Partner Chris Smith (New York-Real Estate) is the recipient of the Lawyers Alliance for New York's 2017 Cornerstone Award, which honors exceptional volunteerism by business and transactional lawyers who provide pro bono legal services to nonprofits. The award was presented to Chris during a ceremony held in New York on November 14.
Since 2003, Chris and his colleagues have provided legal counsel to Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), a media arts center that fosters diverse viewpoints by providing professional training, state-of-the-industry resources, and by creating outstanding documentary productions. DCTV has been engaged in negotiating the complicated process of disposal of real property development "air rights" associated with its premises in lower Manhattan. He has also assisted Philanthropy New York, a public charity dedicated to enhancing the capacity of philanthropists located in the New York region, to finalize a sublease. In addition, he encourages pro bono work by supervising colleagues on matters for economic development organizations.
"Working with Lawyers Alliance over the past several years to help nonprofit organizations provide vital programs and services to low-income communities has been a rewarding experience for me and those at Shearman & Sterling who have worked closely with me on matters such as the sale of air rights for DCTV," says Chris. "I am grateful to Lawyers Alliance for making these opportunities available and to my colleagues at Shearman & Sterling for their unwavering support."
Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps organizations to develop and provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages.