Partnership projects enable member firms to have a significant impact on a particular issue or develop a strong and lasting relationship with a community-based organization and the people it serves. Member firms have partnered with New York City public schools, community groups, and microenterprise development organizations. Examples include:
- Housing Access Project
Clifford Chance US is currently collaborating with NYLPI in assisting individuals with mobility and sensorial impairments to have their residences made accessible. Without counsel to act on their behalf, tenants are often unable to negotiate effectively for resolution of accessibility problems. The goal of the advocacy is to achieve physical alterations to improve accessibility for tenants with mobility and sensorial impairments through advocating with owners and in the administrative procedures of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
- Guardianship Workshops
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Weil, Gotshal & Manges provide monthly educational workshops for low-income parents of adults with disabilities on how to apply for guardianship pro se under Article 17-A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedures Act. Without an order granting guardianship, parents are often unable to make crucial decisions for their children, many of whom are seriously cognitively impaired.