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History and 45th Anniversary

Lawyers Alliance for New York was founded in 1969 as The Council of New York Law Associates by a small group of young lawyers who were driven by a spirit of political activism and a desire to give something back to their city. The Council served as a clearinghouse for lawyers offering pro bono legal services, and its volunteers provided assistance in a diverse array of community action projects.

As New York City changed, so did the Council. With the growing power of the nonprofit sector to create positive and enduring change, the Council developed new initiatives in the 1980s to advise nonprofit housing groups and other community-based organizations in corporate, real estate and tax law. It also established its expertise as a legal resource center and advocate for the nonprofit sector.

With this evolution, the Council changed its name to Lawyers Alliance for New York in 1991. Since the late 1990s Lawyers Alliance has implemented numerous program priorities and special initiatives that are tailored to the programmatic and legal needs of its dynamic and remarkable nonprofit clients. During the past five years, Lawyers Alliance established expanded services and visibility in the advocacy and national arenas and provided vital support to nonprofits affected by the Great Recession and Hurricane Sandy. Currently, Lawyers Alliance is taking a leading role in assisting nonprofits in complying with the Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

Lawyers Alliance continues to reflect its founders' vision: that lawyers could and should be a vital force for change. Lawyers Alliance mobilizes talented business lawyers from every discipline to help make New York City a better place to live and work.

Preamble, By-laws of The Council of New York Law Associates
What Distinguishes Lawyers Alliance?
Clients Spanning More Than Ten Years
Volunteer Institutions From Past Ten Years
45th Anniversary Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

1999 - 2009: achieving advances and unprecedented growth
Invigorated new and expanded program priorities, resolving to support the work of more nonprofit organizations in all five boroughs of New York City
Led disaster relief initiative in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to assist nonprofits both affected by the disaster and responding to it
Delivered business and transactional legal services to more than 1,300 nonprofit clients on more than 3,000 legal matters
Experienced substantial growth in volunteer network, increasing to 1,400 pro bono attorneys annually by 2009

2009 - 2013: responding to the evolving needs of the nonprofit and legal sectors
Created program preservation initiative to help nonprofits cope with the economic downturn at a time of increased demand for their services
Launched program priorities that focus on community arts and urban health and renewed commitment to affordable housing, children and youth services, and economic development
Reactivated disaster relief initiative in response to devastation caused in New York City neighborhoods by Hurricane Sandy
Expanded advocacy initiative to increase voice in public policy discussions and inform nonprofits about laws and regulations pertinent to electioneering activity
Coordinated national network of business law pro bono programs serving nonprofits

2014 and beyond: shaping the future
Lawyers Alliance continues to expand our legal and educational services to meet the evolving needs of dynamic nonprofits serving New York City, while increasing our presence and impact in the national arena

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What Distinguishes Lawyers Alliance?
Our focus is strengthening the nonprofit sector.
We provide high-quality business and transactional law services to nonprofits.
We operate a staff-supported pro bono program, with volunteers from law firms and corporations.
Our pro bono model includes four key features: client outreach, client screening, volunteer attorney support, and volunteer attorney recognition.
We offer educational programs on nonprofit legal issues.
Lawyers Alliance is an established local, state, and national leader, both for nonprofit law and for business law pro bono.
We coordinate a national network of 13 business law pro bono organizations serving nonprofits across the country.
We advocate for legislative and regulatory change to benefit resource-constrained nonprofits.
Our work has a positive impact on New York City's low-income communities.

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

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Clients Spanning More Than Ten Years
African American Planning Commission, Inc. • AIDS Service Center NYC • Ali Forney Center • Alley Pond Environmental Center • Arab American Family Support Center • Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. • Bethex Federal Credit Union • Bridge Street Development Corporation • Bronx Charter School for the Arts • BronxWorks • Brooklyn Community Services • Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union • Brooklyn Free School • Brooklyn Neighborhood Improvement Association • CAMBA, Inc. • Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation • Cause Effective • Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI) • Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY) • Chess-in-the-Schools • Chinese-American Planning Council • Coalition for Asian American Children & Families • Committee for Early Childhood Development • Community Access • Community Life Center Arthur Eugene & Thelma Adair Head Start • Community Voices Heard • Contemporary Ballet Theatre • Coro New York Leadership Center • Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. • Counseling Service of EDNY • D.E.B.R.A. of America • Diaspora Community Services • Directions For Our Youth, Inc. • Do Something, Inc. • DOROT • Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) • Dress for Success Worldwide • East Harlem Block Schools • East Harlem Business Capital Corporation • El Barrio's Operation Fightback • Explore Charter School • Fifth Avenue Committee • Figure Skating in Harlem • Gambian Society in New York, Inc. • Girls for Gender Equity, Inc. • Girls Incorporated of New York City • Global Kids • Go To Health! Ambuslatory Care • Goddard Riverside Community Center • Good Dog Foundation • Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) • Grand Street Settlement • Greater Jamaica Development Corporation • Greater New York Al-Anon Family Intergroup, Inc. • Greenwich House • Habitat for Humanity New York City • Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) • Harlem Dowling West Side Center For Children and Family Services • Harlem RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) • Health People • Hour Children • Housing Conservation Coordinators • Human Services Council of New York City• Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation • Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy • Imani House, Inc. • Iris House • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement • Jazzmobile, Inc. • Jericho Project • La Fuerza Unida • Legal Information For Families Today (LIFT) • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House • Literacy Assistance Center • Local Development Corporation of East New York • Lower East Side Business Improvement District • Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union • Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council • Moravian Open Door • Movimiento Missionero Mundial Inc. • Mutual Housing Association of New York • National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions • Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City • New Alternatives for Children • New Destiny Housing Corporation • New York Asian Women's Center • New York Center for Interpersonal Development • New York City Coalition Against Hunger • New York City Financial Network Action Consortium • New York Immigration Coalition • New York Mortgage Coalition • New York Therapeutic Riding Center • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) • Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation • Outstanding Renewal Enterprises, Inc. • Partnership with Children, Inc. • Pathways to Housing • Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) • Project Hospitality • Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council • Read Works • Regional EMS Council of NYC, Inc. • Richmond Senior Services • Riverdale Neighborhood House • Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families • September's Mission Foundation • Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) • Settlement Housing Fund • Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services (SACFS) • South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)• St. Christopher's, Inc. • St. Nicks Alliance • Sunnyside Community Services • The Floating Hospital • Turning Point • Union Settlement Association • Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) • Urban Upbound • Violence Intervention Program, Inc. • Visiting Neighbors • Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) • Workforce Professionals Training Institute • Working in Support of Education (WISE) • World Cares Center/September Space • YM-YWHA of Washington Heights Inwood

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Volunteer Institutions During Past Ten Years
Accenture LLP • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP • Alston & Bird LLP • Altria Group • American Express • American International Group, Inc. • Arent Fox LLP • Arnold & Porter LLP • Baker & McKenzie LLP • Baker Botts L.L.P. • Bingham McCutchen LLP • Blank Rome LLP • BNY Mellon • Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC • Brown Rudnick LLP • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP • Bryan Cave LLP • Business Law Transactions Clinic - New York University School of Law • CA Technologies • Cablevision • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP • CBS Corporation • Chadbourne & Parke LLP • Citigroup Inc. • Clark Hill PLC • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP • Clifford Chance US LLP • Cognizant Technology Solutions • Colgate-Palmolive Company • Columbia University Law School • Consolidated Edison Company of New York • Covington & Burling LLP • Cozen O'Connor • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP • Credit Suisse • Crowell & Moring LLP • Cullen and Dykman LLP • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP • Davis & Gilbert LLP • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP • Dechert LLP • Dentons US LLP • Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP • Dickstein Shapiro LLP • DLA Piper LLP (US) • Dorsey & Whitney LLP • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP • Duane Morris LLP • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP • Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C. • Farrell Fritz, P.C. • Feldman, Golinski, Reedy + Senouf, PLLC • Fish & Richardson P.C. • Fordham Law School Clinic • Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C. • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP • Gide Loyrette Nouel • Goldman, Sachs & Co. • Goodwin Procter LLP • Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moddy, P.C. • Greenberg Traurig, LLP • Haynes and Boone, LLP • Herrick, Feinstein LLP • Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP • Hogan Lovells US LLP • Holland & Knight LLP • Home Box Office, Inc. • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP • Hunton & Williams LLP • Jackson Lewis P.C. • Jenner & Block LLP • Jones Day • K&L Gates LLP • Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP • Kaye Scholer LLP • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP • King & Spalding LLP • Kirkland & Ellis LLP • Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP • Klein Zelman Rothermel Jacobs and Schess LLP • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP • Ladas & Parry LLP • Latham & Watkins LLP • Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP • Linklaters LLP • Loeb & Loeb LLP • Lowenstein Sandler PC • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP • Mayer Brown LLP • McCarter & English, LLP • McDermott Will & Emery LLP • Menaker & Herrmann LLP • MetLife Inc. • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP • Mintz & Gold LLP • Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP • Morrison & Foerster LLP • Moses & Singer, LLP • National Broadcasting Company, Inc. • Nixon Peabody LLP • Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP • O'Melveny & Myers LLP • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP • Patton Boggs LLP • Paul Hastings LLP • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • Pepper Hamilton LLP • Perkins Coie LLP • Pfizer Inc • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP • PR Newswire Association • Proskauer Rose LLP • Pryor Cashman LLP • Rains & Pogrebin, P.C. • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP • Ropes & Gray LLP • Schoeman Updike Kaufman Stern & Ascher LLP • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP • Seyfarth Shaw LLP • Shearman & Sterling LLP • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP • Sidley Austin LLP • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP • Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • Steptoe & Johnson LLP • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP • Szold & Brandwen, P.C. • The Atlantic Philanthropies • The McGraw-Hill Companies • Time Warner Inc. • Torys LLP • Toys "R" Us, Inc. • Troutman Sanders LLP • Venable LLP • Verizon • Viacom Inc. • Vinson & Elkins LLP • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP • White & Case LLP • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP • WilmerHale • Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP • Winston & Strawn LLP • Ziff Davis, LLC

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45th Anniversary Celebration
What started as a 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2009 has evolved into our annual Business Law & Leadership Gala, honoring the partnership between lawyers and nonprofits and their power to transform New York City communities.

The 45th Anniversary Business Law & Leadership Gala was held on May 7, 2014 at Gotham Hall.

See videos, program and sponsor slideshows, and photos from previous Galas.

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