CARES Act consultations

Approximately 60 of our lawyers have advised more than 20 nonprofits and small businesses on the benefits available to them through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families and small businesses adversely affected by the pandemic and preserves jobs for American industries.

We worked with our Corporate practice leaders to encourage transactional lawyers from across our U.S. offices to get involved. Our volunteer lawyers attended a virtual training to prepare them for one-on-one client consultations, which related primarily to the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as emergency loans, paid leave, and various tax programs. Our team also drafted a memo that was distributed to more than 100 of our Pro Bono and Citizenship partner organizations.

Our team also helped So Others Might Eat (SOME) obtain a US$4.5 million PPP loan. We have a longstanding relationship with SOME, which is one of the oldest, largest, and most effective organizations serving the homeless in Washington, D.C.

SOME was our Washington, D.C. office's first charitable partner and they are a regular destination for our volunteers.

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