VLP Press Release: New Board Member Appointments

The VLP proudly announces the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors following election at the organization’s meeting held on October 6, 2021. Joining the VLP’s Board are Elena Bonifacio, Director of People Operations at Cameo, and Lydia Keaney Reynolds, Interim Senior Legal Counsel at FARFETCH.

“We are excited to welcome Elena and Lydia to the VLP’s Board of Directors. As longtime Brooklynites, their undeniable passion for helping their community combined with such unique and diverse professional talents, will help drive the successful advancement of the organization’s mission and elevate our core values– respect, dignity, and justice,” said Stephen Z. Williamson, Secretary and Board Resource and Governance Committee Co-Chair, VLP Board of Directors.

Please see the official press release here.

Elena Bonifacio 
Cameo
Lydia Keaney Reynolds
FARFETCH

VLP Newsletter | July 2021

The VLP’s July 2021 Newsletter is here! In this edition you will find:

An update from Heidi Lee Henderson, VLP President and Chief Executive Officer: Read about the VLP’s COVID-19 response initiatives and recent board expansion

New Developments in Development: Welcome Melinda Garcia, Development Associate, to the VLP team

Engaging New Leaders: Learn more about the VLP Board & YPB expansion and meet our newest members

Meet the VLP’s Dynamic Summer Interns: Meet our new interns and hear why they are excited to be joining the VLP this summer 

VLP & YPB Connect: Read about our successful virtual event series and our generous supporters

VLP Continuing Legal Education: Learn more about our recent virtual CLE’s 

Senior Outreach: Discover how our NGF Senior LEAP is committed to staying connected to Brooklyn Seniors 

VLP Emergency Response Campaign: Your contribution will have an immediate and significant impact on the VLP’s ability to rapidly respond to the growing needs of our community. Join the VLP Emergency Response Campaign today!

VLP Press Release: New Board Member Appointments

The VLP proudly announces the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors following election at the organization’s meeting held on May 11, 2021. Joining the VLP’s Board are Elizabeth Dank, Esq. and Lee Popkin, a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP.

“We are thrilled to welcome Liz and Lee to the VLP’s Board of Directors. Their knowledge, expertise, and shared passion to give back to the community and advance access to justice will help strengthen the VLP’s mission during a time where it is needed most,” said Daniel Angel, Board Resource and Governance Committee Co-Chair, VLP Board of Directors.

Please see the official press release here.

ELIZABETH DANK, ESQ.
LEE POPKIN
Partner
Proskauer Rose, LLP

VLP Press Release: New Board Member Appointments

The VLP is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors. Joining the VLP’s Board are Brian Fryd, a Principal at Cornerstone Research and Jennifer Tan, MBA, MPH.

“We are excited to welcome Brian and Jennifer to the VLP’s Board of Directors. Their unique personal experience, perspective, and honed expertise combined with such a deep understanding, shared commitment, and passion for justice will serve the VLP well and help in the advancement of the organization’s mission,” said Stephen Z. Williamson, Secretary and Board Resource and Governance Committee Co-Chair, VLP Board of Directors.

Please see the official press release here.

BRIAN FRYD
Principal, Cornerstone Research
JENNIFER TAN, MBA, MPH

VLP Press Release: New Board Member Appointments

The VLP is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors. Joining the VLP’s Board are Lisa J. Braun, Managing Director, PwC and Thanya Polonio-Jones, Vice President, Compliance, Goldman Sachs. Please see the official press release here.

Lisa J. Braun
Lisa J. Braun
Managing Director
PwC
Thanya Polonio-Jones
Thanya Polonio-Jones
Vice President, Compliance
Goldman Sachs

VLP Newsletter | September 2020

The VLP’s September 2020 Newsletter is here! Catch up on our programming, partnerships and new COVID-19 response initiatives; read personal testimonials from our impactful summer interns and committed NGF Senior LEAP coordinator; view the VLP 30th Anniversary Virtual Event series upcoming and past opportunities to stay connected; get inspired by local, creative fundraising efforts; and join the VLP Emergency Response Campaign today! https://conta.cc/3jPXsmj

Joint Public Hearing: The Unified Court System and COVID-19, VLP Testimony

On Friday, August 21, 2020 The New York State Senate Committees on the Judiciary, Codes, and Housing, Construction, and Community Development held a joint public virtual hearing to examine the re-opening and operation of New York’s courts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sidney Cherubin, VLP Director of Legal Services, testified on behalf of unrepresented consumer debt litigants, calling on the courts to commit to (1) improve messaging and communications to litigants and legal advocates, (2) develop policies, procedures, and access to technology for unrepresented litigants and (3) ensure access to justice remains a priority. Sidney’s testimony can be viewed here. For a complete list of witnesses, submitted testimonies, and a recording of the hearing, please visit The New York State Senate website.

Press Release: VLP Launches New Probate Initiative

BREAKING NEWS:  In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the unfortunate rise in COVID-19 related estate cases, the VLP announces the launch of the VLP Probate Initiative in partnership with the Brooklyn Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section and Surrogate’s Court Committee.

This new initiative offers pro bono services in probate matters to qualifying New York City residents facing the untimely death of a family member as a result of COVID-19. Volunteer legal services will be provided to families with estates of $50,000 or less, including completion of applications for voluntary letters of administration and SCPA 1310 affidavits regarding certain debts without administration. 

PLEASE READ OUR PRESS RELEASE HERE.

Press Release: VLP and Akin Gump Launch COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative

BREAKING NEWS: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), in partnership with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump), has launched the VLP COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative. The timely initiative focuses on recognizing the sacrifice and dedication of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East members by offering the free preparation of life planning documents – wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, parental designation forms, and other life planning documents.

PLEASE READ OUR OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE HERE.