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September 2010 Volunteer Feature: Herb Sue, Second Acts® Attorney

Herb SueHerb Sue, who was with Ernst & Young for 19 years, retired in 2009 from the firm as one of its Associate General Counsels. Since joining The Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project (CDP) as a Second Acts® attorney, he has worked with a respected faith-based nonprofit organization that has deep roots in the East Harlem community. The organization runs a program in which volunteers are placed in low-income neighborhoods and spend a year living in community housing with other volunteers, working alongside human services and health care professionals. The volunteers may teach, provide social services, organize adult education and after-school programs, and engage in economic development activities.

Mr. Sue has provided welcomed counsel to the community-based nonprofit. The organization's volunteer placement agreement had never been reviewed by counsel. Working with CDP staff, he re-worked the agreement to clarify the limited nature of the relationship between the nonprofit and the social services agencies following placement. The revised agreement recently was reviewed and adopted by our client.

Second Acts® is a pilot project, funded by the Pro Bono Institute, to establish innovative and replicable public interest law opportunities for transitioning and retired attorneys. Talking about his experience as a Second Acts® attorney, Mr. Sue said, "Second Acts® has allowed me to give back to the community, but I've had the added benefit of making new friends and learning completely new areas of the law".

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