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: Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson began volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership shortly after she retired as Deputy Counsel of Hunter College in 2018. In a short time, Lisa has already assisted on six unique legal matters, helping several New York-based clients with critical missions like curing childhood cancer.

Lisa’s assistance during the pandemic was especially valuable to our clients, including COPE Foundation, a Long Island-based nonprofit that helps parents and families living with the loss of a child through support groups, a grief support phone line, and monthly healing workshops. Like so many of our clients, COPE needed assistance navigating the new waters of virtual programming and came to the Partnership for assistance drafting a disclaimer, waiver, and assumption of risk agreement for participants of a virtual program. Not only was Lisa eager to assist, but she was also able to accommodate COPE’s extremely tight deadline. Lisa’s work helped COPE with their immediate need and it also better positioned them for future virtual program events.

COPE’s Executive Director Adam Rabinovitch wrote that “Working with Lisa was a real pleasure. She was great at listening to and understanding our needs, then dove right in and quickly turned around a professional, clear, easy-to-use work product. We’ve continued to use her guidance and documents to protect our client families and the organization.” The Partnership is so grateful for Lisa’s commitment to pro bono work and we look forward to working with her on many more projects in the future.

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 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