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: Rachel Fernbach, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP (MH&H) has been an enthusiastic Pro Bono Partnership (PBP) supporter since the firm began volunteering in 2018, shortly after the PBP Long Island office opened.  Since 2018, seven MH&H attorneys have worked on eight matters for Pro Bono Partnership clients.  In addition, Rachel FernachMH&H attorney Robert Schonfeld provides strategic guidance by serving on our Long Island Advisory Committee.

Rachel Fernbach, Counsel at MH&H has worked on matters for several PBP clients including Camp Good Mourning!, Inc., an organization that provides a free overnight bereavement camp program to support kids ages 7 – 17 who are coping with the loss of a parent and/or sibling. Rachel incorporated the new nonprofit organization, drafted bylaws and a conflict of interest policy, assisted with the preparation of the CHAR 410, and submitted the Form 1023 application for tax exempt status. Rachel not only enthusiastically accepted this massive project, but in less than two weeks after the initial call CampVolSpotwith the client, she had prepared and filed the certificate of incorporation. Paul Rubin, Executive Director, was so grateful for Rachel’s “hard work, support, patience, and ESPECIALLY for being accessible.” Rachel truly went above and beyond with her dedication and willingness to respond to countless emails and questions required to get the job done.

A team of MH&H attorneys also participated in our Long Island Legal Check-up event last November. The Check-up provided eight nonprofits with an overall assessment of their legal health and next steps for success. For additional information about this event, please read our previously distributed Volunteer Spotlight.

The Partnership and our clients are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of all of the volunteers from MH&H and everyone at the firm who supports their efforts:

Jill Braunstein
Rachel Fernbach
Keith Frank
Joan Lopez
Robert Schonfeld
Steven Seltzer
Seth Stein
Jonathan Trafimow

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 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.