Team IMPACT Team IMPACT is a nonprofit that was chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Core to the organization’s model is harnessing the power of teamwork by matching courageous children with college athletic teams. Team IMPACT children are “drafted” onto local college teams and, to the greatest extent possible, become official members of the teams for the duration of their treatment and beyond. Mintz Levin has assisted Team IMPACT since its inception, providing advice related to corporate structure, reviewing releases used in the course of the organization’s mission, and assisting in the hiring of a new executive director, among other projects. A number of attorneys have been instrumental in the representation, including Martha Zackin and Scott Ford. United Teen Equality Center Founded in the late 1990s, the United Teen Equality Center is a “by teens, for teens” youth center in Lowell, Massachusetts. Today, it is a vibrant youth-led agency that uniquely blends a drop-in, safe-haven center with structured violence prevention, youth development, and job-training activities. In 2005, the center found a permanent home and started a campaign to renovate and expand its space. Mintz Levin previously assisted the organization in creating a 501(c)(3) entity to make use of New Market Tax Credits for financing and renovation. In 2012, attorneys Colin McNiece and Jennifer Sacco Smith continued to help the United Teen Equality Center with additional matters raised during the renovation process. Those matters included determining building rights and establishing an agreement with an abutting property owner. Veterans of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom Headquartered in San Diego, Veterans of Operation Iraqi/ Enduring Freedom is a national outreach organization dedicated to helping veterans of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom and their families recognize undiagnosed and treatable medical conditions associated with service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. The organization reaches out to veterans at or below the poverty level, many of whom are unemployed or unable to hold long-term employment positions due to their treatable medical conditions, and makes them aware of the availability of benefits, assists them in seeking treatment and benefits, advocates for treatment, and provides basic support to their families during their medical treatment. Attorneys Sebastian Lucier and Melanie Ruthrauff and Legal Assistant Joan Raulston helped relocate the organization’s 501(c)(3) registration from Missouri to California, and continue to provide corporate advice. Attorneys Justin Nahama and Scott Biel provide guidance and advice to the organization on a variety of legal issues relating to its operations and services. Volunteer Lawyers Project: Chapter 7 Initiative To help the rapidly increasing number of low-income individuals who need a fresh start in the wake of the recession, Mintz Levin has been working with the Volunteer Lawyers Project to provide pro bono representation to clients seeking consumer debt relief through Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Attorneys Ella Shenhav, Adrienne Walker, Rick Mikels, Kevin Walsh, Jill Collins, Manny Vazquez, Eric Blythe, Abby O’Brient, Pat Sharkey, AllisonWhitmore, and Caroline Gammill, former Mintz Levin attorney Travis Blais, and Legal Specialists Jackie Cannata and Donna Bergamo have helped lead numerous low-income clients toward financial independence. Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association The Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association of the Bronx, also known as the Riverdale Y, is a large Jewish community center. Attorneys Andy Roth, Sarah Lowe, and Jeff Moerdler, a member of the organization’s board, assisted the Riverdale Y in an affiliation with the Riverdale Jewish Community Relations Council.