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

Join us!

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.

Resources in this Practice Area

***NEW: Albany Law School's Nonprofit Formation Tool, a web-based document assembly tool for easily creating a certificate of incorporation and by-laws for a non-membership-based non-profit under NY law.

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. The Roster contains a information on other members of this practice area. 

What's New

The News tab now contains:

- Megan Vallerie, Elizabeth Dahill, Stephanie Grimaldi, Willard Moore, and Joshua Hager's Volunteer Accomplishment

- Stephani Hildebrandt's Volunteer Accomplishment

- Tammy Lam and Daniel Schloss's Volunteer Accomplishment

- Nathan Greene's Volunteer Accomplishment

- Jonathan Jacobs, Ramsay Randall, and Richard Stempler's Volunteer Accomplishment

- Exponentum National Day of Service

- Samantha Braunstein and Marissa Yu's Volunteer Accomplishment

-  David Lichstein and Mercedes Samavi's Volunteer Accomplishment

-  Evan Parness' Volunteer Accomplishment

-  Blaise Latella and Kathleen Chastaine's Volunteer Accomplishment

-  Greg Dolinsky's Volunteer Accomplishment

-  The new edition of Bylaws That Work.

-  The new edition of Getting Organized.

-  The new edition of Advising Nonprofits.

The Governance folder now contains:

- Sample Conflicts of Interest and Whistleblower policies related to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

- Updated Nonprofit Revitalization Act Compliance Checklist

- FAQs 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 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 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.