Resources for Volunteers
Lawyers Alliance offers resources to volunteers to help with the legal and practical issues that may arise in advising nonprofits. They include:
Co-counseling support: For each matter placed with a volunteer, a Lawyers Alliance staff member serves as co-counsel to answer questions and address other needs related to the pro bono project.
Probono.net: We host the "Community Development and Nonprofit Law" section of Probono.net in New York, which offers free downloadable model documents and memoranda relevant to representing nonprofits. Membership is free at www.probono.net.
Resource Calls: Volunteer attorneys may call our Resource Call Hotline with questions about any legal issue affecting nonprofits at (212) 219-1800 x 224.
Publications: Advising Nonprofits, Bylaws That Work, Getting Organized, Changing the Name of a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation, and our other publications are also useful for attorneys representing nonprofits.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Programs: We offer an annual CLE training on legal issues that help our volunteers work effectively with nonprofits. In addition, our staff members regularly speak on bar association CLE panels addressing nonprofit legal issues.
Exponentum: Exponentum shares best practices, collaborates on educational and legal projects, and promotes the delivery of high quality business and transactional legal services.
Other useful links
ABA Affordable Housing and Community Development Law:
ABA Center for Pro Bono:
Internal Revenue Service:
New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Affairs:
New York State Department of Law, Charities:
Nonprofit Risk Management Center:
Pro Bono Institute