The Business Law Transactions Clinic of New York University School of Law provides free business and transactional legal services to non-profit organizations as well as to small businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises that may not have access to the traditional legal market and that operate in areas of concern to the public. We focus on providing practical support to assist our clients with corporate and business issues. Our students (all third year students at the New York University School of Law) are selected from a pool of applicants and work under the close supervision of the Clinic’s experienced faculty to advise clients on a variety of transactional matters, including planning transactions and negotiating contracts, memoranda of understanding and other operating agreements (grant, service, independent contractor, fiscal sponsorship); reviewing and advising senior managers and boards about governance, compliance and reporting practices; preparing bylaws, conflict-of-interest and other board policies, committee charters, director orientation materials, board self-assessment tools and similar documents; and preparing templates and documents (contracts, forms, summaries and checklists) for management use.
Stephanie Abramson is a 1969 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review, and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She teaches the Business Law Transactions Clinic at the Law School and is the Director of Law and Business Experiential Courses and an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law. She has an extensive and varied background in financing transactions, corporate law and transactional representation, as both outside counsel and as general counsel to several global companies. Ms. Abramson practiced corporate law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. She has been Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Young & Rubicam Inc., Chief Legal Officer and Chief Corporate Development Officer of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. and most recently the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of DoubleClick, Inc. (acquired by Google Inc. in March 2008).
Sean Delany is the Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of pro bono business and transactional legal services to non-profits and community development organizations in New York City. Before joining Lawyers Alliance, Mr. Delany was the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Charities Bureau in the office of the New York Attorney General. Mr. Delany is on the Board of Advisors of the ALI “Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations,” and a member of the Government Relations Committee of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. In 2008, he lectured at law programs in Beijing and Shanghai, sponsored by the Yale Law School China Law Center.
Mira Dewji is an Adjunct Professor in the Business and Society Program at the Stern School of Business, where she examines the intersections of law, business, and society. She runs a transactional social sector practice, advising social enterprises, non-profits, and foundations, and serves on the board of directors of several social sector institutions. Mira worked for five years as a finance and corporate associate at Latham & Watkins and has served as General Counsel of Idealist.org and the Kupona Foundation. She holds a B.Sc. in international political economy from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Toronto.
Marc Perlmutter recently became Of Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP after having spent nearly 40 years as an associate and partner in that firm’s Corporate Department. He opened the firm’s Tokyo office in 1987 and spent six years in Japan, where he was registered as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (foreign law consultant). Since moving back to New York in 1993, Marc has returned to Asia on a regular basis in connection with his work for clients in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and other countries in the region. During his many years of practicing corporate law in New York and Asia, Marc has performed general corporate advisory work and also has gained extensive experience in a broad range of transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, license agreements and other complex commercial contracts. Marc received his J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977 and is a 1974 magna cum laude graduate of Brown University.
Marilyn Sobel is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Boston University. She has worked in the Corporate Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP as an associate, partner and of counsel where she has acquired decades of experience in mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. She is a regular participant in panels and trainings about the private equity industry at the Practicing Law Institute. She also has served and continues to serve on several non-profit boards of directors including the NYU Law Alumni Association and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
Clinic Fellows and Supervising Attorneys
Daniella Polar worked as an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP and as in-house counsel at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi before joining the Clinic. While at Shearman & Sterling, she represented financial institutions and multinational corporations in a variety of financing transactions. As in-house counsel, she advised the bank on its corporate and project financing activities in Latin America. She received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School.
Naveen Thomas is a Senior Fellow in the Business Law Transactions Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law. In addition to teaching in the clinic, he instructs the simulation course Contract Drafting. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Vellore Institute of Technology Law School in India and the founder of Thomas Law PLLC, a law firm that serves entrepreneurs and small businesses. Before joining NYU Law in 2014, Naveen was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the Executive Director of the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic and instructed separate courses on contract drafting and professional skills. He had previously worked as an attorney at Shearman & Sterling in New York, London, and Paris, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, and at Barros & Errázuriz Abogados in Santiago, Chile. Naveen holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from NYU, a JD from Columbia University, and a Master of Global Business Law from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po).
We want to do great work for our clients, focusing on providing practical and thoughtful support to non-profit and business leaders. As professors, we aim to give students opportunities to develop analytical, planning, editorial and counseling skills in the context of both live client projects and reality-grounded class work. It is important that we allow our students to see how business lawyers can serve the community by advising social enterprises and engaging in pro bono work, board service, leadership and volunteer activities.
Requesting Legal Assistance
If your organization is seeking legal assistance with a business law matter, please complete and submit this Request for Legal Assistance form along with the documents listed on the last page of the form. Please contact Naveen Thomas (email@example.com) or Daniella Polar (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.