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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.

Economic Empowerment

We are helping to create economic empowerment opportunities for small businesses, which reflects a commitment to ensuring that our transactional attorneys can participate robustly in our pro bono efforts. To address economic inequalities that disproportionately impact Black entrepreneurs, Paul, Weiss is committed to providing Black- and minority-owned businesses access to pro bono legal resources. Our goal is to create more opportunities for the economic empowerment of small businesses, and enable under-resourced entrepreneurs to grow thriving businesses in underserved areas, in turn generating wealth for themselves, their families and their communities.

Recent highlights include:

  • Paul, Weiss, in partnership with Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) and Apollo Global Management, hosted a virtual clinic to support Black women-owned businesses based in New York City. Attorneys assisted eight small business owners with a variety of transactional issues, including formation, structuring, accessing funding and commercial contract assistance. » more
  • We have taken a lead role in the legal training committee at Black Connect, a nationwide pro bono network dedicated to assisting Black entrepreneurs and business owners with business-related legal matters. The goal of the program is to quickly and efficiently provide information, expert advice, document preparation, referrals and more on a broad range of business-related issues. We will be part of a series of trainings to support the Black Connect membership and address members’ most pressing legal issues.
  • In collaboration with Start Small, Think Big, one of the leading organizations in New York City serving under-resourced entrepreneurs, we have been hosting legal consultations to assist small businesses with questions related to operating during COVID. Our attorneys have taken a lead role in developing a training resource focused on training lawyers to assist with many legal issues, including accessing funding and grant opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses and understanding debt obligations.
  • In collaboration with IBM and the Pro Bono Partnership, Paul, Weiss hosted a webinar, “What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Commercial Contracts and Leases During the Pandemic,” for more than 85 participants from not-for-profit organizations across the New York metropolitan area. The presentation covered topics such as determining whether a force majeure clause applies to a commercial contract, whether tenants can cancel their leases or pay less rent during the pandemic, and practical tips for negotiating contracts during COVID-19 and going forward. » more
  • In partnership with Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), a team of Paul, Weiss corporate associates developed a virtual training and Q&A guide on unemployment and public benefits to train volunteers fielding calls at the Unemployed Workers Project Hotline. A team of our attorneys have also been answering calls from unemployed New Yorkers in critical need with specific legal questions around accessing unemployment insurance and benefits during the pandemic.

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