June 4, 2009

I’m honored to be featured on the cover of this month’s Washington Lawyer in an article about pro bono partnerships among the legal and nonprofit communities.

Highlighted in the article is Bread for the City’s work with the DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s CED Project, which matches nonprofits like us with law firms who have the expertise to help out with our business law needs. In 2007, CED matched Bread for the City with DLA Piper, who then helped us through the unimaginably complex world of new market tax credits; credits that will provide Bread for the City with funds to expand our Northwest Center this summer. Two years later, we’re honored to still be receiving help from DLA’s David Krohn and Stephen Sharkey.
DLA Piper is one of several law firms that generously give of their time, talent and resources to help Bread for the City. In fact, our pro bono partners outnumber our paid staff.

WilmerHale provides Bread for the City with pro bono counsel for our organizational policy needs. Dickstein Shapiro worked out a deal with the IRS when a payroll company stole from us and several other nonprofits. Covington & Burling has loaned our legal clinic a part-time associate for many years. These firms may be corporate giants, but they are also true community partners with a real positive presence in the District.

Tonight we honor these partners—and the many other lawyers, doctors, designers and accountants who give to us so freely—at the office of one of our closest pro bono partners, Alston + Bird. A big thanks to each and every one of them for their decades of generosity.

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