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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-219-1800
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