Transactional Law Clinic Helps Neezen Toze Theater Company Get On Stage

Over several semesters, students from the Transactional Law Clinic, under the supervision of director Jessica Murray, helped the Neezen Toze Theater Company in Tully, New York, complete several legal matters for the not-for-profit specializing in original children’s and family-oriented productions.

Trisha Black L’24, Amanda Hepinger L’23, Zebedayo Masongo L’23, Michael Ortizo L’24, Matthew Patrizio L’24, and Andrea Rojas L’23 drafted and filed a Certificate of Incorporation with New York State, drafted bylaws and other organizational documents, applied to the IRS for recognition of tax-exempt status, registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, applied to New York State for exemption from State Franchise and Sales taxes, and provided ongoing counsel to Neezen Toze leadership.

“On behalf of everyone associated with Neezen Toze, I would like to thank you for your diligence, kindness, patience, and effectiveness as our advocates in this, a process that would have likely taken us much longer (if we’d been able to complete it at all). Matthew and Michael, while you helped us over the finish line, we are well aware that this was a process shepherded by numerous members of the Clinic’s student staff and are eternally grateful for the help and support we received. I am not being hyperbolic when I say that I can’t imagine having done this by myself. Congratulations on your upcoming graduations, and best wishes in your future endeavors!” wrote Michael Lipton, Creator and President of Neezen Toze.