Total $1.1 Million in Grants Awarded to Five Organizations in First National Initiative to Expand Pro Bono Legal Services for Nonprofits

Power of Attorney Awards Multi-Year Grants to Law Groups in Chicago, Detroit,

Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.; Effort Also Underway to

Develop National Network of Leading Pro Bono Providers Across the U.S.



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Power of Attorney

    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Five organizations that provide pro
 bono business legal services to nonprofit groups will receive multi-year
 grants totaling more than $1.1 million from Power of Attorney (POA), a
 national organization dedicated to expanding the availability of pro bono
 legal services to the nonprofit sector.  The grant funding will be used to
 help these organizations to meet the growing demand for pro bono and low cost
 legal help in the nonprofit sector.
     The expansion grant recipients are: The Community Economic Development Law
 Project (Chicago), The DC Bar Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project
 (Washington, DC), Community Legal Resources (Detroit), Public Counsel (Los
 Angeles), and the Volunteer Legal Services Program of The Bar Association of
 San Francisco (San Francisco).
     "With all of the ingredients necessary for success, these five
 organizations represent an outstanding opportunity to make more pro bono legal
 services available to nonprofits in the years ahead," said Allen Bromberger,
 president of POA.
     In addition to the grants, POA is creating a national network for pro bono
 business law providers in many other cities.  This initiative will help member
 organizations to be able to share information and resources to better meet the
 business law needs of the nonprofit groups in their communities in the years
 ahead.
     Each year, thousands of attorneys from leading law firms and businesses
 provide pro bono legal services to nonprofits all across the United States.
 These pro bono business law services represent an essential resource for the
 nonprofit sector, handling leases and contracts, employment matters, corporate
 and tax compliance procedures, and other non-litigation assignments for groups
 that serve the disadvantaged and that work in economic development and low
 income housing initiatives.  Millions of Americans benefit directly and
 indirectly from this pro bono support, which currently represents roughly
 $25 million per year in donated legal services to thousands of organizations.
     "The laws that affect nonprofit organizations are more complex than ever
 before.  Even nonprofits with limited resources are being forced to behave
 more like corporations -- and they need good lawyers to do it," added Mr.
 Bromberger.  "These expansion grants will help to make sure that more
 nonprofits get the help they need, and they also represent a major step in the
 growing national effort to support pro bono law."
 
     Power of Attorney (POA) is a national organization working to create a
 more diverse and effective environment through which business lawyers are able
 to provide pro bono legal services to nonprofit groups across the United
 States.  POA provides funding to qualified pro bono programs and works to
 develop a stronger national network of pro bono providers to encourage shared
 learning, innovation and enhanced effectiveness.  For more information about
 Power of Attorney, visit their Web site at http://www.powerofattorney.org or
 call 212-643-6242.
 
 

SOURCE Power of Attorney
    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Five organizations that provide pro
 bono business legal services to nonprofit groups will receive multi-year
 grants totaling more than $1.1 million from Power of Attorney (POA), a
 national organization dedicated to expanding the availability of pro bono
 legal services to the nonprofit sector.  The grant funding will be used to
 help these organizations to meet the growing demand for pro bono and low cost
 legal help in the nonprofit sector.
     The expansion grant recipients are: The Community Economic Development Law
 Project (Chicago), The DC Bar Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project
 (Washington, DC), Community Legal Resources (Detroit), Public Counsel (Los
 Angeles), and the Volunteer Legal Services Program of The Bar Association of
 San Francisco (San Francisco).
     "With all of the ingredients necessary for success, these five
 organizations represent an outstanding opportunity to make more pro bono legal
 services available to nonprofits in the years ahead," said Allen Bromberger,
 president of POA.
     In addition to the grants, POA is creating a national network for pro bono
 business law providers in many other cities.  This initiative will help member
 organizations to be able to share information and resources to better meet the
 business law needs of the nonprofit groups in their communities in the years
 ahead.
     Each year, thousands of attorneys from leading law firms and businesses
 provide pro bono legal services to nonprofits all across the United States.
 These pro bono business law services represent an essential resource for the
 nonprofit sector, handling leases and contracts, employment matters, corporate
 and tax compliance procedures, and other non-litigation assignments for groups
 that serve the disadvantaged and that work in economic development and low
 income housing initiatives.  Millions of Americans benefit directly and
 indirectly from this pro bono support, which currently represents roughly
 $25 million per year in donated legal services to thousands of organizations.
     "The laws that affect nonprofit organizations are more complex than ever
 before.  Even nonprofits with limited resources are being forced to behave
 more like corporations -- and they need good lawyers to do it," added Mr.
 Bromberger.  "These expansion grants will help to make sure that more
 nonprofits get the help they need, and they also represent a major step in the
 growing national effort to support pro bono law."
 
     Power of Attorney (POA) is a national organization working to create a
 more diverse and effective environment through which business lawyers are able
 to provide pro bono legal services to nonprofit groups across the United
 States.  POA provides funding to qualified pro bono programs and works to
 develop a stronger national network of pro bono providers to encourage shared
 learning, innovation and enhanced effectiveness.  For more information about
 Power of Attorney, visit their Web site at http://www.powerofattorney.org or
 call 212-643-6242.
 
 SOURCE  Power of Attorney