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Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Inc.

 61 Batterymarch Street, 5th Floor
 Boston, MA 02110
[P] (617) 9880624
[F] (617) 482-4392
www.lawyerscom.org
iespinoza@lawyerscom.org
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal
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INCORPORATED: 1968
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EIN 04-3490614

LAST UPDATED: 01/27/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association (2012)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice is a private, non-profit, non-partisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. The Committee’s mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil, social, and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. We handle major law reform cases as well as legal actions on behalf of individuals. We also engage in public policy advocacy, community legal education, community economic development, and other legal services that further the cause of civil rights.

Mission Statement

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice is a private, non-profit, non-partisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. The Committee’s mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil, social, and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. We handle major law reform cases as well as legal actions on behalf of individuals. We also engage in public policy advocacy, community legal education, community economic development, and other legal services that further the cause of civil rights.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $796,500.00
Projected Expense $795,750.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Economic Justice Project

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice is a private, non-profit, non-partisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. The Committee’s mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil, social, and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. We handle major law reform cases as well as legal actions on behalf of individuals. We also engage in public policy advocacy, community legal education, community economic development, and other legal services that further the cause of civil rights.

Background Statement

On June 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy met with 250 leading American lawyers in the East Room of the White House to discuss the role lawyers could and should play in the deepening civil rights crisis. The nation recently had been shaken by television and news accounts of police-led violence against peaceful demonstrations led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and by the spectacle of U.S. Army intervention to enforce court orders requiring the University of Alabama to admit Black students against a defiant Governor Wallace. President Kennedy noted the special role that lawyers have played in the creation and maintenance of our constitutional system of government and the rule of law. The President, Vice President and Attorney General made a special appeal to the lawyers to mobilize the voice and work of the legal profession to support the struggle for civil rights in the nation. From this meeting, the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law was formed.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association was formed in 1968 in the midst of riots in Northern cities, the assassinations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and the findings of the Kerner Commission report. Funded with a grant from the Ford Foundation and contributions from major local law firms, the Boston-based Lawyers' Committee became the first of eight local affiliates of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. President Kennedy’s vision of the legal profession mobilizing its tremendous resources to support peaceful progress in civil rights had come home to his birthplace.

In 1973, the Lawyers' Committee became the first pro bono project of the Boston Bar Association. It is the only Lawyers’ Committee in the country affiliated with a major bar association. Although the Lawyers' Committee is now separately incorporated with its own 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, the Lawyers' Committee maintains strong ties with the Boston Bar Association.


Impact Statement

At a time when we were the first legal organization in the country to call for Airbnb and Amazon to root out discriminatory practices. Our efforts led Airbnb to adopt reforms to protect thousands of renters of color. Our work against these internet giants was featured in the Boston Business Journal and Boston Globe.  

At a time when income inequality is growing, we are providing At a time when the right to vote – a cornerstone of civil rights – is eroding nationally, we are expanding access to the ballot. In Fall 2016, we protected early voting in Massachusetts (featured in the Boston Globe), and spearheaded a non-partisan Election Protection campaign through a voter assistance hotline and field program staffed by more than 500 volunteers. 

At a time when Stopped, Frisked, and Searched” in the Bay State Banner). We are also helping to shape the conversation on policing through community outreach, including participation in the “Race in Boston” Town Hall.

At a time when racial harassment in schools remains all too common, we filed a federal civil rights complaint that led the U.S. Attorney to mandate reforms at Boston Latin School. We are building on this successful work by calling for greater diversity in public exam schools (highlighted in a Boston Globe).

At a time when diversity is critically needed in higher education, our New York Times – contributed to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory upholding use or race as one of many factors in college admissions.


Needs Statement

At the Lawyers' Committee, to achieve sustainability, we are institutionalizing systems that help us to think long-term as well as to manage our day-to-day operations.
 
Additionally, the Lawyers' Committee needs to focus on branding. Our goal is to become identifiable to the public through our logo and the look of our publications and other strategic communications.
 
Finally, we need to conduct a strategic plan to provide the organization with a three to five year blueprint and road map for success.
 

CEO Statement

At the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, our mission is the complete elimination of discrimination. We dream of a society where every person – regardless of race, color, creed, age, national origin, immigration status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability – can contribute their skills and talents to make Massachusetts a better place for all of us. This struggle does not belong to one or some of us – it belongs to all of us.

From our role in desegregating Boston’s public schools to our ongoing efforts to eradicate discrimination in the workplace, we are a catalyst for justice and equality. We are building on our rich legacy, expanding our work to make it even more diverse, inclusive, visible, and impactful. Our partnership with the private bar allows us to expand our reach exponentially. Together, we provide free legal services to individuals and small businesses in communities that are often deprived of justice because of barriers such as race, language, and national origin.

Our staff, Board of Directors, member firms, volunteers, and supporters are working in concert to move the struggle for civil rights from the streets to the courtroom. As we celebrate our 48th Anniversary in 2016, we continue to work together in the trenches of social justice to build a legacy of equality.
 
In the words of Maya Lin, the designer of the Civil Rights Memorial:
 
"Our lives are given meaning by our actions -- accomplishments made while we are here that extend beyond our own time."

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
Massachusetts (statewide). 

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Minority Rights
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Economic Development
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Public Interest Law

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

Economic Justice Project

The Economic Justice Project’s mission is to contribute to the economic growth of low-income communities by helping individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency and develop sustainable businesses.

Launched in September 2001, the Economic Justice Project (“EJP”) provides free legal assistance, business support, and education to minority, immigrant, and low-income entrepreneurs and small-business owners. EJP’s work furthers our vision of economic empowerment in disadvantaged communities by helping individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency and develop sustainable businesses. We also work with small-business owners who operate community-based businesses creating local jobs in under-served neighborhoods.

By connecting low-income entrepreneurs to law firms providing pro bono legal services, we work to close the opportunity gap and ensure that everyone receives quality legal representation. The businesses we support are economic engines fueling the growth of our Commonwealth.

Workshops: An intensive overview of the most common legal issues that small businesses face, including contract drafting, employment law, business entity formation, and leasing.

Clinics: Entrepreneurs receive one-on-one legal consultations with pro bono attorneys.

Pro Bono Representation: Entrepreneurs may qualify for ongoing pro bono legal assistance.

Budget  $125,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Small & Minority Business Development Programs
Population Served Minorities Blacks, African Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

At a time when income inequality is growing, we are providing free legal support to over 250 small businesses – engines for economic growth in disadvantaged communities (profiled in the Banner).

Program Long-Term Success 

To foster entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, we will conduct technical assistance workshops and seminars on business planning, entity formation, contracts, employment, and access to capital.

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal Esq.
CEO Term Start Apr 2015
CEO Email iespinoza@lawyerscom.org
CEO Experience

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. Iván has worked on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrant rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. His work has been featured in the New York Times and the Boston Globe.

Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Iván was the Legal Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), where he advised policymakers, including the White House, on LGBT/HIV issues.

Before joining CHLP, Iván worked at Lambda Legal, where he developed an initiative to address the legal needs of LGBT and HIV-affected people of color and low-income people.

Previously, he handled MALDEF’s immigrant rights docket. He served as counsel in a challenge to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, and was a member of the legal team that successfully defended a landmark U.S. Supreme Court voting rights case.

Before joining MALDEF, he was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. At the firm, he worked on the legal defense of an innovative municipal program in New Haven, Connecticut, that provides undocumented immigrants with an ID that allows them to receive city services they would not otherwise be able to access.

Iván clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit and the U.S. District Court, SDNY. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.

Honors & Awards:

  • OUTLaw Alumnus of the Year Award, NYU School of Law (2016)
  • Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color (2016)
  • Community Service Award, Queens Pride House (2014)
  • 21st Century Fellow, Rockwood Leadership Institute (2013)
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, National LGBT Bar Assoc. (2012)

Iván was profiled as an “Emerging Leader Fighting For Justice” in the Boston Business Journal.

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Oren M. Sellstrom Director of Litigation

Oren joined LCCR in 2015 as Litigation Director.  In that capacity, he oversees the organization’s litigation and advocacy work in all areas including education, economic justice, employment, and voting rights.

Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee in Boston, Oren worked for 18 years at the Lawyers’ Committee affiliate in San Francisco, first as a staff attorney and then as the organization’s Legal Director.  He has litigated numerous civil rights cases in federal and state court, including lawsuits aimed at dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline; cases to ensure equal voting rights for communities of color; and lawsuits successfully challenging restrictions on subsidized housing and healthcare for immigrant families.  Oren has also helped promote and defend a wide variety of programs to ensure equal opportunity for minority-owned businesses, including arguing and winning a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals preserving the California Department of Transportation’s contracting equity program.

Prior to his tenure at the Lawyers’ Committee affiliate in San Francisco, Oren worked as a legal services attorney; in private practice at a firm specializing in environmental and whistleblower litigation; and as a law clerk to the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of California.  He is a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School.

Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Lisa J. Pirozzolo Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation WilmerHale
Board Chair Term Sept 2015 - Sept 2017
Board Co-Chair Inez Friedman-Boyce
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Goodwin Procter
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2015 - Sept 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Navjeet Bal Social Finance Voting
Edward J. Barshak Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen Voting
Richard Belin Retired Voting
David Bowman Morgan Lewis Voting
Natasha Boye MassHousing Voting
Donna Brewer Miyares & Harrington Voting
Julie Bryan Casner & Edwards Voting
Steve Churchill Fairwork, P.C. Voting
Juan Concepcion MassDOT/MBTA Voting
Linda Davidson The Davidson Law Practice Voting
Wayne Dennison Brown Rudnick Voting
Thomas Dougherty Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom Voting
Tiffanie Ellis-Niles Lyles and Niles, LLP Voting
Vinita Ferrera WilmerHale LLP Voting
Rory FitzPatrick Cetrulo LLP Voting
Ana M. Francisco Foley & Lardner LLP Voting
Inez H. Friedman-Boyce Goodwin Procter, LLP Voting
David Godkin Birnbaum & Godkin, LLP Voting
David Henderson Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Voting
Anita F. Hill Brandeis University Voting
Paul Holtzman Krokidas & Bluestein LLP Voting
William Horne Retired Voting
Yalonda T. Howze Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Voting
Laurence Johnson David Malm & D'Agostine, P.C. Voting
Claire Laporte Foley Hoag Voting
Scott P. Lewis Anderson & Kreiger LLP Voting
John Lozada MassDOT/MBTA Voting
Matthew R. Lynch Nixon Peabody Voting
Eric Marandett Choate Hall & Stewart LLP Voting
Daniel Marx Foley Hoag Voting
Susan Mazur Latham & Watkins, LLP Voting
Neil McKittrick Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Voting
James Messenger Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP Voting
Paul Nemser Goodwin Procter, LLP Voting
Jody Newman Collora LLP Voting
Alexa O'Keefe Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Voting
Kenneth Parsigian Latham & Watkins, LLP Voting
Lisa Pirozzolo WilmerHale LLP Voting
Glendora Putnam Retired Voting
Loretta Richard Ropes & Gray LLP Voting
Robert H. Smith Suffolk University School of Law Voting
Laura Steinberg Sullivan & Worcester LLP Voting
Colin Van Dyke Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Voting
Harvey Wolkoff Ropes & Gray LLP Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 34
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 19
Male: 26
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are committed to Board diversity and we are identifying strategies for diversifying our Board across a broad spectrum encompassing age, race, sectors, and geography. Many of the people of color on our Board of Directors have served for many terms.  They are an active part of Board leadership and serve on our Executive Committee. To help foster the next generation of leaders, we are creating a pipeline for younger board members.  Since our Board members of color hold leadership positions with affinity bar associations (the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys), we are tapping into these network to identify younger and more diverse Board members.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $796,500.00
Projected Expense $795,750.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

Audit Documents

2015 Lawyers' Committee's Audited Financials

2014 Lawyers' Committee's Audited Financials

2013 Lawyers' Committee's Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $792,044 $632,375 $702,780
Total Expenses $716,144 $780,451 $651,045

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $622,055 $523,362 $532,917
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $28,895 $18,375 $50,871
Investment Income, Net of Losses $757 $521 $427
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $140,337 $90,117 $118,565
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $621,770 $716,209 $599,630
Administration Expense $94,374 $64,242 $51,415
Fundraising Expense -- $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 0.81 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 92% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $951,932 $896,964 $1,018,002
Current Assets $946,970 $891,131 $1,015,077
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $17,133 $38,065 $11,027
Total Net Assets $934,799 $858,899 $1,006,975

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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Financial Planning

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Spending Policy --
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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose We expect to launch a capital campaign in January 2018 in connection with our 50th Anniversary to establish an endowment for long-term organizational sustainability.
Campaign Goal $250,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2018 - Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 55.27 23.41 92.05

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In connection with the organization’s finances, the deficit we experienced in 2014 was an anomaly.  We have historically operated with fiscal health.  Our audited financial statements for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 all show that our annual revenues regularly exceeded our operating expenses.  In 2014, our annual fundraiser under-performed and we did not generate a significant amount of attorneys' fees. The organization also experienced leadership transition with the departure of our former executive director in 2014.  In 2015, we had a balanced budget and restored fiscal health to the organization.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


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