Pro Bono Advisory Council

In 2004, NYLPI launched the Pro Bono Advisory Council (PBAC), bringing together a group of emerging leaders dedicated to enhancing the public service commitment of the legal profession. The group has flourished, attracting talented attorneys from New York City's most prominent law firms and corporations who serve as dedicated ambassadors for our mission. 
PBAC members play a vital role in promoting and supporting NYLPI by actively engaging their peers about the importance of pro bono and serving as sponsors for a series of events throughout the year on topics related to public interest work.
Members gain the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills and to work with other lawyers who are committed to serving the needs of our community.


Egya Appiah 
Sesame Workshop

Aarthi K. Belani 
Credit Suisse

Julie M. Calderon Rizzo 
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Tanisha Creed 
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Michael E. DeLarco 
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Mauricio A. España 
Dechert LLP

Julie E. Fink
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Olga Fuentes-Skinner
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Jonathan Goldin 
Goldin Associates

Bryn G. Gostin 
Goldman Sachs

Gail C. Gove
Thomson Reuters

Adam Jackson Heintz
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Matthew D. Ingber
Mayer Brown LLP

Narges M. Kakalia
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C.

Samar Katnani 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Chavi Keeny Nana 
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Elizabeth P. Kozlowski
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Steven Krause
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Erin J. Law 
Morgan Stanley

Nancy E. Lynch
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Meron Makonnen 
Rainforest Alliance

Jermaine McPherson

Kiisha J.B. Morrow
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Daphne Murduchowitz
Kaye Scholer

Emily O'Neill Slater
Burford Group LTD

Marion E. Panas
Ziff Brothers Investments, L.L.C.

Sasha E. Polonsky 
Cooley LLP

Drew C. Rabe 
Open Society Institutes & Soros Foundations Network

Ari M. Selman
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Antonia Sherman 
Linklaters LLP

David V. Simunovich
Strook & Strook & Lavan LLP

Carla Smith
Latham & Watkins

Christine Strumpen-Darrie 
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Eric Tajcher
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


Past Events:

Get on Board! Nonprofit Board Service for Attorneys

Location Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Nonprofit board service can be a rewarding experience that allows attorneys to fulfill their commitment to public interest while being civically engaged and contributing their skills to a cause. Learn more about the benefits of board service from our panel, comprised of associates and partners currently serving on nonprofit boards.

Attendees are eligible to apply for the United Way's BoardServeNYC training program, which trains volunteers on board service and matches graduates with a nonprofit board.

Pro Bono Opportunities in Education

Location Hogan Lovells LLP

Serving more than 1.1 million students, New York City's education system is the largest in the country, and it faces complex challenges as it provides learning opportunities for a vast and diverse population of students.

Join us for an exciting discussion with lawyers who are helping to improve schools and create a more equitable education system for youth in our city.

Exclusive Leadership Session with members of the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Location Bingham McCutchen LLP

PBAC members will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at nonprofit board service and board governance from our board chair and other NYLPI board members. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from our talented board members and gain valuable insight into how board service can develop leadership skills, enhance your legal career and help you fulfill your commitment to public interest.

A Workable Balance: How Private Attorneys and Law Firms are Meeting the Challenges of Work/Life

Location DLA Piper LLP

Balancing a high-powered legal career and the demands of family can be overwhelming. Yet lawyers are increasingly looking for new ways to juggle parenting and family responsibilities with the obligations of their careers. In response, law firms are creating innovative ways to retain and promote their talented lawyers. Our panel, comprised of corporate lawyers and litigators, associates and partners, men and women, will share their experiences as working parents. Through various models and strategies such as flex-time, the panelists will discuss ways to redefine the traditional work week and provide new ideas on achieving work/life balance.

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