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Bankruptcy

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Bylaw Review

Client: Refugees for Refugees

County: Erie, NY

Legal Work Required: Refugees for Refugees seek assistance with a review and revision of its Certificate of Incorporation (including a name change) and Bylaws.

Mission: Refugees for Refugees (www.scwnyroc.org) seeks to foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of the refugee community by making them agents to their own advancement. Refugees for Refugees provides English as a Second Language courses, assists refugees in accessing services and provides services for senior citizens and operates a youth sports league.

Matter No.: 34-093.1

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Client: Steppin' Up Yonkers

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: Steppin' Up Yonkers seeks assistance with review of its bylaws and related corporate governance documents for compliance with the New York Revitalization Act. (The Partnership has template documents available for use by the volunteer lawyer.)

Mission: Steppin' Up Yonkers provides community members the skills, knowledge and opportunities needed to effect neighborhood change.

Matter No.: 34-003.7

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Client: Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue

County: Monmouth, NJ

Legal Work Required: Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue requests assistance with the review of its Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Mission: Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue (www.pickyourpaw.org) rescues dogs from high kill shelters and abandonment and rehabilitate and foster them until they are ready for placement.

Matter No.: 34-148.2

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Client: Educate America Right Now

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: Educate America Right Now seeks assistance with drafting bylaws and other corporate governance documents.

Mission: Educate America Right Now (www.educateamericarightnow.org) provides financial and skills support to adults seeking their first college-level degree.

Matter No.: 34-089.1

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Client: H.O.P.E. For Ex-Offenders, Inc.

County: Bergen, NJ

Legal Work Required: H.O.P.E. For Ex-Offenders requests assistance with the review of its Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Mission: H.O.P.E. for Ex-Offenders, Inc. works to help ex-offender reestablish themselves as productive members of society and as providers for their family.

Matter No.: 34-132.1

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Client: Hartford Friends of Wallace Stevens, Inc.

County: Hartford, CT

Legal Work Required: Hartford Friends of Wallace Stevens requests assistance with review and revision of Certificate of Incorporation and bylaws.

Mission: Hartford Friends of Wallace Stevens (www.stevenspoetry.org) works to encourage awareness of this internationally renowned poet in his hometown of Hartford; create programs in poetry, reading, and literacy in Stevens' name; and leverage Stevens' prominence in art and business for civic good in Hartford.

Matter No.: 08-125.5

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Client: The Shrewsbury Chorale

County: Monmouth, NJ

Legal Work Required: The Shrewsbury Chorale requests assistance with review of the Organization's Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Mission: The Shrewsbury Chorale (www.shrewsburychorale.org) presents the highest quality performances of diverse choral music to the entire community, including those unable to attend public concerts, and to develop its members' talents by providing a challenging musical environment.

Matter No.: 34-158.2

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Client: Family Service Society of Yonkers

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: Family Service Society of Yonkers seeks assistance with a review of its bylaws and related corporate governance documents for compliance with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act. (The Partnership has template documents available for use by the volunteer lawyer.)

Mission: The mission of the Family Service Society of Yonkers (www.fssy.org) is to be the premier provider of human services through a range of programs focusing on home health care, diverse family support and advocacy. FSSY serves individuals and families to increase and enhance their quality of life.

Matter No.: 22-049.010

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Contracts

Client: Charity Navigator

County: Bergen, NJ

Legal Work Required: Charity Navigator seeks assistance with preparing an agreement by which it will (i) train parties to use its rating methodologies, (ii) approve the trainees' proficiency in using the methodologies, and (iii) license the trainees' use of those methodologies with nonprofits seeking to improve their Charity Navigator ratings.

Mission: Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org)works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities.

Matter No.: 28-106.38

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Client: Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association

County: Fairfield, CT

Legal Work Required: Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association seeks assistance with a review of waiver and application forms used in connection with the Organization's travel service/vaccination program.

Mission: The mission of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (www.ridgefieldvna.org) is to provide remarkable home health care, foster community-based wellness and promote public health and safety in the Greater Ridgefield community.

Matter No.: 26-053.016

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Corporate

Client: HiTops Inc.

County: Mercer, NJ

Legal Work Required: HiTops Inc. requests assistance in reviewing the terms of an endowment and its investment policy statement for its endowment fund.

Mission: The mission of Health-Interested Teens' Own Program on Sexuality (HiTOPS, Inc.) (www.hitops.org) is to promote improving adolescent decision-making concerning sexual health.

Matter No.: 34-140-1

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Client: AngelaCARES, Inc.

County: Hudson, NJ

Legal Work Required: AngelaCARES requests assistance with review of corporate governance policies.

Mission: AngelaCARES (www.angelacares.org) serves as an advocate and support system for senior citizens, a support system for senior caregivers, and a mentor for youth.

Matter No.: 33-164.1

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Client: International Institute of Connecticut, Inc.

County: Fairfield, CT

Legal Work Required: International Institute of Connecticut seeks assistance with structuring a new social enterprise program.

Mission: The International Institute of Connecticut (www.iiconn.org)www.iiconn.org) is a non-sectarian social service agency assisting immigrants, refugees and their families.

Matter No.: 98-022.011

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Client: Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

County: New York, NY

Legal Work Required: Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy assistance with protection against potential liability for sponsoring a therapist traveling abroad to provide training.

Mission: The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (www.icpnyc.org) provides low cost psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups.

Matter No.: 99-049.062

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Client: Protestant Community Centers

County: Essex, NJ

Legal Work Required: Protestant Community Centers requests assistance with dissolution of the organization.

Mission: Protestant Community Centers (www.pcci-sceep.org) provides programs designed to broaden and enrich the lives of the disadvantaged children and families of Newark.

Matter No.: 34-056.1

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Client: North Central Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

County: Hartford, CT

Legal Work Required: North Central Area Agency on Aging requests assistance to Connecticut's five Area Agencies on Aging with determining the best structure from which to contract as a group with certain state-wide founders, including engaging in collaborative grant writing.

Mission: North Central Area Agency on Aging (www.ncaaact.org) works to enhance the quality of life for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers in the North Central CT region by ensuring that they have access to quality and cost effective services.

Matter No.: 08-462.9

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Corporate Governance/Compliance

Client: Coastal Volunteers in Medicine

County: Ocean, NJ

Legal Work Required: Coastal Volunteers in Medicine requests assistance with the application of New Jersey Department of Health regulations to its operations. The client seeks guidance on (i) whether the NJ Department of Health has jurisdiction over its operations given its organizational structure and its method of providing patient care services and (ii) whether it must be licensed as an Ambulatory Care Facility if it provides services for more than eight hours per week.

Mission: The mission of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine (www.coastalvim.org) is to provide primary, non-emergency medical services to persons without any health insurance nor Medicaid and a family income of up to 250% above the Federal Poverty level.

Matter No.: 34-130.1

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Corporate Merger

Client: Passaic River Coalition

County: Morris, NJ

Legal Work Required: Passaic River Coalition has requested assistance with a merger with another nonprofit.

Mission: The mission of Passaic River Coalition (www.passaicriver.org) is to improve the water resources of the Passaic River Watershed through various means , including environmental research, land management, and preservation of open spaces.

Matter No.: 23-142.028

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Client: The Great Swamp Watershed Association

County: Morris, NJ

Legal Work Required: The Great Swamp Watershed Association requests assistance with a possible merger with or asset acquisition from another nonprofit.

Mission: The Great Swamp Watershed Association (www.greatswamp.org) is dedicated to protecting and improving water resources in Morris and Somerset Counties by monitoring local streams, advocating for intelligent land use, and educating communities about water quality and quantity and their effect on the health and natural beauty of the local environment.

Matter No.: 33-026.13

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E-Commerce/Internet

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Education/Workshops

Client: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

County: Dutchess, NY

Legal Work Required: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater seeks an attorney to conduct anti-harassment training for its staff.

Mission: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (www.clearwater.org)www.clearwater.org) works to establish a clean and healthy Hudson River through a combination of educational programming and environmental advocacy.

Matter No.: 26-055.012

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Employment/Labor/Employee Benefits

Client: Refugees for Refugees

County: Erie, NY

Legal Work Required: Refugees for Refugees seeks assistance with the review of their Policies and Procedures Manual.

Mission: Refugees for Refugees (www.scwnyroc.org) seeks to foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of the refugee community by making them agents to their own advancement. Refugees for Refugees provides English as a Second Language courses, assists refugees in accessing services and provides services for senior citizens and operates a youth sports league.

Matter No.: 34-093.2

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Client: Junior League of Westchester on the Sound

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: Junior League of Westchester on the Sound seeks assistance with the review of its employee handbook.

Mission: The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound (www.jlwos.org) promotes volunteerism, develops the potential of women, and improves the Sound Shore communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Matter No.: 27-223.010

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Client: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Westchester

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Westchester requests a review of a volunteer application form.

Mission: The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Westchester is the local affiliate of NAMI (www.nami.org), the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases, through advocacy, research, support, and education.

Matter No.: 26-191.010

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Client: Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN)

County: Morris, NJ

Legal Work Required: Morris Automated Information Network requests advice regarding hiring its first employee.

Mission: Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) (www.mainlib.org) aspires to help member libraries and the communities they serve to readily access a rich spectrum of library, educational and information resources.

Matter No.: 33-096.3

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Client: YWCA of Bergen County

County: Bergen, NJ

Legal Work Required: YWCA of Bergen County requests assistance with revising an offer letter to include a provision regarding commissions and drafting a commission plan.

Mission: YWCA of Bergen County (www.ywcabergencounty.org) works to create opportunities for women and girls and to eliminate racism, and provides child care, before and after school programs, summer camps, fitness programs, and a rape crisis counseling service.

Matter No.: 25-176.21

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Client: Inspirica, Inc.

County: Fairfield, CT

Legal Work Required: Inspirica requests advice regarding its 403b plan.

Mission: Inspirica, formerly known as St. Luke's LifeWorks (www.inspiricact.org), provides a foundation of housing and support services in Stamford, enabling clients to make positive changes in their lives towards self-sufficiency. Programs include emergency and transitional housing, life skills training and career training, child care, child advocacy and permanent supportive housing.

Matter No.: 22-068.047

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Client: Autism Services & Resources Connecticut

County: New Haven, CT

Legal Work Required: Autism Services & Resources Connecticut requests assistance with determining if one individual is properly characterized as independent contractor, and if answer is yes - assistance with drafting contract with her.

Mission: Autism Services & Resources Connecticut (www.autismconnecticut.org) works to help families walk the daily journey of autism and to promote lifelong access to opportunities for persons on the autism spectrum with the goal of being fully included and participating members of their communities.

Matter No.: 08-552.2

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Client: Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

County: Middlesex, CT

Legal Work Required: Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries requests assistance with review of draft social media policy for employees.

Mission: Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries ((www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org) is to provide the hungry with hot meals and groceries.

Matter No.: 08-404.9

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Client: Allies in Caring

County: Atlantic, NJ

Legal Work Required: Allies in Caring requests assistance in reviewing a contract pursuant to which it will make its therapist employees available to other organizations that provide therapy services to individuals.

Mission: Allies in Caring is a multi-cultural organization that provides counseling, education and advocacy to English, Spanish, and sign language users

Matter No.: 33-160.3

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Client: Autism Services & Resources Connecticut

County: New Haven, CT

Legal Work Required: Autism Services & Resources Connecticut requests assistance with drafting employment manual.

Mission: Autism Services & Resources Connecticut (www.autismconnecticut.org) works to help families walk the daily journey of autism and to promote lifelong access to opportunities for persons on the autism spectrum with the goal of being fully included and participating members of their communities.

Matter No.: 08-552.1

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Client: Spanish Community Of Wallingford

County: New Haven, CT

Legal Work Required: Spanish Community Of Wallingford requests assistance with drafting employee handbook.

Mission: Spanish Community of Wallingford (www.scowinc.org) responds to the needs of the Latino Community by assisting them to succeed in U.S. society, and to enable Latinos to maintain and share their rich varied cultures with the broader community.

Matter No.: 08-553.2

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Client: Spanish Community Of Wallingford

County: New Haven, CT

Legal Work Required: Spanish Community Of Wallingford requests assistance with DOL audit.

Mission: Spanish Community of Wallingford(www.scowinc.org) responds to the needs of the Latino Community by assisting them to succeed in U.S. society, and to enable Latinos to maintain and share their rich varied cultures with the broader community.

Matter No.: 08-553.1

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Client: Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind

County: Hartford, CT

Legal Work Required: Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind requests assistance with determining proper categorization of Association Director.

Mission: Connecticut Odyssey Of The Mind (COTM) (www.ctom.org) promotes the development of team-based, divergent problem solving by conducting an annual state competition for children K-12.

Matter No.: 08-558.1

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Client: CASA of Union County

County: Union, NJ

Legal Work Required: Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County requests assistance with drafting a new employee handbook.

Mission: Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County (www.casaofunioncounty.org) recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate for children in out-of-home placement.

Matter No.: 34-136.1

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Client: Elizabethport Presbyterian Center

County: Union, NJ

Legal Work Required: Elizabethport Presbyterian Center requests assistance with an unemployment compensation matter.

Mission: Elizabethport Presbyterian Center (www.eportcenter.org) provides youth and senior social services, childcare, job training, and reentry programs for the Elizabethport community.

Matter No.: 30-110.6

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Environmental/Land Use

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HIPAA

Client: HiTOPS Inc.

County: Mercer, NJ

Legal Work Required: HiTops, Inc. requests assistance with HIPAA and other applicable requirements for its health center operations.

Mission: The mission of Health-Interested Teens' Own Program on Sexuality (HiTOPS, Inc.) (www.hitops.org) is to promote improving adolescent decision-making concerning sexual health.

Matter No.: 34-140.3

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Immigration

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Incorporation/Tax Exemption

Client: Friends of the Springfield Free Public Library

County: Union, NJ

Legal Work Required: Friends of the Springfield Free Public Library requests assistance with reinstating the organization's tax-exempt status, including necessary amendments to its certificate of incorporation and bylaws.

Mission: The mission of Friends of the Springfield Free Public Library (www.springfieldpubliclibrary.com) is to raise money through fundraising events and collection of membership dues yearly to provide programs, materials and services for the patrons of the library.

Matter No.: 21-021.38

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Insurance and Risk Management

Client: United Way of Northern New Jersey

County: Morris, NJ

Legal Work Required: The United Way of Northern NJ has requested assistance with review of its agency funding agreements, specifically related to liability and insurance issues.

Mission: United Way of Northern New Jersey (www.unitedwaynnj.org) mobilizes resources to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in Morris, North Essex, Somerset, Sussex and Warren Counties.

Matter No.: 21-021.38

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Intellectual Property

Client: IDEA (The Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness)

County: Warren, NJ

Legal Work Required: IDEA [The Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness] requests assistance with respect to the organization's rights in two trademarks that are being used by unrelated parties.

Mission: IDEA (The Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness) (www.ideaevolution.org) synthesizes human, animal and environmental issues by taking a whole-systems approach to the world with the development of new paradigms in bioethics and system-based solutions at the intersection of these three issues.

Matter No.: 33-120.4

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Client: HiTOPS Inc.

County: Mercer, NJ

Legal Work Required: HiTops, Inc. requests assistance in determining the ownership of an educational program developed with state funding.

Mission: The mission of Health-Interested Teens' Own Program on Sexuality (HiTOPS, Inc.) (www.hitops.org) is to promote improving adolescent decision-making concerning sexual health.

Matter No.: 34-140.2

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Client: Educate America Right Now

County: New York, NY

Legal Work Required: Educate America Right Now seeks intellectual property assistance protecting name, logo and trademark.

Mission: Educate America Right Now (www.educateamericarightnow.org) provides financial and skills support to adults seeking their first college-level degree.

Matter No.: 34-089.2

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Client: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

County: Dutchess, NY

Legal Work Required: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater seeks assistance with protection of the organization's logo, and with the use of a DBA name.

Mission: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (www.clearwater.org)www.clearwater.org) works to establish a clean and healthy Hudson River through a combination of educational programming and environmental advocacy.

Matter No.: 26-055.010

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Client: Small Business Advisory Alliance

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: Small Business Advisory Alliance seeks assistance with the creation of a terms of use and privacy policy and disclaimer policy for the Organization's website.

Mission: The Small Business Advisory Alliance will provide pro bono financial and business-related advice and services to local small/start up business owners, who may not be able to otherwise afford such services.

Matter No.: 33-119.4

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Lending/Finance

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Litigation

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Nonprofit

Client: Gilda's Club Westchester

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: Gilda's Club Westchester seeks assistance with the review of language it intends to use to solicit donations on its website.

Mission: Gilda's Club of Westchester (www.gildasclubwestchester.org) provides a place where men, women, and children living with cancer, together with their families and friends, can join with others to build social and emotional support as an essential complement to medical care.

Matter No.: 31-131.4

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Privacy

Client: Daytop Village of New Jersey, Inc.

County: Morris, NJ

Legal Work Required: Daytop Village of New Jersey, Inc. requests assistance with reviewing a consent and release form for use of a client's name, photograph, likeness, etc. in social media, publications, and other media.

Mission: Daytop Village of New Jersey, Inc. (www.daytopnj.org) delivers a comprehensive alcohol and drug treatment program for adolescents that is family-based, cost-effective, peer-oriented, and multi-disciplinary.

Matter No.: 21-103.23

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Real Estate

Client: Community Coordinated Child Care

County: Union, NJ

Legal Work Required: Community Coordinated Child Care requests assistance with reviewing their obligations as tenant with respect to condition of premises upon termination of an office lease.

Mission: Community Coordinated Child Care of Union County (www.ccccunion.org) works to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of child care and related work/family services.

Matter No.: 28-012.14

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Client: Bridge Fund of New York, Inc.

County: New York, NY

Legal Work Required: Bridge Fund of New York seeks assistance with the review of a lease for new office space.

Mission: The mission of Bridge Fund of NY (www.thebridgefund.org) is to prevent homelessness by offering no-interest loans and grants to families in crisis and facing eviction.

Matter No.: 99-048.019

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Tax

Client: Educate America Right Now

County: Westchester, NY

Legal Work Required: Educate America Right Now seeks assistance with the structure and design of a scholarship program.

Mission: Educate America Right Now (www.educateamericarightnow.org) provides financial and skills support to adults seeking their first college-level degree.

Matter No.: 34-089.3

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Client: The Shrewsbury Chorale

County: Monmouth, NJ

Legal Work Required: The Shrewsbury Chorale requests advice with respect to structuring contributions to the organization so that they qualify as public support under IRS regulations.

Mission: The Shrewsbury Chorale (www.shrewsburychorale.org) presents the highest quality performances of diverse choral music to the entire community, including those unable to attend public concerts, and to develop its members' talents by providing a challenging musical environment.

Matter No.: 34-158.1

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Trust and Estates

Client: Lymphatic Research Foundation

County: Nassau, NY

Legal Work Required: Lymphatic Research Foundation requests advice regarding the terms of a bequest.

Mission: Lymphatic Research Foundation (www.lymphaticresearch.org) fosters an inter-disciplinary field of research that provides health benefits to all individuals, and in particular leads to therapeutic advances and a cure for lymphatic disease, lymphedema, and related disorders.

Matter No.: 24-137.034

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