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NYC, Friday, November 13, 2015 Windy across the state. Mostly sunny downstate, chance of showers in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, high 57; Albany, high 54; Buffalo, high 48.
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New York Women’s Foundation Joins Others in $100 Million Pledge to Support Economic Security of Women and Families

Today The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) joined 27 public U.S. women’s foundations, along with the Women’s Funding Network, in announcing Prosperity Together, a five-year, $100 million funding initiative to create opportunities and break down barriers to women’s economic security across the United States, Philanthropy New York reports.
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Nonprofit Hospital Reaches Settlement on Taxes

In a tax settlement that could have implications for nonprofit hospitals in New Jersey and beyond, Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center agreed to pay the Town of Morristown, N.J, more than $15 million over the next decade, including deferred interest. Morristown has challenged the hospital’s property tax exemption, arguing that the system relies on for-profit doctors charging high fees for treatments, and no longer serves its nonprofit purpose, with the addition of gift shops, restaurants and cafes, and other facilities outside its nonprofit mission, The NonProfit Times reports. Read more.
Legal Battles Likely As Schools Put Transgender Policies into Practice

A legal skirmish in a Western New York school district over policies for treating transgender and gender non-conforming students has education attorneys statewide bracing for more widespread litigation. Districts are now navigating where students will stay during overnight field trips, where they should change for physical education classes and whether or not there should be designated bathrooms, Politico New York reports:
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New York Law School Receives $5 Million Gift to Establish the Plumeri Center For Social Justice and Economic Opportunity
 
As it celebrates its 125th Anniversary, New York Law School (NYLS) is the recipient of a $5 million gift from Joe and Susan Plumeri through The Joe Plumeri Foundation. The gift will support New York Law School's nationally recognized practical training programs by establishing The Joe Plumeri Center for Social Justice and Economic Opportunity (“The Plumeri Center”). The Plumeri Center will be the home of the School's law firm where a diverse client base drawn from all of New York City will receive free, high-quality legal services. The Plumeri Center houses NYLS’s more than 20 legal clinics, provides the space for extensive simulation training in both the first-year Legal Practice program and upper-level courses, and includes a moot court room with an accompanying jury deliberation room. With a direct entrance from the street, The Plumeri Center will enhance the visibility and accessibility of the School’s clinical services, allowing the faculty and students to serve a wider array of clients in need of legal counsel and representation. The Center aims to be the premier place in New York City that clients can turn to for a breadth of legal services ensuring fairness and equal opportunity. The donation is among the largest in the School's history, and one of the largest donations ever to a law school to enhance clinical and experiential learning.
 
“NYLS is immensely grateful to Joe and Susan Plumeri. Their generous and visionary gift will allow NYLS to fully realize the experiential learning model of a modern legal education, ensuring students have the practical training and knowledge to effectively represent a wide range of client needs,” said NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. “Joe is someone who firmly believes that you learn best by doing. His recent advice to our students at Commencement was to ‘Go play in traffic and find out what is possible,’ and his donation will ensure that they have cutting-edge experiential learning and are ready for today’s legal job market. For law students, the experience of being lawyers—whether counseling a client on business development issues or making a presentation to a public interest law organization—can be a powerful way to learn.”
 
 “The American dream is alive and well at NYLS,” said Mr. Plumeri. “It is truly New York’s law school, with a student body as diverse as New York City itself, filled with real people pursuing their dreams and who will help others pursue theirs. At the Plumeri Center, people looking for opportunity will find an open door for securing a wide breadth of legal services.” Susan Plumeri, Mr. Plumeri’s spouse, added, “The people whom the Plumeri Center will support have the same dream that Joe’s grandfather had when he came to America from Sicily. This gift to New York Law School will enable the School’s students to help their clients create new opportunities for themselves and their families for generations to come.”
 
Building on a historic commitment to public interest advocacy for under-represented clients, typically focused on litigation, NYLS has differentiated itself from other law schools with the introduction of strong business-oriented clinics designed both to provide services to those who cannot afford representation and to give students crucial experience in the kinds of work they may later undertake in practice. These have already included clinics focusing on small business development, securities arbitration, tax planning for businesses, patent prosecution before the Patent and Trademark Office to assist innovators, and real estate/conservation. The Law School also has a clinic focused on social entrepreneurship, which seeks to design and implement solutions addressing root causes of social challenges through the development of business ventures that reflect innovative responses to social needs. Additionally, NYLS plans to launch a private entrepreneurship clinic that will help clients launch businesses focused on the innovation economy, providing legal counsel and assistance with finding venture capital opportunities.
 
In addition to the business-related clinics, The Plumeri Center houses clinics that serve the needs of individuals in matters such as immigration, civil rights, and elder law. As the needs of the community change, The Plumeri Center can be responsive, as with the introduction this fall of the Veterans Justice Clinic which will provide students an opportunity to offer legal assistance to low-income veterans on matters such as housing, access to benefits, and civil rights.
 
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* New York City’s unemployment rate plummeted to its lowest rate since 2008, dropping to 5.4 percent according to the Quarterly Economic Update set to be released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer later today. Read more. 

* De Blasio's two proposals to alter the city's zoning rules with a goal of spurring more low- to middle-income housing were met with mixed reviews during community meetings in the Bronx and Queens, Politco New York reports. Read more

* Prosecutors argued Assemblyman Sheldon Silver received illegal payments for using his influence to benefit big political donor Glenwood Management, according to a document produced at his corruption trial, The New York Times reports.  Read more. 
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NYTimes Neediest Cases: Mother of 3 Regains Her Footing After Being Shot

The New York Times' Neediest Cases profiles Yennifez Marte who was told she had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ended up in New York City's shelter system after becoming an unintended victim in a gang-related shooting in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Ms. Marte learned about Semiperm Housing, which is supported by the Community Service Society of New York and helps homeless single parents and their children find permanent housing.  
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