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: Bassam Zohny, Reed Smith LLP

Bassam ZohnyReed Smith has been volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership for over 20 years, during which time nearly 70 attorneys from both their New York and New Jersey offices have provided critical legal assistance to our nonprofit clients. Last year alone, Reed Smith attorneys worked on 23 legal matters for 22 New York and New Jersey-based nonprofits.

Bassam Zohny, a Princeton, New Jersey-based finance associate, is just one of Reed Smith’s team of amazing volunteers. Although Bassam is a new volunteer, he has already worked on several significant corporate projects for our clients. Second Chance Toys, a nonprofit dedicated to donating toys to children and keeping them out of landfills, came to the Partnership last year seeking assistance with several corporate documents. Bassam quickly dove into the project and worked diligently to address all of the client’s needs. Shelly Lipton, Board Chairperson at Second Chance Toys, wrote “Bassam Zohny at Reed Smith is a real standout! Second Chance Toys was fortunate to have Bassam and his team work on a pro bono project to help our organization with an important board transition. He and his colleagues moved quickly to amend our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws, enabling us to align our board and formalize our succession plan.”

Second Chance Toys
Photo courtesy of: Second Chance Toys

The Partnership and our clients are fortunate to have longstanding and reliable supporters like Reed Smith that help empower nonprofits and strengthen our communities. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of Bassam, all of the 2020 Reed Smith volunteers, and everyone at the firm who supports their efforts.

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:

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