention to ensure that they do not impose unnecessary new burdens on those in the nonprofit sector who can least afford additional expenses," he continued.

Additionally, in a few places, the bill threatens to favor process over results. For instance, a nonprofit could be subject to a lawsuit by the Attorney General for failing to follow specific procedures in approving executive compensation or a transaction between the organization and a board member, even if the arrangement was favorable to the organization.

Finally, the bill uses nonstandard definitions for terms such as "compensation," so that nonprofits will have to perform one set of calculations to satisfy Internal Revenue Service requirements and another set of calculations to satisfy the New York requirements. "This is a change that threatens to confuse many nonprofit managers, who are already accustomed to complying with the Internal Revenue Code's existing requirements," says Mr. Delany.

About Lawyers Alliance Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods, annually representing more than 600 nonprofit organizations on more than 1,000 legal matters using more than 1,300 volunteers from law firms and corporations. Lawyers Alliance works with nonprofit organizations to develop strong oversight and governance practices and educates the sector on board responsibilities and executive compensation, and we will work to educate nonprofit managers on the new statute once finalized.

Press contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800 x 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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  2013 Business Law & Leadership Gala: Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Vibrant Communities
   
  Neil Radey, Kenneth Adams, and Joi Gordon to be honored for public service leadership
   
 

New York , NY , May 13, 2013 --
On May 15, 2013, more than 450 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors are expected to gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance's Business Law & Leadership Gala. The annual event celebrates the partnership between lawyers and nonprofits and their power to transform New York City communities.

This year's distinguished honorees are:
Neil Radey, Managing Director and General Counsel, Americas, Credit Suisse
Mr. Radey is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the General Counsel division and is General Counsel for the Americas and Asset Management division and co-General Counsel for the Investment Banking division. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. Mr. Radey has been a member of Lawyers Alliance's Board of Directors since 2009 and was elected Treasurer in June 2012. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Credit Suisse attorneys volunteered at Lawyers Alliance neighborhood legal clinics for nonprofit organizations affected by the storm. Credit Suisse hosted the past two Cornerstone Awards, Lawyers Alliance's annual celebration of individuals and institutions that have made extraordinary contributions through pro bono legal services.

Kenneth Adams, President/CEO/Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation
In 2011, Mr. Adams was confirmed by the New York State Legislature as President and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. He works to promote economic practices that attract businesses and create jobs and works to implement Regional Economic Development Councils across the State. Mr. Adams was previously President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State and before that, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Director of the MetroTech Business Improvement District in downtown Brooklyn. He was also the founding Executive Director of the nonprofit New York Cares, New York City's leading volunteer organization.

Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Dress for Success Worldwide
Ms. Gordon joined Dress for Success as the Executive Director of the New York program in 1999 and in 2002 took over leadership of Dress for Success Worldwide, a Lawyers Alliance client since 1996. Dress for Success is a leader in promoting the economic and social development of disadvantaged women. The nonprofit has served over 700,000 women since it was established 16 years ago. Under her leadership, the organization has increased its focus to include employment retention in addition to suiting. Ms. Gordon is a member of the Board of Directors of America's Charities and is a member of the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc., a nonprofit volunteer service organization, as well as the Women's Forum of New York.

Joanna Chung, Bureau Chief, Law at The Wall Street Journal, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. The event will provide an overview of Lawyers Alliance's scope of services for New York nonprofits improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Lawyers Alliance Board Chair John D. Lobrano states, "This year's honorees share a strong commitment to strengthening communities through business and economic development."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php

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Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Our network of pro bono lawyers from law firms and corporations and staff of experienced attorneys collaborate to deliver expert corporate, tax, real estate, employment, intellectual property, and other legal services to community organizations. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Each year, Lawyers Alliance's 13 staff attorneys and more than 1,300 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments serve more than 600 nonprofit clients on more than 1,000 different legal matters. In addition, Lawyers Alliance provides a broad range of educational opportunities for nonprofit Board members and managers, including workshops and webinars, printed publications, legal alerts, and other email and web-based resources.


Press contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800 x 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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  Lawyers Alliance Publishes Advising Nonprofits
   
  Detailed guide identifies and explores solutions for legal issues faced by New York nonprofit staff, board members, and attorneys
   
 

New York , NY , April 16, 2013 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the new edition of its signature publication, Advising Nonprofits. Now in its fifth edition, this 531-page publication provides the most comprehensive road map available for identifying legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff, board members, and the attorneys who advise them.

The nation's oldest and largest provider of pro bono business law services to nonprofit organizations, Lawyers Alliance is offering one of its core publications in electronic form for the first time. "We hope to increase the usefulness of Advising Nonprofits by making it available in both printed and PDF versions," says Lawyers Alliance Executive Director and Advising Co-Editor Sean Delany. "As a resource for New York City's nonprofit and business and transactional pro bono legal communities, we strive to provide effective tools to strengthen the work of the sector."

Advising Nonprofits offers insight into key legal issues relating to corporate governance and structuring, contracts, regulatory compliance, fundraising, personnel management, lobbying and political activity, intellectual property, and revenue-generating activities. This new edition includes many legal and practical developments from the past decade. Extensive Appendices contain model documents and practical checklists and charts, allowing nonprofits and their attorneys to easily and directly apply these concepts to their operations.

Co-Editor and Lawyers Alliance Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Perez says, "This updated publication aims to guide nonprofit leaders and their attorneys through the core principles of nonprofit regulation. It will also help identify areas where more in-depth legal counsel is needed."

Advising Nonprofits is available for purchase as a bound printed copy ($100) and as both an Individual Use ($100) and Site License ($200) PDF download. The electronic versions include linked table of contents, index, and websites. Please visit Lawyers Alliance's website at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php for more information.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York: Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with more than 1,300 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 600 nonprofit clients on more than 1,000 matters.

About the Editors: Lawyers Alliance for New York's Executive Director Sean Delany positions the organization among peer institutions, law firms, community-based organizations, and the general public. He works with the organization's board and staff to carry out all aspects of its operations. He advises nonprofits in the areas of exempt organizations tax law and nonprofit law, and teaches a Business Law Transactions Clinic at New York University School of Law.

Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Perez coordinates the Strengthening Organizational Sustainability program area, which provides technical assistance to nonprofit organizations that form New York City's safety net, and oversees Lawyers Alliance's program work in its Urban Health Initiative. In addition, she advises Lawyers Alliance's full range of nonprofit clients about business and transactional law issues, including lobbying and political activity regulation matters.

Contact: For information about this publication, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Crossan at: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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