Pro Bono Partnership volunteers are a remarkable group, and we are constantly amazed at their unwavering commitment to making change happen and improving lives in our communities. Read below to learn more about the hard work and commitment of our volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jay Crowley

Jay Crowley, a solo practitioner based in Connecticut, has been volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership for nearly a decade. During that time, he has been an invaluable asset to many of the Partnership’s Connecticut-based nonprofits. Jay’s guidance on key employment and human resources legal issues has allowed our nonprofit clients to focus on achieving their goals and serving their constituencies.

Most recently, Jay assisted Friendship Service Center, a nonprofit that provides services ranging from basic outreach to permanent supportive housing options to individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness in central Connecticut. Friendship Service Center came to the Partnership seeking assistance negotiating a new union contract with its employees. By all accounts, this was an extremely challenging project, but Jay persisted and saw the project through to the end. Upon completion, Barbara Lazarski, Interim Executive Director at Friendship Service Center wrote “working with Jay Crowley has been a godsend for the Friendship Center. He is always available and eager to advise and has been a master teacher to me on negotiations… I could not imagine a better experience.”


Employment negotiations and contract negotiations are critical legal issues for nonprofits and can negatively impact an organization’s programming when it is necessary to pay for legal advice. We are grateful to volunteers like Jay who make time for pro bono projects to provide legal expertise that would not otherwise be possible. The Partnership and our nonprofit clients appreciate Jay’s expertise and dedication to pro bono work.

Interested in learning more about the impact our wonderful volunteers have on the nonprofit community? Explore the following Volunteer Spotlights for an in-depth look:

Bassam Zohny, Reed Smith LLP

Bill Roberts, Shipman & Goodwin

Blank Rome

Bob Chesler and John Lacey, Anderson Kill

Brian McGuire, Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, LLP

Christine Malafi and Kyle Broderick, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP

Christine McInerney, The Nature’s Bounty Co.

Dechert LLP + YWCA of Bergen County

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

F. Scott Wilson, Pratt & Whitney

Jeff Gruen, Merck & Co., Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Kurt Odell, Moran Towing Corporation

Lisa Peterson

Lisa Ulrich, IBM

Long Island Legal Check-Up Volunteers

Mark Benevenia & Vance Camisa, Merck & Co., Inc. + Creative Heartwork

Meredith Morgan, Zukerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman, LLP

Michael Angarsky, The Chef’s Warehouse + Soul Ryeders

Rachel Fernbach, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Rachel Lieberman, Synchrony Financial

Robinson & Cole LLP

Sanofi U.S., New Jersey Law Journal’s Law Department of the Year for Pro Bono

Sofia Papakostas, JPMorgan Chase + Steppin’ Up Yonkers

Susan Corcoran, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Venable LLP