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In several areas, including corporate, tax, real estate, and intellectual property, Kramer Levin has provided pro bono assistance to a wide variety of nonprofit secular and religious organizations. Many of these activities arise from ongoing representations or board service, and many reflect the community or religious interests of individual lawyers. Kramer Levin has also provided transactional assistance to low-income persons launching for-profit businesses through its microenterprise program.
Kramer Levin has a longstanding partnership with the Urban Justice Center, which is dedicated to serving New York’s most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, advocacy, community education, and organizing. Kramer Levin has funded two Equal Justice Works fellows who have worked on community development projects at the Urban Justice Center, and the firm has handled individual matters referred by the organization, helping to launch employee-owned cooperative enterprises and other community development projects.In connection with its former sponsorship of an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Immigrant Defense Project, Kramer Levin represents several immigrants seeking post-conviction relief for their prior counsels’ failure to advise them of the deportation consequences of their guilty pleas, which constituted ineffective assistance of counsel under the principles established by the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010). In addition, Kramer Levin authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Immigrant Defense Project that was cited and commended by the New York Court of Appeals in its decision in People v. Peque, 22 N.Y.3d 168 (2013). In that case, the Court of Appeals strengthened due process protections for immigrants accused of crimes by requiring trial courts to notify non-citizens that they may be deported if they plead guilty to a felony.
Kramer Levin has assisted Coalition for the Homeless, a leading organization combating homelessness in New York, in a variety of matters, including spearheading construction of the Coalition’s downtown headquarters.
Kramer Levin serves as land use counsel in connection with the linear public park that was created on the abandoned above-grade railroad line on the west side of Manhattan – and helped spark emergence of a whole new neighborhood. We have counseled the organization on zoning, environmental, and historic preservation issues.
Kramer Levin has counseled the Early Alzheimer’s Foundation, which provides programs and facilities for persons suffering from memory disorders and their caregivers, on corporate governance, nonprofit tax compliance, regulatory, and contract issues.
Kramer Levin has provided land use advice and zoning analyses to both the Harlem Children’s Zone and Harlem Village Academy charter schools, in connection with their planned new facilities in Harlem.