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Join this site. This section contains resources to help business and transactional lawyers, as well as law students and faculty who are advising nonprofit and community development organizations that serve low income and disadvantaged communities.

This area is hosted by Lawyers Alliance for New York and was developed with generous technical assistance from the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Resources in this Practice Area

This practice area offers a variety of features to support your work on behalf of nonprofit clients. The Library contains memoranda and outlines on legal topics as well as sample forms that are useful to attorneys representing nonprofits. New Cases lists examples of current and recent volunteer opportunities for attorneys who want to use their business and transactional law skills to help nonprofit clients through Lawyers Alliance.

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You can become a member of this practice area by clicking on Join this area. It is not necessary to take a pro bono case to join, but there are many nonprofits that would welcome and benefit from pro bono legal help as they pursue their efforts to improve the quality of life in New York's neighborhoods!

Pro bono legal assistance, in the practice of "Community Development & Nonprofit Law," is one important tool that enables nonprofit groups to work more efficiently and to maximize their impact in the communities in which they operate.

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. 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, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

Each year, hundreds of Lawyers Alliance volunteers, from a network of more than 100 of the City's finest law firms and corporate legal departments, work with our staff attorneys to represent at least 600 nonprofit clients on more than 1000 legal matters.

Feel free to contact Lawyers Alliance for further information!

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What's New

The News tab now contains information about the new edition of Bylaws That Work.

The News tab now contains information about the new edition of Getting Organized.

Join us for our CLEs "CLE Accredited Live Webinar: Related Party Transactions and Conflicts of Interest" on March 25 or "Live CLE Program: Organizing and Advising Nonprofits (Book Launch and CLE Event)" on April 20.

The News tab now contains information about the new edition of Advising Nonprofits.

The Governance folder now contains Sample Conflicts of Interest and Whistleblower policies related to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

The Employment Law folder now contains a memo on compliance with the Executive Compensation provisions of EO 38.

The Governance folder now contains FAQs related to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

The Governance folder now contains a checklist for pro bono attorneys to use when evaluating their clients need to update documents in light of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

The Affordable Housing folder now contains a legal alert for organizations forming a HDFC with the New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

Volunteer Recognition: 2013 Cornerstone Honorees

The Governance folder now contains nine sample policies related to the New York State Gateway webinars held by Lawyers Alliance on September 11 and 12, 2013.

The Employment Law folder now contains two documents entitled 2013 Model Employee Handbook and 2013 Model Personnel Manual-- Additional Individual Policies that are excellent references for pro bono counsel seeking to create or revise an employee handbook.

Lawyers Alliance for New York is pleased to announce the release of the Fifth Edition of Advising Nonprofits, a comprehensive guide to legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff, board members, and the attorneys who advise them. The Publications by Lawyers Alliance for New York and CLE Materials folder now contains the press release for this highly anticipated publication. In addition, the publications page of our website has information on how to order printed and PDF copies of Advising Nonprofits.

The Program Preservation folder now contains the Executive Summary to the report Charting the Course: Legal Help for Nonprofits in Troubled Times, a new Lawyers Alliance publication that provides proven business and legal strategies to help nonprofit leaders, board members, and their legal advisors meet the continuing challenges posed by a weak economy. This Executive Summary identifies the primary themes and proven strategies discussed in the full report.

The Lobbying and Political Activity folder now contains a document entitled Nonprofit Organizations and Legislative Lobbying FAQs that provides an introduction to the many ways that legislative advocacy by nonprofit organizations is regulated at the federal, state, and city level.

The Disaster Relief Assistance for Nonprofits folder now contains legal alerts in four areas, Commercial Real Estate Leases, Employment Law, Insurance Coverage, and Providing Disaster Relief that can assist nonprofits in the wake of Hurricane Sandy as part of Lawyers Alliance's Disaster Relief Initiative.

The Mergers and Strategic Alliances folder now contains a subfolder Collaborations with a sample linkage agreement, coordination agreement, collaboration agreement, subcontract agreement, and a due diligence checklist.

These new documents along with other valuable volunteer materials are available in our Library. We have posted an Index of Library Documents, listing all of the available sample forms, documents, and memoranda in the Library.

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