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.
To address economic inequalities that disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs, Paul, Weiss is committed to providing BIPOC-owned businesses access to pro bono legal resources. Our goal is to create more opportunities for the economic empowerment of local communities and 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. These efforts reflect our commitment to ensuring that our transactional attorneys have significant opportunities to engage in pro bono matters.
We are involved in numerous economic empowerment initiatives and programs nationwide:
- Paul, Weiss is 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.
- In partnership with Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) and Apollo Global Management, Paul, Weiss hosts an annual virtual clinic to provide transactional legal counsel to Black women-owned businesses based in New York City. Recently, attorneys advised small business owners on a variety of issues, including formation, structuring, accessing funding, commercial contract assistance and more.
- We played an integral role in the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) and the funds and grants that have been made available to those suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities. Paul, Weiss lawyers advised the NJPRF on its largest disbursements, drafting and negotiating grant agreements totaling more than $20 million and benefitting over 47 different community organizations and initiatives across New Jersey.
- We are leading 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. Paul, Weiss attorneys are currently leading a series of trainings to support Black Connect members 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, Paul, Weiss is hosting legal consultations to assist small businesses with questions related to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our attorneys led the development of a training resource focused on training lawyers to assist with many legal topics, including accessing funding and grant opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses and understanding debt obligations.