A Brown Rudnick trademark team has been recognized by Lawyers Alliance for New York for its outstanding volunteer accomplishments.
On Aug. 1, the nonprofit highlighted the pro bono work of Associate Dean Ramanathan, Partner Peter Willsey, and paralegal Debbie Oakes on behalf of Lawyers Alliance client White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL). The organization enlisted the team in February 2021 for assistance trademarking WC4BL’s name and logo. As a result of registering its trademarks, WC4BL can promote its brand with increased confidence and security.
“During the anti-racist uprisings that occurred throughout the summer of 2020, the profile of our organization grew tremendously, and it became difficult to control the use of our name,” said Charlotte Austin, the co-founder of WC4BL. “The lawyers at Brown Rudnick met with us to understand our organization and our needs and helped us apply for a trademark for our name and our logo. We’re very grateful for their help!”
Founded by medical students in response to the police-involved deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, WC4BL has been working to eliminate racial bias in the practice of medicine and recognize racism as a threat to the health of people of color for almost a decade. WC4BL functions both as a national working group (WC4BL National) and a local organization with approximately 75 chapters at medical schools throughout the United States.
Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps organizations to provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages.
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