MCB VLP Volunteer Spotlight


Omari K. Sealy

Omari K. Sealy


The July 2010 MCB VLP Spotlight is on Omari K. Sealy who did not wait long to become involved in pro bono matters!  He has spent the majority of his almost two years here in Charlotte working with the Pro Bono for Nonprofits Program - a program managed by the Bar's Volunteer Lawyer Program.  The Program assists local, community-based non-profits obtain legal assistance for a variety of matters - whether it be applying for 501(c)(3) status, assisting in the purchase of real estate, formation of Board structure, etc.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this program, please contact Heather Blackley at 704/375-8624 or



MCB VLP:  Current Employer / number of years with current employer?

OS:   Moore & Van Allen PLLC / approx. 2 years


MCB VLP:  Area of Practice / Expertise?

OS:   Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions


MCB VLP:  Law School / Law School Graduation Year?

OS:   George Washington University School of Law/ 2008


MCB VLP:  How did you discover the Pro Bono for Nonprofits Program?

OS:   I asked our firm's pro bono coordinator whether she was aware of any transactional pro bono opportunities and she made me aware of this program.


MCB VLP:  What is a typical case like? 

OS:   A typical case may involve formation of corporate entities, preparation of governing documents and providing assistance with 501(c)(3) filings.


MCB VLP:  How many of these types of cases do you typically handle at one time?

OS:   One.


MCB VLP:  How do you prepare for handling such a case?

OS:   It depends on the clients needs.  Generally, we have a call to discuss the nonprofits goals and how I can be of assistance in achieving those goals.


MCB VLP:  Did you participate in any particular training so that you could handle these cases?

OS:   No, but I consulted with one of our tax attorneys to learn more about 501(c)(3) filings.


MCB VLP:  What is your hope for the future with regard to these issues?

OS:   I'd hope that transactional attorneys in Mecklenburg County continue to support Pro Bono for Nonprofits Program.  It's a great opportunity for us to support local nonprofit organizations and in turn the community at large.


MCB VLP:  How can the Mecklenburg County legal community help with similar cases? 

OS:   Contact Mary Jordan M. Samuel at the Mecklenburg County Bar.


MCB VLP:  What is the best advice you've received during your legal career?

OS:   Ask as many questions as possible.  Asking questions arms you with more information and provides you with more opportunities to learn.


MCB VLP:  What advice would you give others?

OS:   I would encourage others to become active in the local bar.  It's a great way to network and pick the brains of local attorneys.