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Pamela A. Mann

Pamela A. Mann



Illustrative Matters

  • Obtained cy pres relief for The Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York in   petitions to modify governance structure mandated by the 1801 will that created the Trust and to modernize the spending rules applicable to the Trust’s endowment funds. 
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a major national charity into allegations of impropriety by the Chief Executive Officer and advised the organization’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors on appropriate corrective action. 
  • Represented a national veteran’s organization in an investigation by the New York Attorney General into charitable solicitation fraud and, as a result of the investigation, secured for the organization $13.8 million in debt relief from its professional fundraisers.
  • Represented the American Music Center in a complex merger of equals with Meet the Composer, resulting in a new not-for-profit corporation, New Music USA. 
  • Assisted the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and a related charitable trust in the process of collapsing the trust into the Foundation. 
  • Assisted a small public charity set up to benefit a New York City park in successfully concluding an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. 
  • Prevailed in action against the American Society of Hypertension on behalf of President-Elect Jean Sealey contesting her removal from office. 
  • Advised a religious corporation and a related private school in spinning the school off into a separate educational corporation with governance ties to the parent corporation. 
  • Represented the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in the sale of its headquarters, successfully obtaining approval of its membership, the Charities Bureau of the New York Attorney General, and the New York Supreme Court, and, thereafter represented the Society in negotiating the terms of a cooperation agreement with the New York Public Library and a related donation of the Society’s genealogical materials to the Library for digitization. 
  • Represented the Fort Schuyler Alumni Foundation in an investigation by the Charities Bureau of the New York Attorney General which resulted in a formal acknowledgement by the Charities Bureau that the Foundation’s directors had not engaged in wrongdoing. 
  • In re Board of Trustees of the Museum of the American Indian (litigated cy pres petition as to obligation of trustees to maintain museum within New York State and negotiated agreement with the Museum and the Smithsonian Institution to create National Museum of the American Indian).
  • Abrams v. Sotheby Parke Bernet (challenge to auction of Jewish books and manuscripts owned by German rabbinical seminary, resulting in recovery of these materials by successor organizations). 
  • Legislative reform (participated in effectuating significant legislative changes, including comprehensive revision of statute regulating charitable solicitation, amendment of the standards for prudent investment of trust assets, and the revision of procedures governing the incorporation of not-for-profit organizations). 
  • Abrams v. Watson and Hughey, Co. (multi-state litigation effort to combat charitable solicitation fraud by use of deceptive sweepstakes).
  •  Abrams v. FDIC (litigation to recover $7 million in charitable assets on behalf of non-profit depositors in Freedom National Bank).

Education

  • B.A., 1970 Oberlin College (cum laude)
  • J.D., 1973 University of Pittsburgh

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