Horses and Nature with the Oblong Trail Association


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Oblong Trail Association

Lisa M. Nousek’s main area of concentration is in complex civil litigation. A partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a New York City-based law firm, Lisa M. Nousek likes to spend her spare time with her horses and is a member of the Oblong Trail Association (OTA).

A nonprofit venture, the OTA’s parent organization is the Oblong Land Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving the natural and rural environs around Pawling, Dover, in Dutchess County, New York. The OTA was founded in November 1, 2000, to promote equestrian and nature walking pursuits in the area and encourage horse and nature-loving people to preserve and live in the area as well.

A proposed trail for horseback riding and walking is planned and discussed by all stakeholders including OTA board members and land owners. Once the trial is agreed upon, a team marks the trail with GPS trail markers to generate a trail map. There are specific rules and guidelines that must be followed when using the trail. The OTA is funded by membership fees and tax-deductible donations.

The OTA will hold its 2016 Invitational Walk & Ride at a date to be announced.


Lawyer Assistance Program Offers Mental Health Support in New York


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Lawyer Assistance Program

A partner of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Armonk, New York, Lisa M. Nousek focuses on civil litigation cases and has particular experience in trials and cases regarding product liability. Lisa M. Nousek also belongs to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The NYSBA offers a number of programs and resources for lawyers and legal professionals, such as the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP).

LAP offers resources and support for attorneys, judges, law students, and their immediate families who are affected by depression, stress, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. The program operates a confidential 1-800 helpline and email service with a focus on helping legal personnel maintain their quality of life and professional conduct through prevention, early identification, and intervention. With confidentiality protected under Section 499 of the Judiciary Law, LAP provides services that range from treatment plan development and assessment to depression resources and training programs for drug abuse, alcoholism, and stress management. It also refers impaired attorneys to self-help groups, outpatient counseling, detoxification and rehabilitation, and other community resources.

Services are voluntary and completely complementary through the NYSBA’s model policy for addressing impairment issues regarding mental health and substance abuse challenges. The NYSBA’s house of delegates and executive committee approved the model on April 10, 2010 with the purpose of supporting law firms, bar associations, and other legal departments.

Supporting Friends of Karen

Lisa M. Nousek earned her juris doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 2005 and spent the next year clerking for a federal judge. In 2006, she joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where she is a partner focusing on complex civil litigation, including product liability cases. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Lisa M. Nousek contributes her time and resources to several charitable endeavors, including Friends of Karen.

Friends of Karen started in 1978 after Karen MacInnes was diagnosed with Lafora’s disease, a rare genetic disorder. Her family wanted to take the 16-year-old girl home to spend her last months surrounded by friends and family. Sheila Peterson, a family friend, initiated a neighborhood fundraiser to help defray the cost of Karen’s care. After she passed, Karen’s family persuaded Ms. Peterson to continue the fundraising efforts to support other families in the same situation.

Friends of Karen is the only organization based in the New York City metropolitan area that provides a comprehensive range of services at no cost to families caring for children diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. The organization has supported more than 5,500 children and their families and works with 22 of the major hospitals in the New York metropolitan area to provide emotional support, financial assistance, and advocacy. Emotional support includes guidance, bereavement counseling, and a sibling support program. Financial assistance consists of direct payment of expenses not covered by insurance as well as basic living expenses for families whose parents stop working to care for their children. Advocacy action ensures that families have access to benefits available from the government, pro bono legal counsel, and special educational requirements.

Friends of Karen also sponsors a Holiday Adopt-A-Family program to help brighten Christmas and Hanukkah and distributes birthday gifts to sick children and their siblings.