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National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers Rebrands as Exponentum (June 20, 2018)
Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Dedicated Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities (April 24, 2018)
The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (February 01, 2018)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2017 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations (November 09, 2017)
Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Innovative Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities (April 27, 2017)
Lawyers Alliance, NPCC File Suit Objecting to New State Donor Disclosure Law (March 06, 2017)
Nationwide Resource Hotline for Nonprofits to Navigate New Federal Overtime Regulations (November 15, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2016 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations (November 14, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Stacey O'Haire Fahey as Pro Bono Counsel (June 16, 2016)
Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates the Impact of Lawyers on Nonprofits and Communities (May 17, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Elizabeth Perez as Legal Director (January 19, 2016)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2015 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations (November 02, 2015)
Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Bylaws That Work (September 09, 2015)
Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities (May 11, 2015)
Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Getting Organized (March 23, 2015)
Lawyers Alliance Announces 2014 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations (October 29, 2014)
Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Advising Nonprofits (September 09, 2014)
45th Anniversary Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities (May 05, 2014)

  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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  Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Dedicated Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities
   
  Horacio Gutierrez, Trish Walsh, and Marla G. Simpson honored for community service leadership
   
 

New York , NY , April 24, 2018 --
On May 1, 2018, more than 350 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors are expected to gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance for New York's Business Law & Leadership Gala. This charitable event is the premier annual gathering of business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in low-income communities across New York City.

This year's distinguished honorees are:

Horacio Gutierrez, Spotify
Horacio Gutierrez is Spotify's General Counsel and Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs. Mr. Gutierrez is responsible for overseeing Spotify's legal, regulatory, and government affairs around the world, and serves as corporate secretary to its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Gutierrez heads Spotify's global commercial licensing team, a business function responsible for licensing activities with record labels, music publishers, and other right holders. Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service available in 65 markets worldwide. Prior to joining Spotify, Mr. Gutierrez spent 18 years at Microsoft in progressively higher positions, eventually becoming the General Counsel and Corporate Vice President. Spotify's corporate social responsibility activities leverage technology to bring the power of music to underserved communities to enrich the lives of individuals and families and bring about social change. The company has partnered with schools, districts, and educational nonprofits to implement initiatives that use music to enhance early childhood learning and empower youth of all ages to uncover their unique voices and speak out on issues impacting their lives and communities. The company also has spearheaded numerous initiatives to promote diversity in the music industry and encourage customers and visitors to donate to charitable causes around the world.

Trish Walsh, Voya Financial
As Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Trish Walsh oversees all aspects of Voya's Law, Compliance and External Affairs department, serving as an advisor to senior management and the Board of Directors on legal, compliance, securities and corporate governance matters. This year, Ms. Walsh also assumed responsibility for Corporate Development and Corporate Audit. She also serves on the company's Executive Committee. Voya Financial helps Americans plan, invest, and protect their savings for retirement. Prior to joining Voya, Ms. Walsh worked at Cigna, Inc.; Massachusetts Mutual Life; and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Voya's corporate social responsibility initiatives include a commitment to creating financially resilient youth and a financially literate workforce to maintain America's competitiveness as a nation and ensure a secure future for all people. In addition, the company helps people with special needs and disabilities, and their caregivers, plan for the future they envision through its Voya Cares program. This year, Voya Financial attorneys participated in a pro bono clinic for several Lawyers Alliance nonprofit clients working in quality education and community arts. This pro bono legal assistance helped clients navigate issues related to a guest artist agreement, a community partnership, independent artist contract, and services agreement. Ms. Walsh currently serves on the Boards of the Life Insurance Council of New York and Partnership for After School Education.

Marla G. Simpson, Brooklyn Community Services
Marla G. Simpson, President and Executive Director of Brooklyn Community Services (BCS), has a deep connection to the nonprofit sector, spanning 40 years. Before joining BCS in 2012, Ms. Simpson spent 22 years in the public sector, including time as Investigations Chief in the New York Attorney General's Charities Bureau and as New York City's Chief Procurement Officer, managing a $15 billion portfolio of public contracts. Previously she was an attorney in both the public interest and private sector. Ms. Simpson is an active member of both the Governor's Not-for-Profit Government Contracting Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Nonprofit Resiliency Committee. Brooklyn Community Services has been a Lawyers Alliance client since 1999, with nearly 20 cases over the years. Founded in 1866, BCS is one of the oldest and largest nonsectarian, multi-service community-based providers in Brooklyn, serving more than 20,000 people each year in its 28 locations. This year BCS was the recipient of the New York Community Trust/Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Nonprofit Excellence Award (Gold Prize), recognizing achievement in nonprofit management practices.

Aric Press, Partner, PP&C Consulting, will act as the evening's Master of Ceremonies for the fifth consecutive year. Mr. Press is the former Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer and its parent company, ALM Media. He is a founding Partner of PP&C Consulting, a group that works on strategy, positioning, and client relationships for law firms and legal departments.

Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Larren M. Nashelsky states, "This year's Business Law & Leadership honorees and their institutions have demonstrated a dedication to helping communities in need through nonprofit involvement. Horacio, Trish, and Marla's leadership, along with Lawyers Alliance's staff and volunteers' expertise, is making New York City a better place to live and work."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php.

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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 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. During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,800 volunteer attorneys to represent approximately 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers
   
  National Day of Service: Pro Bono Legal Help for Nonprofits Serving Vulnerable Populations
   
 

New York , NY , February 01, 2018 --
Today the National Day of Service of the National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (National Network) announced the successful completion of its first ever National Day of Service. The National Network, a collaboration of pro bono providers that serve different geographic regions throughout the United States, came together in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to provide free legal consultations to nonprofit organizations serving the homeless and other vulnerable populations around the country.

Between January 17 and 24, 2018, eight legal services providers with expertise in business and transactional services for nonprofit organizations each held a National Day of Service. Leveraging the legal talents of pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporations, National Network members helped community-based and other resource-constrained organizations improve their corporate governance practices to ensure legal compliance and promote best practices. Nonprofit staff and board members learned about timely legal issues related to proper organizational documents, the board of directors in action, fiscal transparency, and regulatory compliance. Each nonprofit organization received a customized assessment of its current governance structure and legal needs.

In the eight cities where the National Day of Service took place, representatives from close to 60 nonprofit organizations received advice from more than 100 attorneys and other legal volunteers who collectively donated more than 300 hours of pro bono service. The participating organizations are working hard year-round to better the lives of the homeless and other vulnerable populations. Through the National Day of Service, they could focus on foundational legal issues that are important for carrying out their charitable missions in local neighborhoods, while benefitting from educational and assessment tools developed by National Network experts.

The National Network's National Day of Service marks the first collaboration of business law pro bono providers to coordinate and offer governance consultations in different locations during the same week. The Network members that participated in this project are the Community Law Project of Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Michigan Community Resources, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Public Counsel, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and Wayfind.

Several law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal volunteers participated in the events, including Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Credit Suisse, Detroit Land Bank, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, MetLife, the Michigan Bar Association Real Property Section Members, NY Life Insurance Co., Paul Hastings, LLP, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Thomson Reuters, and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

"The National Network is thrilled to coordinate and leverage its resources to provide dedicated nonprofit managers with better tools and information to improve their operations. With strong governance practices in place, nonprofit organizations are better able, legally and practically, to pursue their charitable goals and mission," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, one of the main organizers of the National Day of Service.

Representatives from the participating nonprofit organizations benefited greatly from the consultations.

One client in San Diego remarked, "The legal clinic provided an opportunity to get legal advice for our organization that we would not have otherwise been able to afford. The lawyer was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided actionable next steps."

Clients in New York expressed similar sentiments: "It was a wonderful experience and it gave us an opportunity to review our governance policies and procedures." "It allowed for an opportunity to proactively focus on governance issues in a supportive environment."

The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers 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. The Network 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. Network 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 for New York Announces 2017 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to be held on November 14 at Viacom
   
 

New York , NY , November 09, 2017 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms - Latham & Watkins LLP and Mayer Brown LLP - are recipients of the 2017 Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance will present this year's awards at a ceremony on November 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Viacom, 1515 Broadway in New York City.

The 2017 Cornerstone Award winners also include 14 outstanding individuals selected from more than 1,800 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

"This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Cornerstone Awards, and Lawyers Alliance is thrilled to celebrate the generous and talented attorneys who have helped nonprofit clients thrive over the years. This year's winners exemplify the legal sector's commitment to helping New York City's low-income communities," said Larren M. Nashelsky, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance.

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Latham & Watkins LLP: Latham & Watkins LLP's dedication to pro bono work is a source of pride and a fundamental part of the firm's culture, and the firm provided free legal services valued at approximately $135 million last year. The firm has partnered with Lawyers Alliance for more than 20 years, including more than 30 legal matters for more than 25 nonprofit clients since 2012, with 22 new matters since 2015. Its collaborative approach to client service is reflected in the corporate, contract, transactional, regulatory, and other sophisticated pro bono legal services it has provided to nonprofit clients. As a result of this pro bono work, nonprofit organizations have stronger programs, operations, finances, and facilities and therefore can better serve more New Yorkers in need.

Mayer Brown LLP: Mayer Brown LLP's dedication to fostering an equitable society is closely aligned with Lawyers Alliance's aim to improve the quality of life in low-income New York City communities, and firm lawyers provided more than 58,000 hours of pro bono work last year to help the disadvantaged. Mayer Brown's steadily increasing pro bono work with Lawyers Alliance includes 31 legal projects for more than 25 organizations since 2012, and 21 new matters since 2015. Thanks to the firm's high quality legal services, its pro bono nonprofit clients have been able to navigate a complex array of corporate, information technology, and other business law challenges. This legal guidance has improved the ability of economic development, housing, health, and arts organizations to advance their missions and serve urban neighborhoods.

"Lawyers Alliance is pleased to present these two remarkable firms with Institutional Cornerstone Awards, our most significant honor, reflecting a substantial depth and breadth of business and transactional law pro bono. These firms have created a culture that encourages pro bono work, which in turn has helped nonprofit organizations across New York City," noted Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Eric Allendorf and Matthew DeAtley, Paul Hastings LLP: For helping a disaster relief organization ensure that New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy have access to temporary housing while repairing their homes.

Joann B. Birle, Herrick, Feinstein LLP: For providing expert real estate legal advice to nonprofit organizations, allowing them to secure the space needed to serve their communities.

Cheryl L. Davis and Karen Kim, Menaker & Herrmann LLP: For ensuring that a women's economic empowerment organization's intellectual property assets were protected in preparation for the launch of an international campaign.

Oren Epstein, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: For a long-term commitment to pro bono work, including intellectual property matters for environmental, economic opportunity, and educational organizations.

Scott Feira, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and Karen Peled, NBCUniversal Media, LLC: For collaborating to negotiate a telecommunications contract for a Queens multi-service agency and encouraging corporate pro bono.

Richard G. Kass, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC: For providing sensitive, supportive employment legal advice to nonprofits over a span of 20 years.

William X. Lang, Winston & Strawn LLP: For high quality services in real estate and contract law, resulting in the space and structure needed by nonprofits to provide services to New Yorkers.

Benet O'Reilly, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP: For leading a team of colleagues providing a range of sophisticated legal assistance to a community-based foundation in Brooklyn.

Susan L. Ross, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP: For making pro bono service a priority throughout her career, including expert technology and privacy law support to benefit numerous nonprofit organizations.

Chris M. Smith, Shearman & Sterling LLP: For spearheading a long-term project that will enable a media arts center to sell its air rights and secure its financial future.

Daniel J. Venditti, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP: For providing crucial employment law advice to help nonprofits manage productive workplaces.

"Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 210 of our 7,500 volunteers have received an Individual Cornerstone Award. These are Lawyers Alliance's strongest of our strong volunteers, and they demonstrate how lawyers can positively affect their communities," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director and Director of Institutional Advancement.

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About Lawyers Alliance for New York: 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 for low-income New Yorkers of all ages. During the past year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,800 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 650 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Marketing and Communications Director, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Innovative Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities
   
  Discovery Communications and Bruce Campbell, Viacom Law Department, and The New York Community Trust honored for community service leadership
   
 

New York , NY , April 27, 2017 --
On May 2, 2017, more than 300 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors will gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance for New York's 2017 Business Law & Leadership Gala. This charitable event is the premier annual gathering of business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are strengthening New York City communities.

This year's distinguished honorees are:

Bruce Campbell, Discovery Communications
As Chief Development, Distribution and Legal Officer for Discovery Communications, Bruce Campbell oversees all legal affairs; corporate development, including strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions; business affairs; and production management for the company's global portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids programming brands. Campbell joined Discovery in 2007 and, in addition to his global portfolio of responsibilities, is an enthusiastic supporter of the company's purpose-driven mission. Founded as a single cable network more than 30 years ago and now reaching over 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery remains committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences through real-world entertainment and, in line with so many of Lawyers Alliance priorities, to leveraging the power of its brands, businesses and employees to give back to the world. Today, with the support of senior leadership and the company's more than 7,000 employees worldwide, the company utilizes its global distribution platform, network and corporate cause-related partnerships, as well as annual employee volunteer initiatives to support a wide range of philanthropic causes, including education, environmental conservation, crime and violence prevention, veterans' affairs and services, and more.

Viacom Law Department
The Viacom Law Department is a leader in the corporate pro bono bar. Each year the department delivers a significant amount of pro bono legal work through direct representation and legal clinics aimed at low-income individuals and organizations working with communities in need. The larger Viacom community engages in more than 75 global initiatives addressing the issues its fans and employees care about most, including building inclusive societies, promoting healthy living, inspiring future generations, pioneering social change, empowering its employees, and managing its business responsibly. Under Christa D'Alimonte, Viacom's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, the Viacom Law Department continues to make pro bono legal services a priority for its attorneys. The Viacom Law Department has an enduring volunteer relationship with Lawyers Alliance. Viacom's legal staff participated in five Lawyers Alliance legal clinics for nonprofit organizations over the past five years, including three on Viacommunity Days, the company's annual global day of service. At these clinics, a total of nearly 30 nonprofit organizations received advice from Viacom attorneys regarding bylaws, governance changes prompted by the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, and waivers and releases. For the past two years, Viacom has generously hosted Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone Awards, an annual event honoring outstanding volunteer attorneys.

The New York Community Trust
For more than thirty years, Lawyers Alliance has benefited from the generous financial support of The New York Community Trust, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. The Trust understands that New York City's nonprofit sector is strengthened by the availability of quality technical assistance. Through the years, The Trust has funded Lawyers Alliance's workforce development, disaster relief, and elder service initiatives. In recent years, the Trust has been at the forefront of supporting innovative projects to respond to economic change, including a technical assistance collaboration to sustain safety net organizations and their programs dealing with financial distress. The Trust is now also supporting Lawyers Alliance's work with organizations that are reimagining themselves in an era of Medicaid Redesign. Senior Program Officer for Thriving Communities, Community Development and Technical Assistance Patricia Swann has served the nonprofit sector at The Trust for nearly 18 years. She will accept the award on behalf of The Trust.

Aric Press, Partner, Bernero & Press, will act as the evening's Master of Ceremonies for the fourth year. Mr. Press has a wealth of experience in the media covering the business of law. In 2015, after serving as Editor-in-Chief of ALM, he formed Bernero & Press, a consulting company dealing with client feedback and strategic positioning for law firms and legal departments.

Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Larren M. Nashelsky states, "This year's Business Law & Leadership honorees are innovators who have demonstrated a commitment to helping communities in need through legal, technical, and financial support, combined with effective communications. Bruce Campbell and Discovery Communications, the Viacom Law Department, and The New York Community Trust have all showed strong leadership in working to strengthen our communities."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php.

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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 develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,600 volunteer attorneys to represent approximately 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance, NPCC File Suit Objecting to New State Donor Disclosure Law
   
  NPCC Contact: Heysha Nameri, (212) 502-4191 x233, hnameri@npccny.org
Lawyers Alliance Contact: Emily Crossan, (212) 219-1800 x233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org
   
 

New York , NY , March 06, 2017 --
Today Lawyers Alliance for New York and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) filed a complaint against Attorney General Schneiderman challenging provisions of the Governor's 2016 ethics law (New York Executive Law 172-e) as unconstitutional and harmful to nonprofits in New York State.

"While other sections of the statute are intended to increase transparency in the electoral process, the provisions we challenge today are unrelated to those goals," said Sean Delany, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York. "Nonprofits that provide technical support, make grants, or otherwise support advocacy organizations - with no intention of supporting lobbying activity - should not be required to disclose their donors without any connection to that activity. This is the first statute in the country to mandate such disclosure, and it is an ill-considered way to create such a legislative precedent."

"NPCC believes that transparency and accountability are fundamental to nonprofits, particularly when engaging in lobbying; however, this overbroad law catches nonprofits up in a net of reporting for everyday activities that have no connection to lobbying," said Sharon Stapel, President of NPCC. "Nonprofits throughout New York State will be subject to burdensome reporting requirements that could harm their ability to fundraise and to meet their mission. Nonprofits must be accountable to the public, but this law does not achieve that goal."

The complaint alleges that New York Executive Law 172-e violates the 1st and 14th Amendments. This provision would require 501(c)(3) nonprofits to report their donations simply because they provided a certain level of assistance to 501(c)(4) entities, even when that support is not connected to lobbying or political speech. Under this rule, for example, Lawyers Alliance could be required to disclose donors because they provided a (c)(4) with legal advice to incorporate or to set up their by-laws, activities that have no connection to the entity's political position.

This case is expected to be joined with ongoing litigation brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and Citizens Union before District Judge Richard M. Berman, United States District Court, Southern District of New York. The suit raises claims similar to those brought by the NYCLU/ACLU and Citizens Union, but asserts the constitutional claims from the perspective of nonprofits that were never intended to be regulated by the statute but will nevertheless be required to disclose their donors.

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The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) serves as the voice and information source for the New York City area nonprofit community. NPCC's mission is to create a sector that is better informed, managed, governed, and represented at all levels of government. With more than 1,450 members, NPCC helps nonprofits to improve their organizational management so they become more effective in meeting their missions and saves nonprofits money through cost-savings programs. NPCC also serves as a watchdog for nonprofit regulation on the city, state and federal levels, assuring that the nonprofit regulatory environment is fair and efficient. Established in 1984, NPCC is the largest such organization in the New York City area.

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 develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, Lawyers Alliance's staff worked with more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent approximately 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters.

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  Nationwide Resource Hotline for Nonprofits to Navigate New Federal Overtime Regulations
   
  Changes go into effect on December 1, 2016
   
 

New York , NY , November 15, 2016 --
The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (National Network) and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), with support from Pro Bono Net, have collaborated for the first time to launch a nationwide resource hotline for nonprofits regarding upcoming changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a regulatory change that is expected to have major impact. These rules raise the minimum salary threshold for employees who are entitled to overtime pay, significantly affecting the costs and obligations of all employers, including nonprofits, nationwide. Beginning on December 1st, the salary threshold for exemption from the overtime regulations under the FLSA will be raised from the current $455/week ($23,600/year) to $913/week ($47,476/year). Workers who are not exempt under the FLSA must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in any week. After December 1st, employers who are out of compliance risk incurring retroactive overtime obligations and administrative penalties. DOL estimates that millions of workers, including those at nonprofits, will be newly eligible to receive overtime pay.

Nonprofit organizations with questions about the new regulations and what effect they will have on their workforce can visit http://lawyersalliance.org/apb_intake_form.php to complete a simple intake form and sign up for a free one-hour legal consultation via telephone with an attorney. Currently, 14 law firms across the country have signed up to provide attorneys for these consultations. Lawyers Alliance for New York, a member of the National Network, will administer the program. If needed, nonprofits can request an additional one-hour follow-up call. Nonprofits are also encouraged to consult with local counsel regarding state overtime rules, as these consultations will only cover federal rules.

Sean Delany, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, says, "One of the main goals of the National Network is to harness the expertise of pro bono attorneys across the country for the benefit of nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. The legal assistance provided through the new Hotline will help nonprofit managers make sense of the new regulations. Nonprofit employers are encouraged to seek counsel on this important change prior to the effective date on December 1st."

Allegra Nethery, Pro Bono Partner at one of the participating firms, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Board Secretary of APBCo, states, "We are seeing a tremendous need for nonprofits to understand the impact of the new overtime rules on their operations. In partnership with the National Network and Pro Bono Net, APBCo is proud that our members' firms have stepped up to provide free legal advice to nonprofits in our communities on this complex issue."

The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers is a membership organization of providers that offer pro bono business law services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in geographic regions across the United States. The National Network relies on volunteer attorneys from law firms and corporations to provide that assistance, including those affiliated with the members of APBCo. The National Network shares best practices, collaborates on educational and legal projects, and promotes the delivery of high quality business and transactional legal services to organizations serving low-income and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) was established in 2006 as a mission-driven membership organization for attorneys and practice group managers who run a law firm pro bono practice on a full-time basis. Today, APBCo has over 180 members representing over 100 large law firms. APBCo's mission is to maximize access to justice through the delivery of pro bono legal services by advancing the model of the full-time law firm pro bono counsel, supporting and enhancing the professional development of pro bono counsel, and serving as the voice of the law firm pro bono community.

Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit, founded in 1999, dedicated to increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged. Through innovative technology solutions and expertise in building and mobilizing justice networks, Pro Bono Net transforms the way legal help reaches those in need. Pro Bono Net works with a broad network of access to justice partners to close the justice gap by empowering the public with information and self-help tools to improve their lives, equipping advocates with the resources to make a stronger impact, and mobilizing volunteers to expand help available.


Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York/National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers, (212) 219-1800 ext. 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org and Allegra Nethery, Seyfarth Shaw/APBCo, (312) 460-5523, anethery@seyfarth.com.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2016 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to be held November 17th
   
 

New York , NY , November 14, 2016 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms - Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and Dentons US LLP - are recipients of the 2016 Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance will present this year's awards at a ceremony on November 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Viacom, 1515 Broadway in New York City.

The 2016 Cornerstone Award winners also include 12 outstanding individuals selected from 1,600 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

"This year's Cornerstone Award winners not only provide much-needed pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations working across New York City, but they also inspire their colleagues and clients with their dedication," said Larren M. Nashelsky, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance.

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP: The firm has provided pro bono assistance to Lawyers Alliance for many years, with Cahill lawyers providing a variety of legal services that benefit low-income New Yorkers. Cahill's work for Lawyers Alliance clients has helped improve urban health and sustainability, the quality of life for children, older youth, and New Yorkers of all ages, and stimulated economic development in underserved neighborhoods. Cahill has substantially increased its participation in Lawyers Alliance matters in recent years, representing more than 30 community development organizations since 2013, including representation in 21 active matters over Lawyers Alliance's past fiscal year. Cahill's advocacy of Lawyers Alliance is part of its long and honored pro bono tradition, and the firm's efforts have had a major impact in and around New York City.

Dentons US LLP: Along with its predecessor firms, Dentons has partnered with Lawyers Alliance for more than eighteen years, providing pro bono assistance to more than 75 nonprofit clients on more than 90 legal matters since 1998, including 22 cases during the past year. Dentons attorneys provide critical guidance throughout the lifecycle of exempt organizations, including negotiating and preparing strategic agreements and offering significant employment law support to improve personnel management. Helping communities in need is at the heart of the firm's pro bono and corporate responsibility work, just as it is core to Lawyers Alliance's focus on strengthening nonprofits that are improving quality of life in low-income communities.

"Lawyers Alliance is gratified to present these two extraordinary firms with Institutional Cornerstone Awards, our most significant honor, reflecting a substantial depth and breadth of business and transactional law pro bono. Their work with nonprofit clients has truly made a difference in communities across the City," noted Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Jonathan Bloom and Jessica Falk, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP: For enhancing access to government information about nonprofits, allowing for greater transparency and benefiting the entire nonprofit sector.

Rita Dattola, Holland & Knight LLP: For providing expert real estate legal advice to nonprofits and championing pro bono service, helping to connect colleagues with pro bono opportunities.

Anthony J. Distinti, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP: For helping nonprofits understand and comply with complex federal tax laws and procedures.

David M. Feldman and Shellie Weisfeld Freedman, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP: For negotiating contracts related to Medicaid Redesign to allow an asthma support organization to expand its health services.

David Harty, Kaye Scholer LLP: For utilizing valuable legal and negotiation skills to help nonprofits rent affordable space to deliver multiple social services.

Michael Kessler, Clifford Chance US LLP: For providing ongoing supportive legal advice to a children's arts organization, enabling it to pursue national fundraising.

Mara B. Levin, Herrick, Feinstein LLP: For active and responsive employment law assistance to a wide variety of nonprofits working to improve and enhance the quality of life for low-income New Yorkers.

Paul Pollock, Crowell & Moring LLP: For providing sophisticated corporate legal advice to a workforce development organization, allowing it to expand its services and protect its intellectual property.

Jill Rosenberg, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP: For making pro bono service a priority throughout her career, offering expert employment law support to numerous nonprofit organizations.

Mark Schonberger, Goodwin Procter LLP: For building a trusted relationship with a Business Improvement District from its formation to present day, helping to advance the quality of life in its neighborhood.

"Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 196 of our volunteers have received an Individual Cornerstone Award. These are Lawyers Alliance's strongest volunteers, and they exemplify the best of the legal profession," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director and Director of Institutional Advancement.

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About Lawyers Alliance: By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 660 nonprofit clients on more than 1,050 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Stacey O'Haire Fahey as Pro Bono Counsel
   
  Effective June 16
   
 

New York , NY , June 16, 2016 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey O'Haire Fahey as its first Pro Bono Counsel. Ms. Fahey will play a central role in Lawyers Alliance's client intake, volunteer recruitment and support, case management, and pro bono program staff supervision. She will work with staff colleagues to manage Lawyers Alliance’s law firm and corporate pro bono relationships. She recently has been working with Lawyers Alliance on a special project as the organization expands its pro bono work with corporate legal departments.

Ms. Fahey comes to Lawyers Alliance following a long career at Proskauer Rose LLP, first as a Health Care Associate and then as Director of Pro Bono/Pro Bono Counsel from 2006 to 2015. In that position, she was responsible for the leadership and administration of Proskauer's award-wining international pro bono program across 13 offices and all practice areas. Ms. Fahey is active in the pro bono community and is a member and former chair of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a member of the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinators Network. In 2002 she was honored with Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone Award for pro bono excellence, thanks to her legal services to organizations assisting September 11 victims and their families.

"We are thrilled to enhance our program by adding Stacey. She’s a highly respected pro bono advocate, familiar with the legal needs of nonprofits, and an excellent organizer and thought leader," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director and Director of Institutional Advancement.

"I am honored to join the dedicated team at Lawyers Alliance," said Ms. Fahey. "Engaging volunteer lawyers from law firms and corporations across the City as co-counsel to assist nonprofit clients with significant business and transactional legal needs not only benefits our clients but also engages the private Bar in important and rewarding public service."

About Lawyers Alliance: 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.

High Volume, High Impact: During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,600 volunteer attorneys from New York City’s finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofits and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates the Impact of Lawyers on Nonprofits and Communities
   
  Laureen E. Seeger, Carol Bellamy, and Yanki Tshering honored for community service leadership
   
 

New York , NY , May 17, 2016 --
On May 19, 2016, more than 400 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors will gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance for New York's 2016 Business Law & Leadership Gala. This event is the largest annual charitable gathering of business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are strengthening New York City communities.

This year’s distinguished honorees are:

Laureen E. Seeger, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, American Express Company
Ms. Seeger leads American Express Company's legal, compliance and ethics, corporate secretary, and federal and state government affairs departments. She is a member of the company's Operating Committee.

Ms. Seeger and American Express Company have a longstanding commitment to strengthening nonprofits and communities through leadership development, community service, and advising nonprofits that support small businesses and economic development. Her legal team shares the conviction that nonprofits, and those who lead them, are an essential element for positive change in underserved communities. For more than ten years, American Express has worked with Lawyers Alliance to provide high quality pro bono legal services to multiple nonprofits that benefit children, families, new immigrants, and other low-income New Yorkers. Recently, volunteers from the American Express legal department conducted “Understanding Contracts: A Nonprofit Hands-On Clinic with Legal Practitioners,” for Lawyers Alliance nonprofit clients. American Express regularly encourages employees to participate in its Serve2Gether Consulting initiative, whereby teams of employees provide pro bono consulting to nonprofits to build the organizations' marketing, technology, and strategic capabilities. Ms. Seeger has extensive corporate and law firm experience. She serves on the Board of FTI Consulting Inc. She is a former member of the Board of the California Chamber of Commerce and of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and is a former Board Chair of the Bay Area American Heart Association.

Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director, UNICEF
Ms. Bellamy has had a distinguished career in the public and private sector. She is currently Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund Board of Directors and served ten years as the Executive Director of UNICEF. In 1969, she helped found the Council of New York Law Associates (Lawyers Alliance's original name), and was a member of the Steering Committee from 1969 to 1972, and the organization's first Treasurer. Ms. Bellamy currently serves on Lawyers Alliance's Board of Advisors, providing continued input on organizational strategy. Ms. Bellamy also served as the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, President and CEO of World Learning, and Director of Peace Corps. She worked in the private sector at Bear, Stearns & Co., Morgan Stanley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Ms. Bellamy spent 13 years as a public official, including five years in the New York State Senate. In 1978, she became the first woman elected to citywide office in New York City when she was voted President of the New York City Council, a position she held until 1985.

Yanki Tshering, Executive Director, Business Center for New Americans
As founder and Executive Director of Business Center for New Americans (BCNA), Ms. Tshering has developed and implemented economic development programs in New York City for more than 20 years. BCNA was formed with a $15,000 grant from the American Express Foundation to start a program to provide advice to refugees interested in starting businesses. Lawyers Alliance staff and volunteer attorneys have provided BCNA with pro bono legal services on 14 separate matters over the past seven years. BCNA has received national recognition for its creative and practical asset development programs for low- to moderate-income refugees and immigrants in New York City. BCNA has made over $15 million in micro-loans to date and over 1,500 refugees and their families have graduated from the Center’s Individual Development Program for Refugees, investing over $24 million in assets such as home ownership and small businesses. Ms. Tshering is also a Board member of Credit Builders Alliance.

Aric Press, Partner, Bernero & Press, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies for the third year. Mr. Press has a wealth of experience in the media covering the business of law. In 2015, after serving as Editor-in-Chief of ALM, he formed Bernero & Press, a consulting company dealing with client feedback and strategic positioning for law firms and legal departments.

Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Ariel J. Deckelbaum states, "This year's Business Law & Leadership honorees demonstrate a strong commitment to those in need. Laureen, Carol, and Yanki and their respective organizations have spent years working to improve our communities. These efforts, along with those of Lawyers Alliance’s volunteer attorneys, illustrate a dedication that translates into a direct impact on those served by nonprofit organizations."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php.

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About Lawyers Alliance: 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.

High Volume, High Impact: During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofits and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces Appointment of Elizabeth Perez as Legal Director
   
  Effective January 19
   
 

New York , NY , January 19, 2016 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the promotion of Elizabeth Perez to Legal Director. Ms. Perez, who joined Lawyers Alliance in 2007, has served as Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney and most recently launched the Urban Health initiative, which works with nonprofits promoting preventative health, food security, healthy aging, and making New York City a greener place. Ms. Perez succeeds Linda S. Manley, who has accepted the position of Deputy General Counsel for New York State Homes & Community Renewal.

Ms. Perez will be responsible for nonprofit client outreach, client representation, and Lawyers Alliance's in-house staff attorneys. She has significant experience in advising nonprofits with business and transactional legal issues, including nonprofits working in the areas of urban health, immigrant services, elder services, and safety net services. She is co-editor of Advising Nonprofits, Lawyers Alliance's signature publication, and an expert in legal issues related to governance, contracts, and lobbying regulations.

"Lawyers Alliance is pleased to appoint Elizabeth Perez as Legal Director. In her eight years at Lawyers Alliance, Elizabeth has proven to be an extraordinary attorney and has earned the respect of her colleagues, nonprofit managers, and attorneys. We look forward to Elizabeth spearheading our efforts as we continue our momentum, serving a greater number of clients with the assistance of a greater number of volunteer attorneys," said Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance, Ms. Perez was an associate at Clifford Chance US LLP. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, an L.L.M. from the University of London, and a B.A. from Texas A&M University.

About Lawyers Alliance: 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.

High Volume, High Impact: During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofits and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2015 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to be held on November 4
   
 

New York , NY , November 02, 2015 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that two leading law firms - Duane Morris LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - are recipients of the 2015 Cornerstone Awards. These awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance will present this year's awards at a ceremony on November 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Viacom, 1515 Broadway in New York City.

The 2015 Cornerstone Award winners also include eight outstanding individuals selected from 1,650 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

"This year's Cornerstone Award winners have provided vital pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are helping individuals and neighborhoods in need, and they inspire colleagues and clients with their exemplary volunteerism," said Ariel J. Deckelbaum, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance.

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Duane Morris LLP: This international law firm has demonstrated its strong community commitment through pro bono legal and educational services that strengthen the nonprofit sector. Since 1999, the firm has partnered with Lawyers Alliance to represent more than 40 nonprofit clients on more than 45 pro bono legal matters. Duane Morris attorneys have shared their expertise in the areas of corporate governance, contracts, mergers, real estate, intellectual property, employment, and health care. Moreover, Duane Morris is a steadfast contributor to Lawyers Alliance's educational programming, providing knowledge, resources, and technical support that allow Lawyers Alliance to deliver practical legal information to nonprofit managers and pro bono attorneys. Most recently, the firm provided invaluable word processing, formatting, and proofreading work to enable Lawyers Alliance to release new editions of its signature publications, Advising Nonprofits and Getting Organized.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP: Consistent with its decades long tradition of public service, this global law firm has been particularly active in recent years in complex and compelling business law and transactional pro bono projects. Since 2010, the firm has represented 42 nonprofit clients on 48 different legal matters through Lawyers Alliance, including 12 new matters during the past year. Volunteers have donated their time and expertise to help clients negotiate contracts, enhance corporate governance, improve regulatory compliance, and reduce risk. Thanks to this pro bono assistance from Fried Frank, dozens of nonprofit organizations are better prepared to serve children and youth, develop affordable housing, and improve health in low-income neighborhoods throughout New York City.

"Lawyers Alliance is grateful for the pro bono leadership of these two extraordinary firms. We are gratified to present them with Institutional Cornerstone Awards, Lawyers Alliance's most significant honor, reflecting their substantial depth and breadth of business and transactional law pro bono," noted Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Todd C. Arena, O'Melveny & Myers LLP: For championing community development credit unions and economic development through supportive pro bono corporate law assistance.

Michael A. Calandra, Jr., Alston & Bird LLP: For making a positive impact on his native city by helping multiple nonprofit organizations address corporate law issues at different stages in their development, from formation to dissolution and in between.

Allan H. Cohen, Nixon Peabody LLP: For preserving essential programs for children and families by negotiating a strategic alliance and joint venture agreement.

Kyla Henriksen, Citi: For mastering legal issues outside of her usual area of practice to provide high quality assistance to nonprofit organizations on governance and lobbying matters.

Elizabeth Hook, Citi,: For strengthening the nonprofit workforce through expert client counseling and employee trainings on timely human resources issues.

Sharon Lippett, Shearman & Sterling LLP: For repeatedly dedicating time and attention to pro bono employment law assistance on behalf of nonprofit organizations serving New Yorkers in need.

Michael Campion Miller, Steptoe & Johnson LLP: For strong team leadership and personal commitment evidenced in quality guidance to a family services organization in a matter involving children in foster care.

Edward Andrew Puerta, Nixon Peabody LLP: For using his real estate skills in pro bono transactional matters to help housing, economic, social services, and cultural nonprofits grow and thrive.

"Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 184 of our 6,000 volunteers have received an Individual Cornerstone Award. These are Lawyers Alliance's strongest volunteers, and they exemplify the best of the legal profession," said Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

About Lawyers Alliance: By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 x 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Bylaws That Work
   
  Second Edition revised to reflect legal developments related to New York State not-for-profit corporations
   
 

New York , NY , September 09, 2015 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of Bylaws That Work: A Manual for New York Nonprofits. Now in its second edition, Lawyers Alliance's 101-page publication reflects best practices and recent changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.

Bylaws That Work is designed to help New York not-for-profit corporations, their Board members, and attorneys to prepare new or revised bylaws, the set of rules and procedures that govern a nonprofit organization's internal operations. Bylaws That Work contains a legal overview of topics commonly covered in bylaws, questionnaires to assist those developing and amending bylaws, and sample documents for not-for-profit corporations with and without members.

The Editor of Bylaws That Work Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director, says, "Clear and functional bylaws make it easier for an organization's leadership to make significant operational, fiscal, and programmatic decisions that affect the health and future of the organization. Virtually every New York not-for-profit corporation should review and update its bylaws to ensure compliance with new legal requirements."

Within the past year, Lawyers Alliance also released new editions of its publications Advising Nonprofits and Getting Organized. Advising Nonprofits provides a comprehensive map of a wide range of legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff and the attorneys who advise them, including corporate structure, board governance, contracts, regulatory compliance, fundraising, personnel management, lobbying and political activity, intellectual property, and revenue-generating activities. Getting Organized is a hands-on guide for nonprofit managers and attorneys representing organizations that seek to incorporate and secure recognition of tax-exempt status.

Bylaws That Work is available for purchase as a bound printed copy ($50) and as both an Individual Use ($50) and Site License ($100) PDF download. The electronic versions include linked table of contents and websites. Please visit Lawyers Alliance's website at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php for more information or to order.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York: 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 helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 14 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with 1,650 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,200 matters.

About the Editor: Lawyers Alliance for New York's Deputy Executive Director/Director of Institutional Advancement Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer works with the Board and staff to carry out all aspects of Lawyers Alliance's mission. She has significant experience in advising nonprofits in the areas of corporate governance, fundraising law and regulation, and legal ethics. She spearheads Lawyers Alliance's pro bono program, strategic initiatives, and external relations.

Contact: For information about this publication, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Crossan at: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrates Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities
   
  Steven M. Cohen, Rohan Weerasinghe, and Eileen Torres honored for community service leadership
   
 

New York , NY , May 11, 2015 --
On May 13, 2015, more than 550 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors will gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance for New York's 2015 Business Law & Leadership Gala. This event is the largest annual charitable gathering of business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are strengthening New York City communities.

This year's distinguished honorees are:
Steven M. Cohen, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Mr. Cohen has combined a career in public service and private practice to make a positive impact on the lives of New Yorkers. He oversees the legal and administrative operations for MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, which manages a diversified corporate portfolio and whose philanthropic arm, the Perelman Family Foundation, is one of the nation's most generous supporters of women's health, education, and the arts. Mr. Cohen previously served as Secretary to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, in addition to Mr. Cuomo's Counselor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the New York Attorney General. In his career in private practice, Mr. Cohen has represented corporations and individuals in complex commercial, criminal, and regulatory matters. He also spearheaded a successful effort to gain the release of two men wrongfully convicted of the 1990 Palladium nightclub murder. He was named NYBA Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for his efforts. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cohen served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Violent Gangs Unit. He is a member of the New York University Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Bronfman Center at NYU, and a member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Board of Directors. District Attorney of New York County, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., will present the 2015 Business Law & Leadership Award to Mr. Cohen.

Rohan Weerasinghe, General Counsel, Citigroup Inc.
Mr. Weerasinghe oversees Citi's global legal team, including business-unit general counsels, regional general counsels, and corporate deputy general counsels. Prior to joining Citi in 2012, he was Senior Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP. During his 35 year tenure at the firm, Mr. Weerasinghe represented financial institutions and corporations worldwide on corporate governance, complex corporate transactions, and capital markets offerings. He is currently a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. Citi attorneys have actively participated in Lawyers Alliance's volunteer network for more than 15 years, providing trusted counsel on corporate, regulatory, and employment issues. Most recently, Citi's legal staff conducted a pro bono clinic for nonprofits on board engagement and best practices in corporate governance. Citi's Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Raymond J. McGuire, will present the 2015 Business Law & Leadership Award to Mr. Weerasinghe.

Eileen Torres, Executive Director, BronxWorks
Appointed Executive Director of BronxWorks in 2014, Ms. Torres has a long professional and personal commitment to serving the Bronx community. She joined BronxWorks in 1995, when it was known as Citizens Advice Bureau, and was named General Counsel in 2003, Interim Executive Director in 2013 and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Over the past 20 years, she has helped the organization grow from 120 to 600 employees and 10 to 30 sites, which today feed, shelter, teach, and support more than 35,000 people in the South Bronx each year. Under Ms. Torres' leadership, BronxWorks has received a contract to provide Affordable Care Act Navigator services, a contract to operate the Classic Community Center serving three NYCHA complexes in the Mott section of the Bronx, and multiple awards for exemplary management and governance. BronxWorks has been a Lawyers Alliance client since 1996, benefitting from quality pro bono legal help to advance its programs and operations. Former BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin will present the 2015 Business Law & Leadership Award to Ms. Torres.

Aric Press, Partner, Bernero & Press, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies for the second year. Mr. Press has a wealth of experience in the media covering the business of law. Until recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of ALM, and in 2015 formed Bernero & Press, a consulting company dealing with client feedback and strategic positioning for law firms and legal departments.

In addition to the Awards presentation, the Gala will highlight, with photographs and testimonials, the impact of Lawyers Alliance's services for nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Ariel J. Deckelbaum states, "We are privileged to work with a strong group of honorees for this year's Business Law & Leadership Gala. Throughout their careers, all have proven their commitment to New York City and the essential work done by nonprofit organizations in communities throughout the City. The support of Lawyers Alliance provided by Eileen, Rohan, and Steven and their friends and colleagues is a strong endorsement of the important services provided by Lawyers Alliance and its staff."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php

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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. Our network of pro bono lawyers from law firms and corporations and staff of experienced attorneys collaborate to deliver expert corporate, tax, real estate, employment, intellectual property, and other legal services to community organizations. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Each year, Lawyers Alliance's 13 staff attorneys and more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments serve 670 nonprofit clients on 1,100 different legal matters. In addition, Lawyers Alliance provides a broad range of educational opportunities for nonprofit managers on legal issues.


Press contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800 x 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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  Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Getting Organized
   
  Sixth Edition revised to reflect significant legal and practical developments related to New York State nonprofit organizations
   
 

New York , NY , March 23, 2015 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of Getting Organized. Now in its sixth edition, Lawyers Alliance substantially updated this 327-page publication to reflect significant legal and practical developments in federal and state law related to nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt organizations.

Getting Organized is a hands-on guide for nonprofit managers and attorneys representing organizations that seek to incorporate and secure recognition of tax-exempt status. It helps newly forming groups and their attorneys find online forms, research information, and complete applications to streamline the incorporation and tax exemption process. Getting Organized also offers insight into reporting requirements and fiscal sponsorship. Extensive Appendices contain sample forms and resources.

Getting Organized reflects the Non-Profit Revitalization Act, effective July 1, 2014, which made considerable changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (N-PCL). These changes strengthen corporate governance and nonprofit accountability, modernize certain aspects of the N-PCL, and eliminate some administrative and procedural burdens.

"Founders of nonprofit organizations face challenges during the start-up phase. Getting Organized is intended to demystify questions relating to choice of a corporate structure and the process of receiving recognition as a charitable organization," says Lawyers Alliance Legal Director and Getting Organized Co-Editor Linda Schechter Manley.

Lawyers Alliance Staff Attorney and Co-Editor Nicole D. Cuttino says, "Many attorneys want to put their legal skills to use benefiting pro bono clients but may be concerned that they lack the appropriate experience. Getting Organized gives an attorney representing a charitable organization the information and tools they need to successfully incorporate and secure tax exempt status for their clients."

Volunteers from the following firms provided assistance in updating and formatting portions of the publication: Alston & Bird LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; and Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Lawyers Alliance's Advising Nonprofits, the companion book to Getting Organized, picks up where Getting Organized leaves off and was extensively updated in Fall 2014 to reflect the Non-profit Revitalization Act. Advising Nonprofits provides a comprehensive map of a wide range of legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff and the attorneys who advise them, including corporate structure, board governance, contracts, regulatory compliance, fundraising, personnel management, lobbying and political activity, intellectual property, and revenue-generating activities.

Getting Organized is available for purchase as a bound printed copy ($100) and as both an Individual Use ($100) and Site License ($200) PDF download. The electronic versions include linked table of contents, index, and websites. Please visit Lawyers Alliance's website at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php for more information or to order.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York: 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 helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 670 nonprofit clients on more than 1,100 matters.

About the Editors: Lawyers Alliance for New York's Legal Director Linda Schechter Manley oversees client representation services and manages the in-house attorney staff. Ms. Manley has significant legal experience in the areas of child care, elder services, mergers and strategic alliances, corporate restructuring, nonprofit governance, and coping with financial distress.

Staff Attorney Nicole D. Cuttino leads the Children and Youth Services program area, representing child care providers, afterschool programs, charter schools, and organizations serving older or at-risk youth. She advises Lawyers Alliance's substantial client base of community-based and nonprofit groups about business and transactional law issues.

Contact: For information about this publication, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Crossan at: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  Lawyers Alliance Announces 2014 Cornerstone Awards for Pro Bono Lawyers Serving Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to be held on October 30
   
 

New York , NY , October 29, 2014 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York is proud to announce that two leading law firms - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Proskauer - are recipients of the 2014 Cornerstone Awards, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York. The annual awards recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Lawyers Alliance will present these awards at a ceremony on October 30, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Credit Suisse, One Madison Avenue in New York City.

The 2014 Cornerstone Award winners also include nine outstanding individuals, selected from more than 1,500 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year. In recognition of Lawyers Alliance's 45th year anniversary, the evening will include a special tribute to the 15 Year Circle, comprised of those who have volunteered at least 15 years.

"This year's eleven Cornerstone Award winners have delivered exemplary pro bono services, helping nonprofit organizations to provide vital programs for individuals and neighborhoods in need," said John D. Lobrano, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance. "In addition, it is inspiring to recognize Lawyers Alliance's 15 Year Circle volunteers, who have dedicated so much time and effort to strengthening nonprofit organizations over many years."

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP: This firm's exceptional commitment and service is evidenced by the high volume, quality, and impact of its pro bono representation of nonprofit organizations. The firm's New York office has handled a disproportionately large volume of business and transactional law pro bono matters for its size, including more than 70 legal projects through Lawyers Alliance since 1996 and 10 new projects begun within the last year. This includes an excellent blend of long-term, complex, and immediate matters. Morgan Lewis attorneys' exemplary assistance with corporate, governance, contract, employment, and intellectual property law is ensuring that nonprofit organizations are powerful forces for improving life in low-income communities.

Proskauer: This firm's outstanding pro bono tradition is reflected in its longstanding service to New York nonprofit organizations, from Lawyers Alliance's earliest days as the Council of New York Law Associates through the present. Proskauer attorneys have worked on more employment law pro bono matters through Lawyers Alliance than any other law firm in Lawyers Alliance's history, providing advice on human resources issues that are essential to the ability of nonprofit groups to operate strong programs. The firm's corporate and real estate attorneys have provided top quality pro bono legal assistance to numerous nonprofit organizations serving children, families, and seniors. Since Lawyers Alliance first honored Proskauer with a Cornerstone Award in 2005, the firm has handled more than 80 legal matters through Lawyers Alliance, including 13 begun within the past year.

"The Institutional Cornerstone Awards are Lawyers Alliance's most significant honor because they represent substantial depth and breadth of business and transactional law pro bono, as evidenced by this year's winners," noted Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Carolyn Austin, Arent Fox LLP: For her supportive real estate law and negotiation assistance to nonprofit groups working with disadvantaged children and workers.

Alexander W. Bogdan, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP: For his trusted employment law advice to eight nonprofit clients since 2007, allowing these organizations to grow and thrive.

John B. Dodson and Joseph B. Rothenberg, DLA Piper LLP (US): For their quality teamwork on a sale-leaseback transaction that is enabling a community-based organization to continue its education, health, and social services programs.

Emilie A. Hendee, Jones Day: For responsive employment law assistance to 16 nonprofit clients over the past seven years and recruiting colleagues for additional pro bono projects that strengthen nonprofit staff and programs.

B.K. (Boong-Kyu) Lee, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: For expert structuring and contract advice to a nonprofit organization that is expanding financial counseling to thousands in need in cities throughout the country.

James W. Perkins, Greenberg Traurig, LLP: For leading a stellar team that is helping Lawyers Alliance advocate on behalf of the nonprofit sector regarding a charitable exemption from real estate taxes.

Russell D. Sacks, Shearman & Sterling LLP: For keen insight in guiding credit unions serving low-income communities through complex regulatory and compliance matters.

Jonathan E. Silverblatt, Dorsey & Whitney LLP: For strategic corporate advice enabling nonprofit organizations to pursue partnerships and improve board governance.

"These individuals are stars. Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 176 of our 6,000 volunteers have received an Individual Cornerstone Award, and the 2014 honorees are especially deserving," said Sean Delany, Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance.

15 Year Circle salutes longest serving volunteers In celebration of Lawyers Alliance's 45th anniversary, it is recognizing members of the 15 Year Circle, a special group of 63 long-term volunteers whose pro bono work with Lawyers Alliance spans 15 years or more. In many instances, their pro bono participation has spanned decades. Volunteers from the 15 Year Circle have applied their time and legal skills to more than 475 business and transactional law matters for 400 nonprofit clients. New York City is a better place to live and work as a result.

About Lawyers Alliance: By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. During the past year, the 14 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from New York City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 670 nonprofit clients on more than 1,100 matters. Lawyers Alliance also reaches nonprofit organizations and attorneys through its workshops, publications, and other educational programs.

Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800.

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  Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated Advising Nonprofits
   
  Sixth Edition revised to include changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Law brought about by the Nonprofit Revitalization Act
   
 

New York , NY , September 09, 2014 --

Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of its signature publication, Advising Nonprofits. Now in its sixth edition, Lawyers Alliance substantially updated this 526-page publication to reflect changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law due to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, which became effective on July 1, 2014.

Advising Nonprofits provides a comprehensive, practical road map for identifying legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff and the attorneys who advise them. This information is especially important as nonprofits seek to comply with the Nonprofit Revitalization Act's requirements. "The Act made wide-ranging changes to the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law for the first time in more than forty years," says Lawyers Alliance Executive Director and Advising Co-Editor Sean Delany. "All nonprofits incorporated in New York State, both charitable and non-charitable entities, are legally required to adopt governance policies and fiscal procedures that were until now considered best practices."

Co-Editor and Lawyers Alliance Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Perez says, "This edition of Advising Nonprofits also provides timely information to nonprofits and their attorneys on topics beyond the Nonprofit Revitalization Act that are critical to the operation of nonprofits in New York. The book helps identify areas where more in-depth legal counsel is needed."

Advising Nonprofits offers insight into key legal issues relating to corporate structure, board governance, contracts, regulatory compliance, fundraising, personnel management, lobbying and political activity, intellectual property, and revenue-generating activities. Extensive Appendices contain model documents and practical checklists and charts, allowing nonprofits and their attorneys to easily and directly apply these concepts to their operations.

Advising Nonprofits is available for purchase as a bound printed copy ($100) and as both an Individual Use ($100) and Site License ($200) PDF download. The electronic versions include linked table of contents, index, and websites. Please visit Lawyers Alliance's website at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php for more information.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York: Founded in 1969, 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 helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 13 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments to represent more than 670 nonprofit clients on more than 1,100 matters.

About the Editors: Lawyers Alliance for New York's Executive Director Sean Delany positions the organization among peer institutions, law firms, community-based organizations, and the general public. He advises nonprofits in the areas of exempt organizations tax law and nonprofit law, and teaches a Business Law Transactions Clinic at New York University School of Law.

Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Perez leads Lawyers Alliance's Urban Health program area, which focuses on services to nonprofits engaged in preventative health, healthy aging, food security, and making New York City a greener place. In addition, she advises Lawyers Alliance's full range of nonprofit clients about business and transactional law issues.

Contact: For information about this publication, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Crossan at: ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org or 212-219-1800 ext. 233.

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  45th Anniversary Business Law & Leadership Gala Celebrating Lawyers, Nonprofits, and Communities
   
  Matthew Mallow, Diana Weiss, and James Silkenat to be honored for public service leadership; Lawyers Alliance celebrates 45th anniversary
   
 

New York , NY , May 05, 2014 --
On May 7, 2014, more than 450 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors will gather at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance's 45th Anniversary Business Law & Leadership Gala. The annual event highlights the partnership between New York's business lawyers and the nonprofits that provide vital services to New York City communities. This year's event will also celebrate Lawyers Alliance's 45 years as the leading provider of business and transactional legal services to nonprofits.

This year's distinguished honorees are:

Matthew J. Mallow, Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, BlackRock, Inc. Mr. Mallow has been BlackRock's General Counsel since 2012 and is a member of its Global Executive Committee. He is responsible for all legal affairs and regulatory compliance for BlackRock. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Mallow was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he led the Corporate Finance department. BlackRock's philanthropic focus is providing young people around the world with financial education and tools, as well as the mentoring and training they need to build better futures for themselves and their families. Mr. Mallow was a founder of the Council of New York Law Associates (Lawyers Alliance's original name), in 1969, on the Board beginning in 1970, and the Steering Committee in 1972. Over the past 40 years, he has continued to champion pro bono legal services by members of the private bar, and currently serves on Lawyers Alliance's Board of Advisors.

Diana Weiss, General Counsel, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Ms. Weiss has been PricewaterhouseCoopers' General Counsel since 2012. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner with the law firm King & Spalding, and prior to that, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Through programs such as Earn Your Future, PwC's $160 million national commitment to youth education with a focus on financial literacy, and PwC's 55,695 hours spent volunteering in the nonprofit community last year, PwC and Ms. Weiss embody a civic-minded spirit. The PwC legal team recently conducted a pro bono clinic to help Lawyers Alliance clients understand their responsibilities under the new Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

James R. Silkenat, President, American Bar Association and Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP Mr. Silkenat, a partner in the New York office of law firm Sullivan & Worcester and a member of its Corporate Department, is President of the 400,000 member American Bar Association. He has a long and distinguished ABA record directed at strengthening the legal profession and promoting services to underrepresented and underserved communities. Before his election by the ABA House of Delegates last year, he was a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1990. Mr. Silkenat's public service is rooted in his participation as a key member of the Council of New York Law Associates, serving as Board Chair and Steering Committee member in the mid-1970s.

Aric Press, Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief, ALM Media, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. During Mr. Press' tenure at ALM and The American Lawyer, the magazine has undertaken a series of initiatives, including the A-List issue, that have encouraged an increase in law firm pro bono activity.

The event will provide an overview of Lawyers Alliance's scope of services for New York City nonprofits improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Lawyers Alliance Board Chair John D. Lobrano states, "We are proud to mark the 45th anniversary of Lawyers Alliance this year. Lawyers Alliance's commitment to New York City nonprofits, a commitment shared by our honorees, volunteers, and other supporters, continues to enrich and empower communities. We thank our honorees, volunteers, supporters, clients, and staff and wish Lawyers Alliance continued success."

For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.php

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. Our network of pro bono lawyers from law firms and corporations and staff of experienced attorneys collaborate to deliver expert corporate, tax, real estate, employment, intellectual property, and other legal services to community organizations. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Each year, Lawyers Alliance's 14 staff attorneys and more than 1,400 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporate legal departments serve 640 nonprofit clients on more than 1,000 different legal matters. In addition, Lawyers Alliance provides a broad range of educational opportunities for nonprofit managers on legal issues.


Press contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 212-219-1800 x 233, ecrossan@lawyersalliance.org

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