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Bloomberg Law to Offer Complimentary Platform Access to Lawyers Alliance for New York (December 17, 2018)
Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2018 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations (November 09, 2018)
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)

  Bloomberg Law to Offer Complimentary Platform Access to Lawyers Alliance for New York
   
  Bloomberg Law to be Utilized to Offer Legal Assistance to Nonprofits Across New York City
   
 

Arglington , VA , December 17, 2018 --
Bloomberg Law and Lawyers Alliance for New York today announced an agreement that provides Lawyers Alliance complimentary access to Bloomberg Law - an integrated online solution that incorporates practice tools, legal research, and legal intelligence. Lawyers Alliance, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods, will utilize Bloomberg Law to support its mission of helping nonprofits overcome the legal challenges they face when pursuing their missions.

"Bloomberg Law allows our staff to improve quality assistance to nonprofits in a way that saves time and money in our daily work," said Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance's Deputy Executive Director. "We applaud Bloomberg Law for supporting our pro bono efforts to provide legal assistance that strengthen the programs, finances, and operations of New York City nonprofits."

"We're gratified to be able to support the efforts of pro bono organizations like Lawyers Alliance," said Joe Breda, President, Bloomberg Law. "The broad array of tools and resources on Bloomberg Law delivers Lawyers Alliance a unique solution to meet the wide-ranging legal research and legal intelligence needs of their clients. We applaud the great work that Lawyers Alliance has done throughout the city over the past five decades and look forward to working collaboratively with its staff to maximize the value it gets from Bloomberg Law."

This agreement extends Bloomberg Law's commitment to supporting the needs of the pro bono legal community. Bloomberg Law has entered into similar agreements with D.C. Legal Aid and the D.C. Affordable Law Firm. For more information on Bloomberg Law, visit https://www.bna.com/bloomberglaw/.

About Lawyers Alliance for New York
Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to develop and provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages. Staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work with more than 1,900 volunteer attorneys to represent approximately 700 nonprofit clients on 1,200 matters each year and assists hundreds more through educational programs. For more information visit http://www.lawyersalliance.org/.

About Bloomberg Law Bloomberg Law helps legal professionals provide world-class counsel with access to actionable legal intelligence in a business context. Bloomberg Law delivers a unique combination of practical guidance, comprehensive primary and secondary source material, trusted content from Bloomberg BNA, news, time-saving practice tools, market data and business intelligence. For more information, visit www.bna.com/bloomberglaw.

Contacts:
Bloomberg Law, David Peikin, (703) 341-5900, dpeikin@bloomberglaw.com

Lawyers Alliance for New York, Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, (212) 219-1800 ext. 231, eguggenheimer@lawyersalliance.org

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  Lawyers Alliance for New York Announces 2018 Cornerstone Awards for Lawyers Providing Superior Pro Bono Service to Nonprofit Organizations
   
  Ceremony to take place on November 13
   
 

New York , NY , November 09, 2018 --
Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that a leading corporation and a leading law firm - Bloomberg L.P. and O'Melveny & Myers LLP - are recipients of the 2018 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 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Viacom, 1515 Broadway in New York City.

The Cornerstone Award winners also include 12 outstanding individuals selected from more than 1,900 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.

"Lawyers Alliance is pleased to celebrate the generous attorneys who have donated their time and expertise to help nonprofits thrive. This year's winners inspire their colleagues and clients with their dedication," said Peter M. Labonski, Chair of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance.

This year's Institutional Cornerstone awardees are:

Bloomberg L.P.: Bloomberg L.P.'s commitment and actions set the highest standard for pro bono excellence. At Bloomberg, philanthropy and service have always been an integral part of the company's culture. The legal team has displayed a dedication to pro bono, and enthusiasm, responsiveness, and willingness to go above and beyond to help nonprofit organizations. More than 40 Bloomberg lawyers have provided pro bono assistance to more than 25 nonprofits on more than 30 different pro bono projects through Lawyers Alliance since 2016. These attorneys have donated their expertise in all three of Lawyers Alliance's core pro bono project categories: in-depth legal representation, consultations during pro bono clinics, and training for nonprofit managers.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP: O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a standout in the legal sector because of its dedication to excellence, innovation, and civic responsibility. Its drive to lead is consistently evident in its pro bono program. More than 90 percent of the firm's lawyers regularly participate in pro bono projects, donating more than 6 percent of the firm's annual total hours to these efforts. O'Melveny has partnered with Lawyers Alliance for more than 25 years. This includes assistance to more than 25 clients on more than 30 legal matters since 2013, with 17 new matters since 2016. Lawyers Alliance is recognizing O'Melveny with its highest award because of the firm's longstanding pro bono commitment, the significant complexity and volume of its transactional pro bono work, and the positive impact of this work on nonprofits improving the lives of New Yorkers.

"Lawyers Alliance is pleased to present these two remarkable organizations with Institutional Cornerstone Awards, our most significant pro bono honor, reflecting a substantial breadth, depth, quality, and impact of business and transactional law pro bono," noted Sean Delany, Lawyers Alliance's Executive Director.

This year's Individual Cornerstone awardees are:

Grace Ang, UBS: For providing intellectual property pro bono legal assistance to four growing nonprofits serving vulnerable populations.

Roger A. Cohen, Goodwin Procter LLP: For making complex healthcare rules clearer for a dozen nonprofit providers over the past decade.

Chirag K. Dedania, Latham & Watkins LLP: For delivering responsive business and transactional legal assistance to multiple organizations, including three matters for an environmental health group.

Irah Donner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP: For helping eleven nonprofits protect their intellectual property or negotiate complex technology agreements.

Tara Ellis, Seyfarth Shaw LLP: For providing much-needed employment law advice, including employee handbooks and trainings, to eight community organizations in three years.

Salvatore Gogliormella and Matthew Dulak, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP: For collaborating to assist nonprofits in the development of safe housing for vulnerable women and families.

Fred T. Goldberg, Jr. and Nancy G. Rubin, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: For leading a team of colleagues counseling a nonprofit organization working to make college more financially accessible to all New York City students.

Richard Horowitz, Dechert LLP: For helping Brooklyn community organizations with contract, structuring, and real estate matters, including a multi-year project for community arts space.

Marc Kushner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP: For making pro bono service a priority throughout his career, volunteering with Lawyers Alliance for more than two decades to help improve nonprofit organizations' governance.

Ari J. Markenson, Winston & Strawn LLP: For sharing his expertise and time to guide community-based providers through complicated healthcare regulatory changes.

"Since the inaugural Cornerstone Awards in 1997, only 222 of our 7,800 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 14 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 1,900 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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  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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