S&C Secures Victory for Pro Bono Client

April 2, 2015

On April 2, the Commissioner of the State Education Department ordered the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to pay rental assistance to S&C pro bono client Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn.

Under a provision of the New York Education Law enacted in 2014, the DOE is required to either provide free public space or rental assistance for private space to new charter schools and charter schools that expand their grade levels in the 2014-2015 school year or thereafter and that request space from the DOE. Unity, a client of S&C since the early stages of its formation in 2011, requested public space from the DOE for its expansion to high school grades beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Following the DOE's denial of public space and failure to offer rental assistance for private space, S&C successfully appealed to the Commissioner on behalf of Unity. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the DOE must pay Unity rental assistance in an amount determined based on the number of students in Unity's high school classes.

The S&C team that successfully appealed to the Commissioner on behalf of Unity includes Richard Pollack and Marion Leydier, who are members of Unity's Board of Trustees, and Jeannette Braun. S&C previously obtained 501(c)(3) tax exemption for Unity, and S&C lawyers continue to work with Unity on litigation, corporate governance and a variety of other matters, and participate in Unity's mentoring program.