On November 8, 2018, our Long Island office held its first legal clinic, a “Legal Check-up for Long Island Nonprofits.” This half-day program provided an opportunity for eight Long Island-based nonprofits to receive free legal assessments. We are so thankful for the overwhelming turnout from our volunteers-20 attorneys representing eight different law firms and companies!
The morning began with a 1.5 hour CLE credit program entitled “Spotting 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Legal Issues,” presented by attorneys from Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. Following the program, our volunteer attorneys met with their assigned nonprofits and identified legal issues that the nonprofits should consider.
Girls Incorporated® of Long Island, one of the nonprofits that attended the event, aims to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold through their school and community-based programming for girls ages 5-18. Barbara Beatus-Vegh, Associate Director of Girls Incorporated® of Long Island came to the event with a long list of questions and left with three pages of notes to help guide the organization’s next steps.
The event was also a resounding success from our volunteers’ perspectives. Steven Seltzer, a volunteer from Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, summarized the event perfectly when he said that it was “a great way to dip your toe into pro bono. It was an excellent CLE with an overview of issues to be aware of, and then we met with the organizations for a lighter touch on how we can help…. And to be out by lunchtime…it was a terrific event.”
A special THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who attended:
Alex Bateman, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
John Bauer, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Lois Bladykas, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
Jill Braunstein, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
Kyle Broderick, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP
Nicole Della Ragione, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
John DeMaro, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
Richard Eisenberg, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.
Rachel Fernbach, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
Keith Frank, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
Andrew Garbarino, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
John Herchenroder, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises
Walter Johnson, CA Technologies
Kim Malerba, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
Lynda Nicolino, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Samantha Persaud, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises
Jay Sawczak, Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Michael Schoenberg, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
Steven Seltzer, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
Jon Trafimow, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP