Kevin O’Neill, a partner in the firm’s Washington office, was featured by Roll Call on April 20, 2010, about his pro-bono work for the nation’s two largest umbrella groups for fraternities and sororities, the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference.
Mr. O’Neill, vice chair of the firm’s public policy practice, told the newspaper that there are 141 Members of Congress who have pledged into the Greek system. Mr. O’Neill, a Lambda Chi Alpha at Syracuse University, told the newspaper that he hoped to use that common bond when current students and alumni of the Greek system lobby Capitol Hill.
The group is seeking to enact tax legislation that it says would help restore aging Greek houses and bring them into compliance with updated safety standards
The group’s biggest priority is passing a bill that would address the disparity between universities and nonprofit organizations, such as fraternities and sororities, for the creation and improvement of college infrastructure, according to Roll Call.
Universities are allowed to accept tax-deductible charitable donations for college infrastructure improvements, such as dorms. Fraternities and sororities, as well as religious-affiliated organizations, cannot.