Courtney Darts is Legal Director at Pro Bono Partnership, an organization that provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofits serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In her current role, Courtney oversees the Partnership’s legal and educational programs. She also provides direct legal services to nonprofit organizations in New York and Connecticut, focusing on nonprofit, tax-exempt, and corporate governance matters.
Prior to becoming Legal Director, Courtney was Director of Education and Staff Attorney at the Partnership for several years. Before joining Pro Bono Partnership, she was in private practice. Courtney is admitted to the bar in Connecticut and New York. She is a graduate of Fairfield University and Fordham University School of Law.
David G. Samuels joined Duval & Stachenfeld LLP as a partner in 2006. He is Chair of the Firm’s Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and its Employment Practice Group. Mr. Samuels has, since 2007, been named annually as one of the Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers in the New York metropolitan area in the category of Non-Profit/Charities Law. He was named by Best Lawyers as its New York City Non-Profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year for 2016 and again in 2018.
Mr. Samuels has extensive experience representing numerous public charities and private foundations, including social service agencies, grant-making foundations, mental health facilities, educational organizations, and religious institutions. His clients include New York University, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, Atran Foundation, Amherst College, Case Western Reserve, Hebrew Academy for Special Children, Social Science Research Council, the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, and the YWCA of the City of New York.
Mr. Samuels is a recognized expert on a wide range of issues involving charitable organizations, including compensation, governance, fiduciary duty, self-dealing and conflict of interest, prudent investments, and endowments and restricted funds. He teaches the course on Charitable Organizations as an adjunct professor at New York Law School. Mr. Samuels is former chair and a member of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He has chaired and participated in numerous continuing legal education and accounting education programs on nonprofit issues. Mr. Samuels is the lead editor and co-author of a treatise, Nonprofit Compensation, Benefits, and Employment Law, and has written extensively on nonprofit issues with numerous articles published in the New York Law Journal and elsewhere. He is also an experienced civil and appellate litigator and employment lawyer.
Mr. Samuels received an A.B. degree (cum laude) from Harvard College in 1974, a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978, and an LL.M. from NYU School of Law in 1985. Mr. Samuels was Deputy Chief of the New York AG’s Charities Bureau from 1987 to 1995. He was previously a partner at Perlman & Perlman and at Butler, Fitzgerald & Potter. Mr. Samuels is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in New York.
Nancy Eberhardt is the Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership, which provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Nancy provides overall leadership for strategy, operations, financial oversight and fundraising.
Prior to this appointment, Nancy worked for 14 years providing direct legal services to New Jersey non-profit groups, counseling nonprofit executives and board members on a variety of corporate and transactional legal areas including corporate formation and application for federal tax-exemption; corporate structure and governance; federal and state tax requirements and liabilities; compliance and registration; legal issues in fundraising; and lobbying and political activities. Nancy also recruited corporate legal departments and law firms to participate in providing legal services, supervises client outreach, and assists in coordinating nonprofit educational programs in New Jersey.
Nancy was formerly an associate at Riker Danzig LLP, with a focus on environmental law. Nancy currently serves on the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and has been an adjunct professor in Department of Public Administration at Kean University. She has served as trustee on the boards of Morris County United Way, Children on the Green, Passaic River Coalition, and several smaller New Jersey nonprofit organizations.
She 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.
Sharon Stapel is President of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of NY (NPCC) www.npccny.org. NPCC encourages strong, transparent, and informed nonprofit management and advocates for fair and reasonable nonprofit public policy with its nearly 1,700 nonprofit members and a robust Government Relations Council. Prior to joining NPCC, Sharon was the Executive Director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where she worked on national and local LGBTQ policy issues and was named a White House Champion of Change. Sharon sits on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, the Mayor’s Nonprofit Resiliency Committee, the Ahead of the Curve coalition of NYC capacity builders, the Board of CUNY Law School’s Main Street Legal Services, and the Advisory Board of Answer: Sex Ed, Honestly.
In addition to her work at NPCC and AVP, Sharon directed domestic violence legal programs at South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society, where she created Legal Aid’s first dedicated domestic violence project. Sharon is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at CUNY Law School and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College and worked at anti-violence organizations in Massachusetts and South Africa. Sharon is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and CUNY Law School, and lives in Brooklyn with her wife and children.