Lawyers Alliance Announces 2023 Cornerstone Awards
For outstanding pro bono service to nonprofits
New York, NY, November 1, 2023
Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that American Express General Counsel’s Organization, Crowell & Moring LLP, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP will receive 2023 Institutional Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize superior legal services to nonprofits that are improving the quality of life throughout low-income neighborhoods. The awards ceremony will be November 2 at Paramount Global.
The Cornerstone Award winners also include 13 talented individuals selected from more than 2,200 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.
“This year’s Cornerstone Awardees have provided high caliber legal counsel combined with enthusiasm for the nonprofit clients’ missions. The result is stronger nonprofit programs, operations, and finances, enabling these organizations to have a more positive and far-reaching impact on the lives of people of all ages. We thank these honorees along with all of our volunteers for the dedication and service,” said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.
This year’s Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:
American Express General Counsel’s Organization: Celebrating an 18-year partnership, Lawyers Alliance proudly acknowledges the remarkable dedication of the in-house legal team at American Express General Counsel’s Organization. American Express has handled more than 70 pro bono cases during the course of this relationship, ranging from assisting in limited scope legal clinics to handling more complex full representation matters. American Express efforts have spanned Lawyers Alliance’s client base, including organizations focused on education, health, economic development, social services, and human rights advocacy.
Crowell & Moring LLP: Since 2007, Crowell & Moring has been an indispensable Lawyers Alliance partner. Crowell’s allegiance to pro bono and public service is a core value of the firm, shining through in the consistent praise for Crowell’s work. Crowell attorneys have made significant impact by reviewing contracts, revising key corporate governance documents, and navigating employment challenges for Lawyers Alliance clients. During the past five years, 88 Crowell pro bono attorneys represented 73 organizations through Lawyers Alliance.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP: Attorneys from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP have provided vital pro bono services, leadership, and financial support of Lawyers Alliance for five decades, dating back to our beginnings as the Council of New York Law Associates. Since Debevoise’s founding in 1931, it has maintained a steadfast dedication to pro bono work and Lawyers Alliance is thrilled to be a longtime partner of the firm. During the past five years, through Lawyers Alliance, at least 100 Debevoise attorneys have handled 45 substantial legal matters for nonprofits.
This year’s Individual Cornerstone awardees are:
Yen-Yi Anderson, Anderson and Associates Law, P.C.: During the past year, this immigration attorney and her team shared their skills on nine legal projects, helping nonprofits enhance their workforces.
Alvin Benjamin Carter III, Brown Rudnick LLP: This attorney utilized his vast expertise in corporate law, intellectual property, and music to assist a nonprofit organization serving mostly Latino youth and families in the South Bronx with a jazz album and a documentary film.
Daniel Chor, Latham & Watkins LLP: This finance attorney tackled complex agreements for nonprofits working to improve the environment, end de facto segregation in public schools, and provide business services to immigrants.
Andrew Dalin, Dentons US LLP: This expert and practical volunteer helped nonprofits navigate complex employee benefit issues, one of the most needed areas of legal assistance to nonprofits.
Saren Goldner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP: This longtime volunteer mentors colleagues on pro bono projects while providing outstanding tax law support.
Elias Gurewitsch, Linklaters LLP: This investment funds attorney provided legal guidance to multiple nonprofits, relating to a merger, governance, and template agreement, to strengthen the organizations’ operations and plans.
Jerome L. Levine, Loeb & Loeb LLP: This expert trusts and estates attorney helped nonprofits access important charitable bequests, providing needed funds for programming.
Anita L. Pelletier, Nixon Peabody LLP: During a nearly 20 year tenure as a Lawyers Alliance volunteer, this trusted nonprofit advisor has provided expert guidance on legal requirements and best practices concerning governance and operations.
John Racanelli, Farrell Fritz, P.C.: This expert real estate counsel helped nonprofits with complex commercial lease transactions, including a new building for a charter school in Washington Heights.
Daniel S. Shamah, O’Melveny & Myers LLP: This law firm leader improved the governance and operations of community-oriented nonprofits with local, multistate, and national programs.
Jay B. Straus, Bloomberg L.P.: This dedicated in-house attorney worked with more than a dozen nonprofits through pro bono legal clinics while encouraging additional colleagues to engage in pro bono work.
Yael R. Tzipori, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP: This responsive financial services attorney guided a human rights organization through a complex strategic combination.
Jennifer Yamin, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati: During the past two years, this corporate and securities attorney has helped eight nonprofits, including many workforce development and community arts groups, with governance matters.
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 2,200 volunteer attorneys to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients.
Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, [email protected] or 212-219-1800
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