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Carpenter Hardesty

http://www.bhamlegal.com

Since 1985, Carpenter Hardesty has provided legal services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the United States, providing for the needs of professionals, businesses and individuals in Commercial and Real Estate Transactions; Business Entity Formation; Employer's employment law issues; Family Law planning, dispute resolution and litigation; Estate and Succession Planning; Probate proceedings and litigation; and Civil Litigation of business, commercial and real estate matters. The offices of Carpenter Hardesty are conveniently located across the street from the Whatcom County Courthouse in Bellingham's Central Business District.

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Garrett Law Firm

http://www.garrettlawfirm.net

The Garrett Law Firm was founded by Terry L. Garrett, formerly counsel to Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft, the oldest law firm in America. She worked with local lawyers to open Mitsui Yasuda in Tokyo in 1988 and and the Baker & McKenzie office in Taipei in 1977, gaining a deep, personal understanding of entrepreneurship and of Chinese and Japanese business cultures. She has also practiced in Singapore and on Wall Street and negotiated transactions in virtually every country in the Pacific Rim. Accustomed to juggling the legal, accounting and regulatory regimes of several countries, she consistently considers -- and creates -- a variety of approaches to achieving business goals. This inspired flexibility and awareness of the various dimensions of any deal benefits her clients as they build a platform for global success. The Garrett Law Firm provides pro bono services for low income minority entrepreneurs. Ms. Garrett has been recognized for her volunteer work by AFS, the nation's oldest student exchange program.

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Arden Chambers

http://www.ardenchambers.com

We are a specialist set of chambers with absolute focus on the housing, local government and property sectors. Modern and forward thinking, our barristers work with you as an extension of your team to develop a close understanding of your needs, and help you achieve the best solution. Our specialist focus offers you access to a full and up-to-date knowledge and experience in housing, local government and property together with a unique insight into the issues and challenges you will face. This enables us to turn around routine cases quickly and cost-effectively, but also to spot issues early, ensuring that your case is fought proactively from the start and, where possible, that litigation can be avoided altogether. We undertake publicly and privately funded work for tenants and applicants, local and other public authorities, regulators, social and private landlords, and institutions. Our work covers all courts, from the House of Lords to magistrates' courts and tribunals. Established in 1993, we have 34 members, including qualified mediators and arbitrators, all of whom focus on our chosen sectors.

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Lawyers For One America

http://www.lfoa.org

LFOA provides free and low fee legal advice and services to individuals, micro-businesses and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the following areas of law: General business law Contracts and leases Business formation Nonprofit and tax exempt 501(c)(3) application (and dissolutions) Corporate governance Tax advice and settlement Small claims court preparation Wills, living trusts and power of attorney Health care directives For an appointment, please call (415) 479-3636

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Ellner

http://www.brianellner.com

Ellner provides pro bono legal counsel to the LGBT Community Center and Freedom to Marry and serves on the board of the Hetrick Martin Institute, an agency that serves queer youth and runs the Harvey Milk High School. From his vantage point on the Hetrick-Martin board and from his former work on a community school board, Ellner has developed a concern for student safety in the public schools. With harassment, including that aimed at queer youth, "sometimes at hands of administrators and teachers," he argued that "leadership must come from the top." But the issues facing young gay and lesbian youth are deeper than a school problem in his view. Citing a "record number of homeless LGBT youth," Ellner said, "Our city and our community has failed young people." In referring to "our community," he is talking about gay and lesbian adults, who are not responding to the reality of queer youth coming out at earlier ages, and often running into trouble about their sexuality at home, an issue that leads some of them to lives on the streets. From Ellner's perspective, we also see the impact of insufficient adult and government leadership in the current wave of crystal abuse spreading through the queer community. "There has been a woefully inadequate and slow response," he argued, "even though we've known about this problem for years. The response has been slow, insufficient and cumbersome. I am tired of talking to young people who have recently sero-converted." If becoming the first gay person elected to borough-wide office in New York is noteworthy, Ellner said, it is because of the impact it could have on queer youth. "I want to show them that an openly gay man can win, rather than coming out in scandal like McGreevey," he said, referring to the former New Jersey governor who announced his resignation last summer on the same day he acknowledged that he is gay. The answer to the crystal scourge, in Ellner's view, is treatment, not the "draconian Rockefeller drug laws." While stating that drug sellers should be prosecuted, he expressed sympathy with gay men and lesbians nervous about the announcement last year by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration that it was targeting the crystal problem in the queer community. "I understand their concerns," Ellner said. "I would not put a lot of trust in federal law enforcement." Asked about the recent state appeals court ruling that upheld the zoning laws aimed at ridding Manhattan of adult businesses, Ellner said, "We can't see adult business completely zoned out of Manhattan," even as he acknowledged "legitimate community concerns with problematic clustering" of such establishments. Unsafe sexual conduct at such businesses should not be tolerated, he said. Ellner said some of the borough president's greatest powers come in terms of influencing land use decisions, and he pledged to press for guaranteed low and moderate-income set-asides in any zoning changes enacted to facilitate development. He pointed to the success of Brooklyn Borough Pres. Marty Markowitz on such issues as a model for how he would approach the development process. Just this week, the city announced significant zoning changes for Greenpoint and Williamsburg that will ensure the construction of affordable housing. Like many Democrats, Ellner is an ardent foe of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plans for a West Side stadium, saying that instead Shea Stadium in Queens should be rebuilt as a home for both the Mets and the Jets. Dismissing the notion that a West Side stadium may be popular among union construction workers and in communities of color for the jobs it will generate, he argued that alternative development plans, including a new Shea stadium, could yield more than twice the number of jobs. At the same time, the candidate is quick to credit the mayor for his recent commitment to dedicate revenues from Battery Park City to the construction of new moderate and low-income housing. In line with his effort to project himself as a new voice on the political scene, Ellner promotes a variety of innovative concepts such as developing green zones throughout Manhattan and exploring new means of limiting traffic, from tolling the East River bridges to adapting an Eazy Pass-type system to charge cars from outside the city for using Midtown streets during the workday. Ellner pointed with pride to the support he has from one out-of-city Democrat, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who briefly brought gay marriage to that city last year. Like Newsom, Ellner sees himself "as the future of the Democratic Party."

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PLN Lawyers

http://www.pln.com.au

PLN Lawyers Sydney is an Australian based law firm. It is the home of the Pacific Legal Network and is the gateway for Australian and Asian investment into the Pacific. Members of the PLN represent business executives, corporate general counsel, government and entrepreneurs engaged in business of all sizes throughout the regions. PLN is an affiliation of independently owned and operated law firms. It remains the only network able to provide legal or business advisory services across the English, French and American parts of the Pacific. When a cross-border legal effort is required, member firms work together, combining resources and services for the benefit of the client. Combined, we are able to offer full coverage of Australia, the entire Pacific Islands and Western Pacific regions. By providing a truly 'seamless' service, we can assist international clients with an interest in these regions or those clients who may be contemplating such an interest. We provide our clients with one point of contact and the full resources of some of the most prominent law firms and business advisory services in the region.

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Inland Counties Legal Services , Inc.

http://www.inlandlegal.org

Inland Counties Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to seniors who are 60 years or older who reside in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Network of Care: Network of Care is a comprehensive, Internet-based community resource for the elderly and people with disabilities, including their caregivers and service providers. Access to Legal Assistance:

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RAMSTACK LLC

http://www.ramstacklaw.com

Ramstack LLC is a pro bono law practice to assist low-income and disabled persons as well as nonprofit groups, particularly on issues involving employment and constitutional rights. The practice does not seek money, only legal defense of persons or groups that otherwise might lack adequate representation. In addition, a free online news service entitled Non-Profit News is available by clicking on the News item on this page and entering an e-mail address.

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Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre

http://www.rilc.org.au

The Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre is a product of a merger in 1998 between the Victorian office of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) Australia Inc. and the Victorian Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (VIARC) Inc . These organisations were founded in the late 1980's amid a period of extensive immigration reform, to assist disadvantaged applicants through a new complexity introduced into the system. Both organisations combined a heavy caseload commitment to clients, with vigorous law reform activity, to ensure that Australia's administration of its migration program operated in a manner that was fair and just. Both organisations frequently contributed to parliamentary and public enquiries, bringing unique insight, derived from their direct casework with applicants who were least able to access support and advice. Both organisations were also involved in extensive community education e.g. speaking to schools, clubs, and other community groups on Australia's migration. In 1993, VIARC taught its inaugural course to people seeking to become registered migration agents. This work was expanded into the gazetted migration agents accreditation courses and continuing professional development courses that RILC offers today. With a restructure of Commonwealth Government funding arrangements for immigration advice providers in 1997, an opportunity arose to merge the two organisations into the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre Inc. As the organisation quickly expanded, new premises were found in Footscray and then later in Fitzroy, RILC's current home. The successful amalgamation meant RILC combined the RACS expertise in work with asylum seekers, with the VIARC experience and expertise in general migration matters. RILC maintains close relationships with other community services for migrants which provide assistance to disadvantaged asylum seekers. These include social work assistance, counselling, and family support. RILC remains one of Australia's leading casework service providers to disadvantaged asylum seekers and migrants in the spirit of both RACS and VIARC. RILC is a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) Inc. You can become a member of RILC by downloading, completing and returning the membership form to the RILC, 95 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, by clicking here ...

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Solicitors Pro Bono Group

http://www.probonogroup.org.uk

The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) is a small independent charity with a mission to support, promote and encourage a commitment to pro bono across the solicitors' profession. Solicitors across England and Wales have always provided free or reduced cost legal advice and assistance to those ineligible for legal aid from the Legal Services Commission but unable to afford legal fees (pro bono services). That pro bono work has, historically, been undertaken on a piecemeal and unstructured basis. There has been no national organisation to support and encourage pro bono activity by solicitors in this country, in contrast to other countries, particularly the USA . The Solicitors Pro Bono Group was formed by members of the solicitor's profession to address that gap. It is independent of other groups including the Law Society, the solicitors' professional body. As a membership-based organisation, the SPBG works with members to create a more co-ordinated response to legal need, primarily by providing practical support, advice and information. It also works with the profession to set up new pro bono initiatives, developing existing and facilitating new pro bono partnerships between the profession and the not-for-profit sector. Most of the SPBG projects come under the "LawWorks" banner. The SPBG is the only organisation in England and Wales to support and encourage pro bono work in this way. The Group maintains the most comprehensive resource base on this subject in the country, and is committed to promoting examples of good practice from here and abroad. The SPBG does not therefore take on pro bono cases for individuals through its offices nor does it issue a list of individual solicitors undertaking pro bono work. However, it may be possible to offer guidance as to an appropriate course of action. SPBG:

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Pro Bono Net Inc

http://www.probono.net

Pro Bono Net is a national, nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with nonprofit legal organizations across the country to increase access to justice for poor and moderate-income people and other vulnerable populations. It does so through (i) supporting the innovative and effective use of technology by the nonprofit legal sector, (ii) increasing participation by volunteer attorneys, and (iii) facilitating collaborations among nonprofit legal organizations and advocates working on similar issues or in the same region.

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The Community Tax Law Project

http://www.ctlp.org

The Community Tax Law Project (CTLP) is a 501 (c)(3) Virginia corporation founded in 1992 on the belief that a taxpayer's access to professional representation in tax disputes should not depend solely on his or her ability to pay for such services. CTLP's primary mission is to provide low income Virginia taxpayers with pro bono representation in federal and state tax disputes and to educate low income individuals about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers. CTLP also provides start-up legal services to nonprofit organizations in the Richmond and Central Virginia area whose mission in some way assists a low income clientele or provides a unique service to community needs. The Project accomplishes its mission through a panel of volunteer attorneys and accountants and an in-house legal staff. CTLP staff conduct substantial outreach efforts to taxpayers who speak English as a Second Language, to participants in welfare-to-work programs, and to victims of domestic violence. CTLP also provides continuing education and training programs for its volunteer attorneys and published a national newsletter about low income taxpayer practice and policy matters, The Community Tax Law Report. CTLP also operates the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Resource Center. The Center provides technical assistance, start-up operational support, training, and practice advice to low income taxpayer clinics nationwide. The LITC Resource Center also informs clinics about IRS rulings and actions, tax cases and pending legislation that may impact low income taxpayers. CTLP screens cases for income eligibility and merit; it then refers the accepted case to a local pro bono attorney or accountant. To qualify for services, an individual must have income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. CTLP accepts cases at all stages of tax controversy, including exam, appeals, refund claims, litigation in the United States Tax Court or the refund fora, and tax collections cases, including Collection Due Process Hearings and offers-in-compromise.

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Strategic Assessments Initiative

http://www.strategicassessments.org

Established by a group of highly qualified and successful legal practitioners and policy advisors, SAI is a not-forprofit private international organization that provides legal and policy advice and guidance to parties negotiating in conflict and post-conflict situations. The aim of SAI's work is to promote the peaceful resolution of conflict, in accordance with internationally accepted legal principles. SAI engages with combatants, former combatants, and the range of civil society elements and institutions that are critical to making conflict resolution successful and permanent. SAI emphasizes assisting the parties most marginalized in negotiations. The overriding methodology driving SAI's work is that an approach addressing each conflict as a series of discrete elements that can be resolved individually will produce results. There is no single universal approach to conflict resolution that can be transferred from one process to another - though elements of different conflicts may have strong similarities. In 2005, SAI is achieving its aims with three programs: I. Stabilization SAI's Stabilization program represents a significant departure in the evolution of international intervention. With many features of a conventional intervention, and with a mandate from the international community, SAI operates as an independent third party engaged by stakeholders in a conflict, to provide assistance to all parties seeking a negotiated peace. By addressing each conflict individually, SAI is able to look for and address the fault lines that prevent a negotiated peace from emerging. SAI provides assistance and designs resolutions appropriate to the specific circumstance of conflicts on a case-by-case basis. The Stabilization program recognizes that minimum conditions often need to be created to promote the resolution of conflict. These do not substitute for the political will of combatants and/or the international community. Nevertheless, stabilizing conditions can help create the conditions necessary to influencing political will. SAI identifies these conditions and then, working directly with participants, works to implement the changes necessary. As an independent third party assisting with the processes leading to a negotiated peace that conforms to the norms of international law, SAI is not unique. What has set it apart from the history of such organizations is that it is able to take on the whole range of peace activities, activities that would conventionally be undertaken by international or multilateral organizations, by virtue of the confidence that those organizations, and many other stakeholders in a conflict, have placed in SAI's ability to direct processes and that promote negotiations that in turn would result in a successful and permanent peace.

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Pro Bono Law Ontario

http://www.pblo.org

Pro Bono Law Ontario is a charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Ontario by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means. Access to justice is fundamental to a free and democratic society. In Ontario, lawyers are members of a self-regulating profession that is vital to the integrity of the justice system. With this privilege, lawyers bear the responsibility to help ensure that those of limited means and other vulnerable populations are not excluded from the justice system. Without access, there is no justice. When Pro Bono Law Ontario opened its doors in January 2002, organized pro bono was virtually unheard of in Ontario. Since then, PBLO has been working to: promote a pro bono culture, develop the pro bono capacity of the private bar, eliminate barriers to participation, and develop pro bono projects that address unmet legal needs in both urban and rural communities across Ontario.

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Stokes Lawrence

http://www.stokeslaw.com

For nearly 20 years, Stokes Lawrence has provided sophisticated yet personable service, drawing on experienced professionals attracted from larger firms, the top ranks of law schools and judicial clerkships. Our representative experience includes assisting Amazon.com; American Express; AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.; Cingular Wireless; Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound; J&H Marsh & McLennan, Inc.; Smith Barney; T-Mobile USA, Inc.; and Infospace, Inc., among others. Stokes Lawrence has significant experience handling the resolution of a wide range of disputes. We work closely with our clients in reviewing general business practices, as well as specific transactions, with the goal of preventing potential litigation. For litigated matters, we are well-respected advocates in both state and federal courts, as well as alternative forums of dispute resolution. The major areas of the firm's litigation practice include: Antitrust and Consumer Protection. We represent clients in lawsuits involving claims for violation of state and federal antitrust laws and consumer protection statutes and regulations relating to advertising and marketing. Many of these cases include the added complexity of class action claims.

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Morgan & Finnegan , L.L.P.

http://www.morganfinnegan.com

Morgan & Finnegan provides a full range of intellectual property law services covering patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, anti-trust and other technology related matters. In representing the building owner in lease negotiations, Jason D. Pizer, W&M's Director of Leasing, was assisted by Senior Leasing Associate, Kathleen A. Caracappa. The tenant was represented by Michael H. Siegel, executive vice president of CB Richard Ellis. In 2003, First Stamford Place won The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Award, in the mid-rise suburban office complex category, from the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

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Innocence Project

http://www.innocenceproject.org

The Innocence Project provides pro bono legal assistance to inmates who are challenging their convictions based on DNA testing of evidence, though clients must obtain funding for testing. Founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck, Professor of Law, and Peter Neufeld, Esq., the Project has represented or assisted in more than 100 cases where convictions have been reversed or overturned in the United States.

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Armstrong Teasdale LLP

http://www.armstrongteasdale.com

Founded in 1901, Armstrong Teasdale LLP is backed by a century of history and experience. The firm conducts a comprehensive nationwide civil law practice, with 218 lawyers in nine locations, including St. Louis, Kansas City, and Jefferson City, Missouri; Washington, DC; New York, NY; Belleville, Illinois; Olathe, Kansas; Shanghai, China and Sydney, Australia. Armstrong Teasdale has a diversified practice and is a leader among corporate, transactional and litigation law firms. The firm established a presence in China in 1994 and was awarded a license to open a foreign law office in Shanghai in June of 2000 by the PRC Ministry of Justice. Armstrong Teasdale is one of a few select American law firms which has been granted permission to practice law in China. International clients include governments and agencies, private investors, and a wide array of business enterprises engaged in international business operations.

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Kemp Little LLP

http://www.kemplittle.com

Kemp & Co is a City law firm dedicated to commercial, corporate and employment work for its e-commerce, IT and telecoms client base. Founded by Richard Kemp in November 1997, it has grown from one lawyer at inception to 5 partners and 18 lawyers in all three years later. In a survey in 2000, it was described as "the only true dedicated niche IT and telecoms practice in the UK, it punches well above its weight".

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Dewey Ballantine LLP

http://www.deweyballantine.com

Dewey Ballantine is an international law firm with over 500 attorneys located in New York, Washington, DC., Los Angeles, Menlo Park, London, Hong Kong, Prague and Warsaw. Founded in 1909, it's tradition of excellence has made it one of the world's preeminent law firms. Dewey Ballantine LLP lawyers share an aggressive commitment to unrivaled client service, never losing sight of the need to produce high-quality legal work in a responsive, cost-effective and personalized manner. During the first half of 2000, Dewey's corporate deals, totaling over $38 billion, secured the firm's first place position in the Thomson Financial Securities Data Legal Advisor Ranking, capturing more that 40% of the market share. More recently, the Dewey Ballantine LLP completed the multi-tranche financing of Alliance Gas Pipeline, the largest project finance transaction ever consummated in North America. Dewey Ballantine LLP is committed to providing its clients innovative and imaginative solutions to the challenges presented by today's complex business and legal climate.

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