Karol Robinson Honored with Lawyers Alliance for New York 2020 Cornerstone Award for Pro Bono Service
In 2020, the Lawyers Alliance for New York honored Karol with its Cornerstone Award for outstanding service to nonprofits that improve the quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Karol was recognized sharing her transactional and counseling skills with Lawyers Alliance clients since 2003 on governance, fiscal sponsorship, and lease review projects.
Karol works with multiple Lawyers Alliance clients including Alley Pond Environmental Center, Mythic Bridge, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board.
When asked what motivates her to participate in and support pro bono, Karol remarked, "Pro bono service reminds me of family and the importance of community. I was born in Washington, DC and raised by my mother and great-grandmother, primarily in Columbia, Maryland. To this day, my mother shares stories of her childhood as a fourth generation Washingtonian, with cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends in and out of her home, where they could find whatever comfort was needed. She also speaks of her own volunteer work as a teen at a hospital and a home for children in DC. Now my daughter and I volunteer together. The opportunity to continue those traditions and to give back as others have given to us, although in different ways, is important."
Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to 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. During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than two thousand volunteer attorneys to represent 700 non-profit clients on more than 1,350 matters.