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Cooney, Scully and Dowling is privileged to assist hundreds of religious, educational, and social services organizations with their legal services needs.

We have considerable experience establishing Connecticut non-stock corporations and obtaining IRS determinations of tax-exempt status. Our not-for-profit clients turn to us for advice regarding leases, contracts, loans, real estate purchases, and planned giving issues. We counsel on topics ranging from development of board policies and conflict of interest standards, to employment issues, to questions concerning unrelated business income. Our attorneys provide workshops for organizations on boardsmanship, policy drafting, employment issues, and legally required sexual harassment training.

We represent non-profit organizations in court and before state and local agencies, such as the Department of Public Health, Department of Children and Families, the Department of Developmental Services, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and town zoning boards.


The large number of non-profit religious organizations we count as clients include the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, and the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers. Our principal clients include social service agencies such as Catholic Charities and Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation, residential or elderly care facilities such as Cathedral Green and New Foundations, non-profit professional associations, and many educational institutions including Lauralton Hall, Our Piece of the Pie, the Archdiocese of Hartford’s elementary and secondary schools, as well as several boards of education.

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