Paul, Weiss is committed to providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need. Our program is all-encompassing, spanning the core issues facing our society.
We provide legal assistance and advice to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. Our goal is to collaborate with and provide pro bono services to nonprofits that tackle issues aligning with our core pro bono focus areas: racial and civil rights, criminal justice, immigration, voting rights, reproductive justice, the arts, gun violence and LGBTQIA+.
We work with nonprofits on a variety of issues, including the incorporation of the organization, preparation and negotiation of contracts and template agreements, tax assistance, real estate and leasing matters and employment matters. We also assist nonprofits on a case-by-case basis, when our core areas of legal expertise align with the needs of an organization.
Below are some highlights:
- We are working with the Black Economic Alliance (BEA) Foundation, a nonprofit coalition of business leaders advocating for public policies that advance the work, wages and wealth of the Black community. Currently, our corporate and tax attorneys are assisting the BEA Foundation with launching the Black Entrepreneurs Fund, which will provide seed, start-up and early-stage capital to businesses founded and led by Black entrepreneurs.
- We assist New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) with a variety of corporate governance matters and board advisory work. Our accomplishments were recently honored at the NYAGV gala.
- We were recognized by the Vance Center for International Justice for our extensive legal assistance to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Pulitzer prize-winning organization behind the Panama Papers, an unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from an offshore law firm. The ICIJ’s probe exposed a global network of offshore tax havens used by hundreds of politicians, military officials and banks. We helped the ICIJ spin off its multinational research and reporting operation into a tax-exempt nonprofit, enabling the organization to expand fundraising, strengthen staffing and continue its critical investigative journalism without interruption.
- We helped students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School secure the music rights to “Shine,” the song two students created in the aftermath of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17. We also helped incorporate a not-for-profit, Shine MSD, to raise relief funds for shooting victims and to provide healing through the arts.
- We regularly assist the International Refugee Assistance Project and other immigration-focused nonprofits based in New York City with a variety of corporate governance, contract, tax questions and advocacy questions.
To learn more, please click on each spotlight for a more in-depth look at the work we are doing with nonprofits in each core pro bono focus.