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Lawyers Alliance Announces 2021 Cornerstone Awards

For outstanding pro bono services to nonprofits

New York, NY, December 2, 2021

Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Sidley Austin LLP, will receive 2021 Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize superior legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. 

The Cornerstone Award winners also include 13 outstanding individuals selected from more than 2,100 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

“These volunteers have been extremely responsive and supportive, providing their time, energy, and talents to nonprofits during challenging times. Pro bono legal services by business and transactional lawyers are critical to the success of nonprofits that are working to rebuild neighborhoods, improve equity, and serve people of all ages across New York City,” said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

This year’s Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

 Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP:  Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, a firm with a longstanding commitment to pro bono legal services, has partnered closely with Lawyers Alliance for more than 30 years, serving nonprofit clients with the determination and legal excellence that define the firm’s broader culture. Davis Polk received one of the first Cornerstone Awards in 1997, and is the rare recipient of a second Institutional Cornerstone because of the continued breadth of its corporate law and transactional pro bono work, especially as nonprofits have needed timely legal help during the pandemic.

Sidley Austin LLP:  Sidley Austin LLP cultivates a strong commitment to pro bono service and devoted more than 169,000 hours total in 2020. For more than three decades, Sidley has partnered with Lawyers Alliance and handled a wide range of timely and complicated legal projects. During this time, Sidley attorneys have taken on increasingly complex matters, and amplified the firm’s positive impact on nonprofits serving low-income New Yorkers. As Sidley’s national presence has grown, so too has its commitment to Lawyers Alliance and high-quality pro bono work by business and transactional lawyers.

This year’s Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Prem Amarnani, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP:  His commitment to pro bono legal work enables nonprofits to focus on their missions while ensuring statutory compliance.  

Alnisa Bell, Seyfarth Shaw LLP:  We recognize this dedicated partner for guiding nonprofits through delicate employment issues.

Minnie Bellomo, Greenberg Traurig, LLP: She has used her real estate law expertise to guide a multi-service organization on complex transactions so it can better assist low-income seniors.

Peter S. Borock, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP:  This determined lawyer has helped nonprofits understand real estate legal issues and provide housing to New Yorkers in need.

Alexander J. Callen, Goodwin Procter LLP:  This financial regulatory lawyer has provided valuable pro bono legal services to nonprofits improving the financial well-being in low-income communities.

Preetha Chakrabarti, Crowell & Moring LLP:  We salute this dedicated lawyer for protecting nonprofits’ valuable intellectual property assets.

Gregory M. Davis, Morgan Stanley:  We thank this experienced employment lawyer for deftly fielding many pandemic-related legal issues for nonprofits.

Christina De Vuono and Kaitlin Descovich, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP:  Their teamwork has guided nonprofits in adopting corporate governance best practices.

Anna M. Pomykala, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP:  Nonprofits are stronger because this client-focused attorney helped them to address employee benefit and other business law questions.

Rich Reilly, DLA Piper LLP (US):  This talented partner repeatedly has lent his transactional expertise to nonprofits navigating community partnership and funding issues.

Ashley B. Rowe, MetLife:   We are grateful to this in-house corporate and insurance attorney for sharing her legal and practical insights with nonprofits bettering the lives of New Yorkers.

Kyle Zhu, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP:  This thoughtful and diligent attorney provides a stable presence to a chamber of commerce foundation as their legal needs evolved.

For additional details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/volunteer-recognition.

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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. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages. During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 2,100 volunteer attorneys to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients.

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

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Moving Comunities Forward: Lawyers Alliance's 2021 Business Law & Leadership Gala

Craig Katerberg, Darilyn T. Olidge, and Roderick Jones, Ed.D recognized for community service leadership

New York, NY, June 1, 2021

On May 26th Lawyers Alliance for New York held its annual Business Law & Leadership Gala online. This Gala is the premier annual event for business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in low-income communities and raised more than $500,000.

This year’s Gala theme was Moving Communities Forward. “Nonprofit organizations are at the forefront of New York’s reemergence.  They are working hard to return our City’s neighborhoods to their full potential. But they will need legal help. We are grateful to our honorees and donors for supporting the Gala and Lawyers Alliance’s efforts to make such assistance possible,” says Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance’s Executive Director.

The distinguished honorees were:

Craig Katerberg, Budweiser APAC

Craig Katerberg is the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer for Budweiser APAC, a $42B USD publicly-listed brewer focused on sustainable growth in Asia and one of the largest companies on the Hong Kong stock market. Since 2012 he has served in legal, finance, and senior leadership positions within the AB InBev family of companies in different countries around the globe, including as General Counsel of Anheuser-Busch. He has consummated over $130B of complex transactions in the beverage sector, working on negotiating and integrating some of the largest global M&A transactions in the beverage sector, including for businesses in Australia, China, India, Korea, and the United States. Prior to his career in beer, Mr. Katerberg worked in public and private practice, where he served the City of New York under Mayor Bloomberg and at law firms in New York, Brazil, and Peru.

Mr. Katerberg was a standout Lawyers Alliance volunteer while an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He won a Cornerstone Award in 2011 for his exceptional pro bono work with local nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children, social entrepreneurs, and immigrants, and remains in contact with many of these nonprofit clients.  

Darilyn T. Olidge, Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC

Darilyn T. Olidge is the Partner, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm that provides debt and equity capital solutions to companies located throughout the United States. Ms. Olidge also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.  Prior to joining Brightwood, Ms. Olidge was a Managing Director in the General Counsel Division of Credit Suisse serving as lead counsel to its Prime Services Division.  Ms. Olidge joined Credit Suisse from Morgan Stanley where she advised on matters in its institutional equities businesses.  After obtaining her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, Ms. Olidge clerked for the late Hon. Constance Baker Motley, United States District Court, S.D.N.Y. and worked as a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP. She began her career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen after earning her B.B.A. degree from Loyola University of New Orleans.

Throughout her professional career, Ms. Olidge has been engaged in numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving as a trustee of New York University School of Law, a board member of the LGBTQ Center of New York, and, most recently, being elected to the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools.

Roderick Jones, Ed.D, Goddard Riverside

Roderick Jones, Ed.D has been the Executive Director of Goddard Riverside since February 2017. Previously, he spent nine years as President and CEO of Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis, Missouri, putting the organization on sound financial footing while increasing measured impacts. Before his time in St. Louis, he served as President and CEO of the Community Place of Greater Rochester (NY). Dr. Jones was named Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Regional Chamber of Commerce and The St. Louis American.

A multi-service nonprofit organization, Goddard Riverside first became a Lawyers Alliance client in 1983, and has been receiving pro bono legal assistance from Lawyers Alliance consistently since 2002. Goddard, and its affiliate the Stanley M. Isaacs Center, serves more than 26,000 people a year on the Upper West Side and throughout New York City with a variety of programs for all ages. Its roots date back to the settlement house movement of the late 1800s, and Goddard’s programs continue to support families at every stage of life. The organization works within a social justice framework to create a fair and just society where all people have the opportunity to make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families.

Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Peter M. Labonski states, “As we reflect on the circumstances of the past 14 months and look forward, it is important to pause and recognize those whose dedication and leadership is enabling positive change. Craig, Darilyn, and Rod are working tirelessly for their local and global communities and for that we applaud their efforts and their results.” 

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

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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. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages. During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 2,000 volunteer attorneys to represent 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,350 matters.

Contact:  Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800
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Lawyers Alliance Announces 2020 Cornerstone Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service to Nonprofits

New York, NY,  December 1, 2020

Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms – Lowenstein Sandler LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP – will receive 2020 Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize superior pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. 

The Cornerstone Award winners also include 10 outstanding individuals selected from more than 2,000 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

“In a year like no other, Lawyers Alliance is more determined than ever to honor and highlight our dedicated volunteers. These attorneys have proven time and time again that pro bono legal services are critical to the survival and success of nonprofits doing amazing work,” said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

This year’s Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Lowenstein Sandler LLP:  The firm has worked with Lawyers Alliance for more than 15 years, deftly handling a wide range of timely and complex legal projects on behalf of Lawyers Alliance’s nonprofit clients. This includes 44 different pro bono matters for 40 organizations since July 2015, with 20 new matters since July 1, 2019.  Thanks to the volunteers’ skill and dedication, nonprofits are better able to navigate corporate, intellectual property, employment, real estate, and other legal issues that are critical to their programs, financial stability, and operations. 

Morrison & Foerster LLP:  The breadth, depth, and impact of pro bono work performed by Morrison & Foerster attorneys have greatly benefitted Lawyers Alliance’s nonprofit clients for more than 20 years. This includes 47 different legal projects for more than 35 organizations since July 2015, with 14 new matters since July 1, 2019.  This work comprises a wide range of corporate, intellectual property, employment, and restructuring projects that are enabling nonprofits to survive and thrive.

This year’s Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Sloane Ackerman, O’Melveny & Myers LLP:  For providing critical employment law advice since 2013 to 11 nonprofits improving the lives of low-income New Yorkers.

Jena Grady, Nixon Peabody LLP:  For making complex healthcare rules clearer for nonprofit providers, including nine cases in three years.

Evan Hill, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP:  For skillfully assisting nine nonprofits navigating formation, structuring, and corporate governance issues.

Lawrence S. Lustberg, Gibbons P.C.:  For successfully representing Lawyers Alliance in its federal constitutional challenge to New York State’s donor disclosure law. 

Jessica Lutrin, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP:  For providing much-needed employment law advice, including employee handbooks and employment contracts, to seven nonprofits since 2012.

Lawrence Miller, BNY Mellon: For helping community arts and urban health organizations understand and protect valuable intellectual property rights integral to their curricula and services. 

Helen Respass, Thomson Reuters: For promoting pro bono for in-house lawyers and offering customized guidance to multiple nonprofits through pro bono legal clinics.

Karol S. Robinson, Anderson Kill: For sharing her transactional and counseling skills with Lawyers Alliance clients since 2003 on governance, fiscal sponsorship, and lease review projects. 

Kenny S. Terrero, Sidley Austin LLP:  For utilizing his corporate legal expertise during nearly a decade of service to urban health and other nonprofits with formation, governance, and contract projects.

Barak Wrobel, Holland & Knight LLP:  For substantial land use and zoning law work, which is helping a nonprofit organization to expand its portfolio of housing facilities for homeless LGBTQ young adults.

For additional details, visit https://lawyersalliance.org/volunteer-recognition.

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Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps organizations to provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages.

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Contact: Emily Crossan, Marketing and Communications Director, (212) 219-1800, ext. 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Hedwig O'Hara as Legal Director

New York, NY, April 1, 2020

Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to name Hedwig O’Hara as Legal Director, effective April 1st.  

As Legal Director, Ms. O’Hara oversees Lawyers Alliance’s legal representation, educational, and client outreach services for nonprofits, and manages in-house staff attorneys. Lawyers Alliance’s staff works with more than 2,000 volunteer attorneys to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients a year on business law and transactional matters.  

Ms. O’Hara is well known to Lawyers Alliance’s nonprofit and legal constituencies, having served for many years as a Senior Staff Attorney spearheading legal and educational services to organizations engaged in affordable housing development, neighborhood revitalization, supportive housing, and services to the homeless.  She brings considerable legal expertise related to complex real estate, financing, contracts and tax exempt organizations and built Lawyers Alliance’s Housing and Shelter program priority area to a particularly active area today.

“Hedy has dedicated much of her career to providing vital legal services that strengthen the nonprofit sector, and we are thrilled that she is taking this role that is central to the direction and success of Lawyers Alliance’s legal program. In these uncertain times, her leadership, dedication, and teamwork approach will help nonprofits preserve and strengthen their programs and operations as they navigate the rapidly changing landscape,” said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance’s Executive Director.

Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance in 2002, Ms. O'Hara was an attorney with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; Battle Fowler LLP; and Brown & Wood LLP. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1991 and B.A. cum laude from City University of New York at Hunter College.

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Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps organizations to develop and provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages.

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Contact: Emily Crossan, Marketing and Communications Director, (212) 219-1800, ext. 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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Exponentum®

2020 National Day of Service: Pro Bono Legal Help for Nonprofits Serving Elderly & Families

New York, NY, January 30, 2020

Exponentum®, a national network of business law pro bono providers, successfully completed a National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to provide free legal consultations to nonprofit organizations serving the elderly, families, and other vulnerable populations. Exponentum members serving six geographical locations around the country partnered with Holland & Knight LLP and Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) in five of the cities and Co.act Detroit in Michigan, to provide nonprofits with timely guidance.

On January 22 and 23, 2020, Exponentum members, along with pro bono attorneys and other corporate volunteers, helped community-based and other resource-constrained organizations improve their financial reporting and management practices to ensure legal compliance and promote best practices.  Nonprofit staff and board members received an educational training about legal issues related to proper fiscal transparency, board oversight, and regulatory compliance, and then received a customized assessment of their current financial reporting procedures and other legal needs.

In the cities where the National Day of Service took place, representatives from 59 nonprofit organizations received advice from more than 150 attorneys and other legal volunteers who collectively donated more than 220 hours of pro bono service over the two day project.

Exponentum’s National Day of Service marks the third collaboration of its kind, to coordinate and offer pro bono legal assistance to nonprofits in different locations in the same week. Pro bono providers that participated in this project are Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. of Tampa Bay, Florida; the Community Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights; the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center; the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco; Lawyers Alliance for New York; and Michigan Community Resources.

The list of law firms, corporate legal departments, and other institutions that participated in the events is available at www.exponentum.org.

“Exponentum is proud to lead pro bono projects that pair talented business and transactional lawyers with dynamic nonprofit organizations who are serving our most vulnerable citizens across the country.  Robust financial management practices enable nonprofits to focus on the important business of strengthening communities.  We are grateful to our volunteer attorneys who donated their time and expertise to help nonprofit managers assess and address their practices,” said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance, one of the main organizers of the National Day of Service.

Representatives from the participating nonprofit organizations benefited greatly from the consultations.

“Partnerships and friendships are the cementing factors that bring everyone in a community together. For these many reasons, I am deeply grateful, and thankful, for the lawyers, not only who assisted with my questions for [our nonprofit organization], but for all the lawyers who volunteered their time and expertise for the greater good of society as a whole,” said one operations manager of a New York City nonprofit that serves low-income elderly in Brooklyn.

“The one-on-one with our team and the attorneys was invaluable,” said an executive director of a Tampa-based nonprofit.

Exponentum® is a national network of business law pro bono providers dedicated to improving the quality of life in low-income and disadvantaged communities by expanding the availability and quality of pro bono business legal services for nonprofits that serve those communities. Exponentum partners with law firms and corporations to implement national responses to challenges faced by the nonprofit sector by delivering expert legal assistance and educational programs to nonprofits. Members serve geographic regions throughout the United States, including major metropolitan and surrounding areas in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C., and Washington State. Members share a goal of making nonprofits more effective in serving their communities.

Contact: Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800, ext. 231, eguggenheimer@lawyersalliance.org

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Lawyers Alliance and Nonprofit New York Successfully Protect Nonprofits from Unnecessary Regulation

New York, NY, October 1, 2019

A federal court has struck down an unconstitutional law, finding that a “substantial number” of its applications “are likely to result in interference with the rights to freely associate and speak.”  The law would have required a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to publicly disclose its donors if it makes a financial or in-kind contribution to certain other nonprofits that engage in a significant amount of lobbying in New York.  While the government claimed the law was intended to shed light on campaign financing, the law would have required donor disclosure even if no campaign financing or lobbying was involved.  For instance, it could require donor disclosure by Lawyers Alliance for New York and other technical assistance providers that provide free or reduced-fee legal assistance to nonprofits.  It could affect a wide swath of the members of Nonprofit New York, who rely on donations from the public to fund the charitable services they provide. 

“This is an important win for the nonprofit sector,” said Sharon Stapel, President & Executive Director of Nonprofit New York. “We want nonprofits to be transparent, and accountable, as existing lobbying laws require. This law would have created unnecessary burdens on nonprofits who are already stretched to the limit doing critical work throughout New York.”

“This ruling allows nonprofits to focus on serving their communities,” said Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York“As the court recognized, there is simply no reason to require public disclosure of donors by nonprofits that provide technical assistance or make grants to other nonprofits, where the assistance is not aimed at supporting a particular lobbying campaign or political activity.” 

The ruling, issued by Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, came in lawsuits filed in 2017 by Lawyers Alliance and Nonprofit New York (then called Nonprofit Coordinating Committee), Citizens Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union (while three separate cases were filed, they were joined administratively by the federal court).  All of the parties joined in the successful challenge to NY Executive Law 172-e, concerning disclosure of donors by 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  Judge Cote also struck down section Executive Law 172-f, which required donor disclosure by certain 501(c)(4)  nonprofits.  Lawyers Alliance and Nonprofit New York did not join in the challenge to that provision. 

Lawyers Alliance and Nonprofit New York are represented by Lawrence S. Lustberg of Gibbons P.C.  The State defendants have not yet indicated whether they will appeal.

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Nonprofit New York exists to strengthen and unite New York’s nonprofits. We’re building a thriving community of extraordinary nonprofits — a relentless, collective force for good. With nearly 1600 member organizations, we’ve been building a powerful nonprofit community in New York for 35 years, driven by the belief that when one nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger. Nonprofit New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization based in Manhattan. Visit www.nonprofitnewyork.org for more information.

Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps organizations to develop and provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages. Visit www.lawyersalliance.org for more information.

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Press contacts:
Nonprofit New York: Kelly McLain, (646) 893-2881, kmclain@nonprofitnewyork
Lawyers Alliance for New York: Emily Crossan, (212) 219-1800, ext. 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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Bloomberg Law to Offer Complimentary Platform Access to Lawyers Alliance for New York

Bloomberg Law to be Utilized to Offer Legal Assistance to Nonprofits Across New York City

Arglington, VA, December 17, 2018

Bloomberg Law and Lawyers Alliance for New York today announced an agreement that provides Lawyers Alliance complimentary access to Bloomberg Law - an integrated online solution that incorporates practice tools, legal research, and legal intelligence. Lawyers Alliance, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods, will utilize Bloomberg Law to support its mission of helping nonprofits overcome the legal challenges they face when pursuing their missions.

"Bloomberg Law allows our staff to improve quality assistance to nonprofits in a way that saves time and money in our daily work," said Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director. "We applaud Bloomberg Law for supporting our pro bono efforts to provide legal assistance that strengthen the programs, finances, and operations of New York City nonprofits."

"We're gratified to be able to support the efforts of pro bono organizations like Lawyers Alliance," said Joe Breda, President, Bloomberg Law. "The broad array of tools and resources on Bloomberg Law delivers Lawyers Alliance a unique solution to meet the wide-ranging legal research and legal intelligence needs of their clients. We applaud the great work that Lawyers Alliance has done throughout the city over the past five decades and look forward to working collaboratively with its staff to maximize the value it gets from Bloomberg Law."

This agreement extends Bloomberg Law's commitment to supporting the needs of the pro bono legal community. Bloomberg Law has entered into similar agreements with D.C. Legal Aid and the D.C. Affordable Law Firm. For more information on Bloomberg Law, visit https://www.bna.com/bloomberglaw.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York
Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises 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 and provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages. Staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with more than 1,900 volunteer attorneys to represent approximately 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters each year and assists hundreds more through educational programs. For more information visit http://www.lawyersalliance.org/.

About Bloomberg Law Bloomberg Law helps legal professionals provide world-class counsel with access to actionable legal intelligence in a business context. Bloomberg Law delivers a unique combination of practical guidance, comprehensive primary and secondary source material, trusted content from Bloomberg BNA, news, time-saving practice tools, market data and business intelligence. For more information, visit www.bna.com/bloomberglaw.

Contacts:
Bloomberg Law, David Peikin, (703) 341-5900, dpeikin@bloomberglaw.com

Lawyers Alliance for New York, Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, (212) 219-1800 ext. 231, eguggenheimer@lawyersalliance.org

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National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers Rebrands as Exponentum

A key stakeholder in the business law pro bono community

New York, NY, June 20, 2018

The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers, a collaboration of business and transactional pro bono providers from across the United States, has officially rebranded as ExponentumSM, as it increases its presence and visibility as a key stakeholder in the business law pro bono community.

Exponentum is dedicated to improving the quality of life in low-income and disadvantaged communities by expanding the availability and quality of pro bono business legal services for nonprofits that serve those communities. Exponentum partners with law firms and corporations to implement national responses to challenges faced by the nonprofit sector by delivering expert legal assistance and educational programs to nonprofits.

"Our members believe that our collaboration deserves a name that strengthens our collective identity and that positions us for a bright future in the business law pro bono community," said Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York.

Earlier this year, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, eight Exponentum members organized a series of legal clinics on nonprofit governance. Members paired over 100 volunteer attorneys with 60 nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving the homeless and other vulnerable populations. Volunteer attorneys provided each organization with a broad assessment of their governance practices, ranging from board management to fiscal controls.

The Network regularly offers national and local educational workshops and other programs on legal topics relevant to the nonprofit sector. For example, Exponentum recently partnered with Jackson Lewis, P.C. to provide webinars for nonprofit executives on immigration enforcement in the workplace and strategies to avoid and address sexual harassment. The Network organized a Strategic Legal Thinking Seminar on June 20th, focusing on advocacy, lobbying, and political activity, which was co-sponsored by Pfizer Inc, DLA Piper LLP (US), and Exponentum.

"By collectively leveraging the resources and talents of our members, nonprofit clients, and volunteers, Exponentum magnifies the impact of business law pro bono exponentially," said Ms. Guggenheimer.

ExponentumSM is a collaboration of pro bono providers that serve geographic regions throughout the United States, including major metropolitan and surrounding areas in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C., and Washington State. Current Exponentum members are Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., D.C Bar Pro Bono Center, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Lawyers Clearinghouse, Michigan Community Resources, Philadelphia VIP, Pro Bono Partnership, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Public Counsel, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Texas C-Bar, The Justice and Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco, The Community Law Project of Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Wayfind.

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The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers

National Day of Service: Pro Bono Legal Help for Nonprofits Serving Vulnerable Populations

New York, NY, February 01, 2018

Today the National Day of Service of the National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (National Network) announced the successful completion of its first ever National Day of Service. The National Network, a collaboration of pro bono providers that serve different geographic regions throughout the United States, came together in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to provide free legal consultations to nonprofit organizations serving the homeless and other vulnerable populations around the country.

Between January 17 and 24, 2018, eight legal services providers with expertise in business and transactional services for nonprofit organizations each held a National Day of Service. Leveraging the legal talents of pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporations, National Network members helped community-based and other resource-constrained organizations improve their corporate governance practices to ensure legal compliance and promote best practices. Nonprofit staff and board members learned about timely legal issues related to proper organizational documents, the board of directors in action, fiscal transparency, and regulatory compliance. Each nonprofit organization received a customized assessment of its current governance structure and legal needs.

In the eight cities where the National Day of Service took place, representatives from close to 60 nonprofit organizations received advice from more than 100 attorneys and other legal volunteers who collectively donated more than 300 hours of pro bono service. The participating organizations are working hard year-round to better the lives of the homeless and other vulnerable populations. Through the National Day of Service, they could focus on foundational legal issues that are important for carrying out their charitable missions in local neighborhoods, while benefitting from educational and assessment tools developed by National Network experts.

The National Network's National Day of Service marks the first collaboration of business law pro bono providers to coordinate and offer governance consultations in different locations during the same week. The Network members that participated in this project are the Community Law Project of Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Michigan Community Resources, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Public Counsel, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and Wayfind.

Several law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal volunteers participated in the events, including Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Credit Suisse, Detroit Land Bank, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, MetLife, the Michigan Bar Association Real Property Section Members, NY Life Insurance Co., Paul Hastings, LLP, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Thomson Reuters, and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

"The National Network is thrilled to coordinate and leverage its resources to provide dedicated nonprofit managers with better tools and information to improve their operations. With strong governance practices in place, nonprofit organizations are better able, legally and practically, to pursue their charitable goals and mission," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, one of the main organizers of the National Day of Service.

Representatives from the participating nonprofit organizations benefited greatly from the consultations.

One client in San Diego remarked, "The legal clinic provided an opportunity to get legal advice for our organization that we would not have otherwise been able to afford. The lawyer was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided actionable next steps."

Clients in New York expressed similar sentiments: "It was a wonderful experience and it gave us an opportunity to review our governance policies and procedures." "It allowed for an opportunity to proactively focus on governance issues in a supportive environment."

The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers is dedicated to improving the quality of life in low-income and disadvantaged communities by expanding the availability and quality of pro bono business legal services for nonprofits that serve those communities. The Network partners with law firms and corporations to implement national responses to challenges faced by the nonprofit sector by delivering expert legal assistance and educational programs to nonprofits. Network members serve geographic regions throughout the United States, including major metropolitan and surrounding areas in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C., and Washington State. Members share a goal of making nonprofits more effective in serving their communities.

Contact: Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800, ext. 231, eguggenheimer@lawyersalliance.org

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