Lawyers Alliance Leadership Gala Celebrates Lawyers, Nonprofits And Communities

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:43


In May, more than 300 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors gathered at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance’s Business Law & Leadership Gala. The annual event celebrated the partnership between lawyers and nonprofits and their power to transform New York City communities.

This year’s distinguished honorees were Amy Schulman, executive vice president and general counsel, president and general manager, Nutrition, Pfizer Inc. Pfizer has been a corporate sponsor of Lawyers Alliance’s legal services and educational programs for more than 15 years. Since 2001, the company has collaborated with Lawyers Alliance to present the Strategic Legal Thinking Seminar series, offered three times a year to more than 700 nonprofit managers. The seminars are broadcast via live videoconference from New York to 15 locations across the United States. Pfizer’s social responsibility priorities include expanding access to healthcare and information in the U.S. and internationally.

Michael D. Fricklas, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary, Viacom Inc., was also honored. Viacom supported Lawyers Alliance’s work through both event sponsorship and pro bono activity. On Viacommunity Day, Viacom’s annual day of service, members of Viacom’s legal team assisted seven nonprofit organizations in reviewing their corporate bylaws, enabling these groups to identify ways to strengthen their governance structure for the future. is one of the largest organizations for teens and social change in the United States. It harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. In 2011, activated over 2.4 million young people to take action on causes they care about. Beginning in 2003, Lawyers Alliance and its volunteer attorneys have worked on numerous legal projects with the organization, including general corporate, contract, and intellectual property matters.

Matthew Bishop, U.S. business editor and New York bureau chief, The Economist, served as Master of Ceremonies.  The event provided an overview of Lawyers Alliance’s scope of services for New York nonprofits.

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