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Volunteer Lawyers Project appoints three board members

October 5, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jeffrey B. Gewirtz. Photos courtesy of  VLP

The Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) announced this week that it added three new members to its board of directors following an election at the organization’s Oct. 3 board meeting.

The new board members are Jeffrey B. Gewirtz, executive vice president of business affairs and chief legal and compliance officer at Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment; Colin S. Kelly, counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; and Manas Mohapatra, associate general counsel and head of privacy and data protection for Twitter.

“Augmenting the board with the talents and skillsets of these three new members will immeasurably help us as an organization as we seek to move the VLP to new heights in helping the poor in Brooklyn,” said James P. Slattery, president of VLP. “I truly welcome them and look forward to working with them to better achieve the mission of the organization.”

The three new members join a 13-person board that includes President James P. Slattery; Vice President Lawrence F. DiGiovanna, of Abrams Fensterman; Treasurer Gregory Messer; Secretary Lynn E. Judell, of Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP; Rachel S. Blumenfeld; Fern J. Finkel, of Finkel & Fernandez LLP; Paul A. Golinski, of Cullen and Dykman LLP; Terri G. Letica; Kathleen M. McCormack, of Cullen & Dykman LLP; Domenick Napoletano; Martin S. Needelman, of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A; Stephen Z. Williamson, of the Law Office of Stephen Z. Williamson, P.L.L.C.; and Steven Zelkowitz.

VLP was founded in 1990 by the Brooklyn Bar Association. It works to provide access to the legal system for special-needs and impoverished Brooklyn residents.

VLP not only provides pro bono services to indigent clients, but it recruits and trains attorneys through continuing legal education seminars in exchange for a commitment from those attorneys to work pro bono.