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Serving on a Nonprofit Board – Practical and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys


Speaker(s): Courtney Darts, Nancy Eberhardt
Recorded on: Jul. 12, 2016
PLI Program #: 186774

Courtney Darts is Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York. Each year, more than 2,000 attorneys volunteer with Lawyers Alliance to assist hundreds of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City’s neighborhoods. Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance, Ms. Darts was an attorney at Pro Bono Partnership, where she advised nonprofits on corporate governance and tax-exempt matters and held several leadership positions, including Legal Director. Earlier in her career, she was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.  Ms. Darts is a member of the New York City Bar Committee on Non-Profit Organizations and is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and Fairfield University.


Nancy Eberhardt is the Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services to nonprofits serving communities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.  Nancy is responsible for advancing the mission of Pro Bono Partnership and leading the staff and legal programs. Involved in all areas of the organization, Nancy sets strategy, provides operations and financial oversight, recruits volunteer attorneys, promotes client outreach and education, and serves as liaison to the Partnership’s Board of Directors.

Prior to her Executive Director appointment, Nancy was the Director of the Pro Bono Partnership New Jersey Program for 12 years. Before that, she was in private practice with a focus on environmental law. Nancy served for many years on the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits, and was previously an adjunct professor in the Department of Public Administration at Kean University.

Nancy is admitted to the bar in New Jersey, and is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and of Rutgers School of Law — Newark.