Improving the quality of life in New York City neighbourhoods

The Pro Bono Cause

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.

The Osler Pro Bono Connection

Marc Kushner, a corporate partner in Osler’s New York office, has supported the Lawyers Alliance for New York since 1995, providing assistance on a wide range of matters and arranging for other Osler lawyers to get involved as well. Most recently, he donated his time to help local nonprofits improve their governance practices. Marc and his team members drafted revised bylaws for the Center for Popular Democracy and its sister 501(c)(4) organization, CPD Action, to give their partner organizations a more formal role in governance and to ensure compliance with the most recent amendments to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. Marc also recently revised the governance documents of Women for Afghan Women, an organization committed to ensuring the human rights of Afghan women. Marc has also been involved in a number of other pro-bono matters for Lawyers Alliance, including work for the following organizations: Hali Foundation, Kings Bay YM-YWHA Inc., Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Baller City Basketball, Western New York Law Center and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.

On November 13, 2018, Marc received a 2018 Cornerstone Award from the Lawyers Alliance for New York “for making pro bono service a priority throughout his career.” The Cornerstone Awards are the highest business law pro bono honour in New York and recognize outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life for low-income New Yorkers.

Volunteer Reflections

"I love working with Lawyers Alliance and its committed clients! Helping to advance the goals of these diverse organizations has been a highlight of my work as a lawyer; it has enriched my practice and been an endlessly gratifying way to give back to our New York community."  Marc Kushner

Marc Kushner

Marc Kushner: Corporate Partner
mkushner@osler.com
New York