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40th Anniversary

Just as the 1960s were drawing to a close, the Council of New York Law Associates, later known as Lawyers Alliance for New York, was opening a new chapter in pro bono legal service. Founded on September 29, 1969, the organization leveraged the era's climate of social activism and change and mobilized a talented, dedicated corps of volunteer attorneys. Today, Lawyers Alliance is the oldest and largest provider of pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations in the United States. This year we celebrate 40 years of achievement and reaffirm Lawyers Alliance's our commitment to the future of the nonprofit sector and the future of New York City.

Preamble, By-laws of The Council of New York Law Associates
Timeline
What Distinguishes Lawyers Alliance?
Clients Spanning More Than Ten Years
Volunteer Institutions From Past Ten Years
40th Anniversary Celebration

Preamble, By-laws of The Council of New York Law Associates

"The Council of New York Law Associates was organized in the autumn of 1969 by a group of young lawyers working in several Wall Street and Midtown law firms, who had become convinced that they and their colleagues were inadequately integrated into their profession, had no regular access to any reliable source of information concerning opportunities for relevant public service work, and had no convenient structure of their own through which to meet fellow lawyers who shared similar public service interests. The Council was established as a neutral, non-partisan institution to service all these various needs ..."

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Timeline
1969 - 1979: cultivating voluntarism and activism
Recruited more than 500 law firm associates in the first year alone
Spearheaded efforts to mobilize attorneys, share information, and create new public interest law organizations to assist individuals and nonprofit organizations with pressing legal needs
Volunteers served as trained, neutral observers of political demonstrations and helped organize 2,000 lawyers to march in Washington, D.C.
Volunteers drafted legislation for elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels

1979 - 1989: strengthening communities
Created the Community Development Legal Assistance Center to advise nonprofit housing groups and other community-based organizations
Launched the Nonprofit Law Program to provide legal education and training and to advocate for the nonprofit sector in the public policy arena

1989 - 1999: reaching new horizons
Renamed Lawyers Alliance for New York and reaffirmed the mission of uniting lawyers to effect positive change in New York City, recruited law firm partners and corporate counsel as board leaders
Recognized members of the legal community whose pro bono service had a far-reaching impact with the inaugural Cornerstone Awards
Launched program priorities that focus on child care, economic development, workforce development, and public schools improvement, in addition to continuing work in affordable housing

1999 - 2009: achieving advances and unprecedented growth
Invigorated new and expanded program priorities, resolving to support the work of more nonprofit organizations to create affordable housing, stimulate economic development, and serve children and young people, the elderly, and new immigrant communities
Delivered business and transactional legal services to more than 1300 nonprofit clients on more than 3000 legal matters
Experienced unprecedented growth in volunteer network, with more than 1,000 pro bono attorneys assisting nonprofit clients in 2008
Renewed commitment to core mission with a new brand identity and website
Created the Community Development and Nonprofit Law section of Probono.net to support the legal community on issues critical to representing the nonprofit sector
Led Disaster Relief Initiative in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to assist nonprofits both affected by the disaster and responding to it
Completed a five-year, $10 million Anniversary Campaign to help sustain and expand services to community-based nonprofit organizations

2009: Shaping the Future
Launched Program Preservation Initiative to help nonprofits cope with the economic downturn at a time of increased demand for their services
Embracing a new era of activism and service guided by founding principles and inspired by the dynamic landscape of New York nonprofits

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What Distinguishes Lawyers Alliance?
Our focus is strengthening the nonprofit sector.
We provide high-quality business and transactional law services to nonprofits.
We operate a staff-supported pro bono program, with volunteers from law firms and corporations.
Our pro bono model includes four key features: client outreach, client screening, attorney support and attorney recognition.
We offer educational programs on nonprofit legal issues.
This work has a positive impact on New York City's low-income communities.
Lawyers Alliance is an established leader, both for nonprofit law and for business law pro bono.
Clients, volunteers, and funders are a key part of Lawyers Alliance success.

With your help, we are proudly connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities!

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Clients Spanning More Than Ten Years
Abyssinian Development Corporation • African American Planning Commission • AIDS Service Center NYC • Alianza Dominicana • Arab American Family Support Center • Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS • Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development • Audubon Partnership for Economic Development LDC • Bethex Federal Credit Union • Black Agency Executives • Bowery Residents' Committee • Bronx AIDS Services • Brooklyn Community Housing and Services • Brooklyn Neighborhood Improvement Association • Cab Watch • CAMBA • Center for Family Resources • Child Care, Inc. • Citizens Advice Bureau • City Futures • Civic Association Serving Harlem • Claremont Neighborhood Centers • Coalition for Asian American Children & Families • Community Access • Community League of the Heights • Community Mediation Services • Community Voices Heard • Corporation for Supportive Housing • Council for Unity • Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City • Counseling Service EDNY • D.E.B.R.A. of America • Downtown Community Television Center • Dress for Success Worldwide • East Harlem Block Schools • East Harlem School at Exodus House • East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation • Ecumenical Community Development Organization • Fifth Avenue Committee • Figure Skating in Harlem • FoodChange • Fort Greene Senior Citizens Council • Ft. George Community Enrichment Center • Fund for the City of New York • Goddard Riverside Community Center • Grand Street Settlement • Greater Jamaica Development Corporation • Greater New York Al-Anon Family Intergroup • Habitat for Humanity New York City • Hamilton Grange Day Care Center • Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement • Harlem Dowling Westside Center For Children and Family Services • Harlem RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) • Health Jam • Housing Conservation Coordinators • Human Services Council of New York City • Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation • Ifetayo Cultural Arts Facility • Imani House • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement • Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults • Jazzmobile • Jericho Project • Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center • La Fuerza Unida • Latin Women in Action • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House • Lower East Side District Management Association • Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union • Moravian Open Door • Mount Hope Housing Company • National Association of Social Workers - New York City Chapter • National Puerto Rican Forum • Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City • Neighborhood Youth & Family Services • Neighbors Allied for Good Growth • New Alternatives for Children • New Destiny Housing Corporation • New York AIDS Coalition • New York Asian Women's Center • New York Association for Volunteer Administration • New York Center for Interpersonal Development • New York Citizens' Committee on Aging • New York City Coalition Against Hunger • New York Immigration Coalition • New York Jobs with Justice • New York Junior Tennis League • New York Regional Association of Grantmakers • New York Therapeutic Riding Center • New York Youth At Risk • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York • Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights • Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation • Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition • One Stop Senior Services • Part of the Solution • Partnership with Children • Pathways to Housing • Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health • Pratt Area Community Council • Project Reach Youth • Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council • Reach Into Cultural Heights • Recreation Rooms and Settlement • Regional Economic Development Assistance Corporation • Regional EMS Council of NYC • Riverdale Neighborhood House • Riverstone Senior Life Services • Rockaway Community Corporation Head Start • Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation • Safe Horizon • Service Fund of the National Organization for Women - New York City • Settlement Housing Fund • Sinergia • South Asian Youth Action • St. Christopher's • St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation • Star of the Sea • StreetWise Partners • Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation • Strycker's Bay Neighborhood Council • Sunnyside Community Services • The Caring Community • The Citywide Task Force on Housing Court • The Educational Alliance • The Learning Project • The Nonprofit Connection • United Way of New York City • University Community Social Services • Urban Education Exchange • Urban Renewal Committee of South Jamaica • William Hodson Community Center • Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation • Working in Support of Education • Working Today • Youth Action Programs & Homes • Youthline America

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Volunteer Institutions During Past Ten Years
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP • Allen & Overy LLP • Alston & Bird LLP • Altria Corporate Services, Inc. • American Express Company • American International Group, Inc. • Arent Fox LLP • Arnold & Porter LLP • Baker Botts L.L.P. • Bank Street Law Office • Battle Fowler LLP • Bennett & Samios, LLP • Bingham McCutchen LLP • Blank Rome LLP • Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP • Brooklyn Law School Student Law Clinic • Brown Rudnick LLP • Brown & Wood LLP • Bryan Cave LLP • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP • Camhy Karlinsky & Stein LLP • CBS Corporation • Chadbourne & Parke LLP • Citigroup Inc. • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP • Clifford Chance US LLP • Cognizant Technology Solutions • Colgate-Palmolive Company • Columbia University Law School • Coudert Brothers LLP • Covington & Burling LLP • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP • Crowell & Moring LLP • Cullen and Dykman LLP • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP • Davis & Gilbert LLP • Davis Polk & Wardwell • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP • Dechert LLP • DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Tartaglia, Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP • Dewey Ballantine LLP • Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP • Dickstein Shapiro LLP • DLA Piper • Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP • Dorsey & Whitney LLP • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP • Duane Morris LLP • Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP • Farrell Fritz, P.C. • Federated Department Stores, Inc. • Fischbein Badillo Wagner Harding • Fordham Law School • Fordham Law School Clinic • Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C. • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP • Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP • Gide Loyrette Nouel • Goldfarb & Fleece • Goodwin Procter LLP • Graham & James LLP • Grais & Phillips LLP • Greenberg Traurig, LLP • Herrick, Feinstein LLP • Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP • Hogan & Hartson LLP • Holland & Knight LLP • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP • Hunton & Williams LLP • ITT Industries, Inc. • Jackson Lewis LLP • Jenner & Block LLP • Jones Day • K&L Gates LLP • Kahn & Block LLP • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP • Kaye Scholer LLP • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP • King & Spalding LLP • Kirkland & Ellis LLP • Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP • Ladas & Parry LLP • Latham & Watkins LLP • Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP • Linklaters LLP • Loeb & Loeb LLP • Lowenstein Sandler PC • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP • Mayer Brown LLP • McDermott Will & Emery LLP • McKee Nelson LLP • Menaker & Herrmann LLP • MetLife Inc. • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP • Mintz & Gold LLP • Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP • Morrison & Foerster LLP • National Broadcasting Company, Inc. • New York Law School • Nixon Peabody LLP • O'Melveny & Myers LLP • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP • Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP • Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP • Pennie & Edmonds LLP • Pfizer Inc • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP • PR Newswire Association • Proskauer Rose LLP • Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky, Lieberman, P.C. • Rains & Pogrebin, P.C. • Reed Smith LLP • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP • Ropes & Gray LLP • Sacks Montgomery, P.C. • Salans • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP • Seyfarth Shaw LLP • ShawPittman LLP • Shearman & Sterling LLP • Sidley Austin LLP • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP • Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP • Sutherland • Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP • Szold & Brandwen, P.C. • Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP • The Atlantic Philanthropies • The MONY Group Inc. • Thelen LLP • Time Warner Inc. • Torys LLP • Toys "R" Us, Inc. • Troutman Sanders LLP • Viacom Inc. • Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP • White & Case LLP • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP • WilmerHale • Winston & Strawn LLP • Ziff Brothers Investments

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40th Anniversary Celebration
On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, Lawyers Alliance for New York hosted a 40th Anniversary Celebration to honor outstanding public service leadership in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors. The event was held at Gotham Hall. The Board and staff of Lawyers Alliance welcomed more than 400 nonprofit clients, volunteer attorneys, and other supporters in recognizing three outstanding honorees:

Michael Helfer, on behalf of the Legal Department of Citigroup
Thomas C. Baxter, Jr. of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Fatima Goldman and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

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