February 15, 2022
FinTech and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)
Continuing the FinTech University series, join chair of Nelson Mullins FinTech and Regulation Practice and moderator, Richard Levin, and attorneys Jon Talcott, Andy Tucker, and Peter Strand for this one-hour session, "FinTech and SPACs." Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be sought for all attorneys requesting. Certificates of attendance are available upon request for CPE purposes. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.Click here to learn more.
Dec. 6, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s federal lobbyists have provided pro bono legal services to countless clients over the years. The firm has supported its attorneys and policy advisors in serving their communities and fulfilling their professional and ethical responsibilities by providing pro bono legal services to proper individuals and organizations. Although many see pro bono work as an attorney’s job, Nelson Mullins has several lobbyists, or policy advisors, that have worked on impactful pro bono services as well.
Offering pro bono services encourages Nelson Mullins to take on matters that offer tangible benefits for the firm – but pro bono work also provides Nelson Mullins with a sense of accomplishment and can improve morale.
When Nelson Mullins attorneys and policy advisors take on pro bono matters, they look at them as well worth their time with nothing comparing to the great satisfaction that comes knowing the difference they make in others’ lives.
Their outstanding commitment and contributions to pro bono work have allowed them to grow and continue taking on multiple pro bono services. While several government relations team members took on pro bono work in 2021, here are a few:
As a managing director of Nelson Mullins’ Federal Strategies Team, Donovan worked with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. Home Base is focused on healing the invisible wounds for veterans of all eras, service members, military families and families of the fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research. Donovan has done pro bono work for Home Base since 2013 and became friends with its leadership and front-line service team. They have become a model across the country for providing clinical care and counseling for veterans and their families. Donovan is always looking for people to support Home Base in whatever way they can.
Washington, D.C. partner Craig Metz works with K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service dogs to veterans who are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. It is the only major service dog provider that utilizes trained rescue dogs. Craig assisted in pursuing a strategic legislative effort on Capitol Hill to further support the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act and supported advocacy for the “Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act,” which was signed into law on August 25, 2021. This measure authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to create a pilot program on dog training therapy that will provide dog-training skills and service dogs to veterans with mental illnesses, regardless of whether or not they have mobility issues.
Former Congressman Moran has been involved in several pro bono services. Since 2017, Moran has chaired the Ft. Monroe Authority, a former military installation in Hampton, Va. which has jurisdiction over the actual site of the first landing of enslaved humans in 1619. Two years ago, Moran and his client hosted the recognition of that date and place for members of Congress, national activists, and federal and state officials. They are currently constructing a 1619 Landing Memorial Sculpture on the site and have built a visitor's museum which identifies and tells the story of the first African Americans and their descendants.
This is also the site of the first emancipation of enslaved people where Union Gen. Benjamin Butler declared all slaves to be contraband property held by the Confederacy. This initiated the Contraband movement whereby hundreds of thousands of slaves came through Ft. Monroe to embark on the Contraband trail to freedom in D.C. and then northward. Moran’s work removed the circa 1950’s memorials praising Jefferson Davis who was imprisoned there and restored the building where Abraham Lincoln lived temporarily while he led the takeover of Norfolk, Va. from Confederate troops. Moran and his co-chair Dr. Rex Ellis, who has been a director at the National Museum of African American History, are proud that it was just designated an international historic site by the United Nations.
Pharaoh, also a managing director of the Federal Strategies Team, was co-lead on a large pro bono project on behalf of Lawyers for Good Government, a nonprofit organization of lawyers and activists fighting for equality, justice, and the future of the United States. The pro bono work, which entailed comprehensive summaries of state legislation on various topics (education, social justice, among others), was firm-wide and over a dozen attorneys were enlisted to assist. Pharaoh supervised and revised the work of more than a dozen others. Policy advisor Nadine Slocum also participated in this project.
Pharaoh is also pro bono counsel to Capitol Hill Little League, a longtime community-based client that is in the “backyard” of the D.C. Office. The all-volunteer nonprofit youth sports organization has more than 600 baseball and softball players and is Washington D.C.’s largest Little League program that serves the players, and their families, across Ward Six.
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