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Lawyers Alliance Announces 2022 Cornerstone Awards

For outstanding pro bono service to nonprofits

New York, NY, November 16, 2022

Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Milbank LLP, will receive 2022 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. A ceremony will be held on November 17 at Paramount.  

The Cornerstone Award winners also include 14 talented individuals selected from more than 2,000 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

“As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Cornerstone Awards, we are pleased to celebrate the spirit of pro bono service together. This year’s amazing honorees, including two exceptional law firms and 14 individuals, along with all of our volunteers, have provided outstanding legal services that strengthen nonprofit programs, operations, and finances,” said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

This year’s Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP:  For Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, commitment to pro bono has been a core value of the firm since its inception, and in recent years it has emphasized leadership in nonprofit law, offering holistic legal advice to pro bono nonprofit clients and drawing knowledge from across the firm. Cleary has partnered with Lawyers Alliance on 59 different pro bono matters for 52 organizations since July 1, 2017, as well as dozens of projects involving attorney externs. Cleary was the first firm to sponsor an extern at Lawyers Alliance. From 1989 through this year, 89 Cleary associates have worked full-time at Lawyers Alliance for four to six month rotations. This has enabled Lawyers Alliance to expand its work, deepened the nonprofit law knowledge at Cleary, and reinforced a public service spirit among firm attorneys and alumni.

Milbank LLP:  Milbank’s strong community service ethic is reflected in its more than 25-year pro bono relationship with Lawyers Alliance. The firm expects all of its attorneys to dedicate a minimum of 25 hours to pro bono work annually. In 2021, Milbank topped 57,000 pro bono hours globally and handled 700 active cases, with more than 95 percent of its U.S. lawyers taking on pro bono matters. As part of this work, Milbank attorneys worked on 50 different legal matters for 39 Lawyers Alliance clients in the past five years, helping organizations to navigate leases, contracts, governance issues, and strategic alliances. This work has a positive impact on nonprofits serving low-income communities throughout and beyond New York City, and pro bono clients have consistently praised Milbank’s attorneys for their assistance.

This year’s Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Amber M. Degn, ABC News / Disney General Entertainment: This in-house counsel is one of Lawyers Alliance’s most reliable volunteers, working with eight nonprofits on waivers, releases, and participation documents.

Ashley E. DeLuca and William Xiong, Ballard Spahr LLP:  This team assisted a community health center with financing and development of a new clinic in Coney Island, Brooklyn, benefitting this neighborhood in need.  

Douglas Dua, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP:  For the last seven years, this dedicated attorney has been assisting nonprofits with complex corporate structuring matters.

 Bruce Goldner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP:  A supporter of Lawyers Alliance for decades, this experienced attorney fosters his firm’s pro bono spirit and helps nonprofits protect their intellectual property.

 Fred R. Green, Herrick, Feinstein LLP:  Because of this attorney’s thoughtful client counseling and governance work, numerous nonprofits have been able to scale up their operations and fulfill their missions.  

 Steven M. Lutt and Julianne Prisco, White & Case LLP:  These expert attorneys have helped multiple nonprofits with their real estate needs, including the acquisition and financing of a building in Brooklyn which will serve as a social service community center for senior citizens. 

 Keith McMurdy, Bloomberg L.P.:  This corporate counsel has provided indispensable labor and employment law and governance advice to a range of nonprofits through Lawyers Alliance clinics and full-scope representations.

 Rex L. Niswander, Morrison & Foerster LLP:  For 12 years, this dedicated attorney has shared crucial immigration knowledge with nonprofits, allowing them to hire and keep instrumental team members.

 Aditya (Dean) Ramanathan, Brown Rudnick LLP:  This dedicated lawyer has shared his intellectual property expertise with five nonprofit clients over the last two years, demonstrating a true understanding of nonprofits’ needs.

 Debra Sapp, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP:  This real estate attorney’s commitment to pro bono work has helped shelters serving vulnerable New Yorkers.

 Kristen A. Truver, Alston & Bird LLP:  This corporate finance attorney helped form a strategic alliance between two nonprofits, a complicated process that included drafting and negotiating terms of the alliance and restructuring both nonprofits’ organizational fabric. 

 Mario Verdolini, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP:  Since 1996, this tax attorney has shared his nonprofit and tax law expertise, which has proven essential to the foundation and growth of countless nonprofits.

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 2,000 volunteer attorneys to represent 700 nonprofit clients.

Contact:  Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800
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Lawyers Alliance Announces Laren E. Spirer as Program and Strategy Director

New York, NY, October 20, 2022

Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce that Laren E. Spirer has joined its staff as Program and Strategy Director. Ms. Spirer is a member of Lawyers Alliance’s management team.   

As Program and Strategy Director, Ms. Spirer has several program and organizational responsibilities, including oversight of Lawyers Alliance’s pro bono legal services program, planning and evaluation, and coordination of Lawyers Alliance’s program innovations and national role as a leader of Exponentum®. She works closely with the staff, Board, and stakeholders to advance Lawyers Alliance’s mission.

She has longstanding ties to the pro bono community, consulting in the pro bono space through InSpirer Consulting, serving as the inaugural Director of Pro Bono Programs at Columbia Law School, where she also co-taught the Externship on Pro Bono and Access to Justice as a Lecturer in Law, and as the Pro Bono Manager at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Prior to that she worked at Pro Bono Net, including on the rollout of Lawyers Alliance’s Community Development and Nonprofit Law section, and was a litigator in private practice in New York City. 

“We are thrilled that Laren has joined Lawyers Alliance in this important senior role. Her strong connections within the pro bono community, longstanding commitment to leveraging technology for the public interest, and depth of experience will strengthen our ability to serve nonprofit clients and pro bono attorneys,” said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance’s Executive Director.

Ms. Spirer graduated from New York University School of Law in 1997 and earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Tufts University in 1992.

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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's Business Law & Leadership Gala: Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Thriving Communities

Beverly O'Toole and Debra-Ellen Glickstein recognized for distinguished leadership

New York, NY, May 23, 2022

On May 24th Lawyers Alliance for New York will hold its annual Business Law & Leadership Gala at Gotham Hall. This Gala is our City’s premier 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.

This year’s Gala theme is Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Thriving Communities. “As New York City moves forward, Lawyers Alliance is providing timely help so nonprofits can better serve and advocate on behalf of individuals and families. We need to ensure that these organizations and communities have the opportunity and framework to thrive,” says Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance’s Executive Director.

The distinguished honorees are:

Beverly O’Toole, Goldman Sachs  

Beverly O’Toole is head of the Corporation Law Group, which focuses on corporate governance and related public company and corporate secretarial matters, reputational risk management and governance, treasury legal matters, including securities filings and disclosure issues, corporate engagement and political law issues. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and was named managing director in 2007. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. O’Toole served as corporate counsel at Revlon, Inc. from 1996 to 2000 and prior to that was a corporate associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP from 1993 to 1996.

Ms. O’Toole is an exceptional leader, with a distinguished legal career in private practice and at major corporations. Goldman Sachs has been a terrific partner to Lawyers Alliance with their Nonprofit Assistance Project, which launched a series of pro bono legal clinics in 2018. As a result, more than 120 volunteers have collectively helped nearly 60 organizations improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers.

Ms. O’Toole is a member of the Policy Advisory Committee and Securities Law Committee as well as a former member of the National Board of The Society for Corporate Governance. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Society's New York Chapter, and previously served a term as president, among other officer roles. She serves on the Advisory Board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and was previously president of the Shareholder Relations Society. Ms. O’Toole has served on the NYSE Proxy Fee Advisory Committee, the NYSE Proxy Working Group, and the NYSE Commission on Corporate Governance.

Debra-Ellen Glickstein, NYC Kids RISE

Debra-Ellen Glickstein currently serves as the Founding Executive Director of NYC Kids RISE, where she is leading the effort to build a first of its kind universal community-driven wealth building platform for New York City. Earlier this month, nearly every kindergartner in New York City public schools received their NYC Scholarship Account for the first time. Over the past five years, Lawyers Alliance has provided a range of legal assistance, including contract negotiations, program and sponsorship agreements, and governance matters, to support NYC Kids RISE and improve educational and asset building opportunities for New York City’s youth.

Ms. Glickstein has spent more than twenty years spearheading public-private partnerships to advance community wealth building and economic justice rooted in neighborhoods. Previously, Ms. Glickstein served as the Executive Director of NYC’s Office of Financial Empowerment, the first municipal office in the country focused on creating innovative financial products, programs, and services to enable asset building and wealth creation for low-income New Yorkers and communities. She has also served as the Vice President of Strategy & Program Development at the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she led efforts to create and implement NYCHA’s neighborhood and partnership-based resident services strategy. Ms. Glickstein is a co-founder and served as the founding Executive Director of Urban Upbound, and is also a co-founder of the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union – a community-owned financial institution. She first consulted Lawyers Alliance in 2004 to incorporate and secure tax-exemption for Urban Upbound.

Named a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” in New York City government and politics by City & State, Ms. Glickstein is a proud City Year alumnus and recipient of the Comcast Alumni Leadership Award – City’s Year highest alumni honor. She is a Sterling Network Fellow, a Common Future Local Economy Fellow, and the recipient of other honors including the United Way of New York City Power Woman Awardee and Outstanding Community Service Award to Queensbridge Houses. She earned a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University, an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business, and M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Warren J. Karp states, “We are grateful that we can again gather in person with our volunteer lawyers, clients, and supporters at the 2022 Business Law & Leadership Gala to recognize and celebrate Beverly and Debra-Ellen’s dedication, leadership, and impact on New York City.”

For additional details, visit https://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 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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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 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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