On May 17, 2011, Patton Boggs’ pro bono client, the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), held its annual two-day conference in Washington, participating in over 85 meetings with key members of Congress organized by Patton Boggs’ attorneys in an effort to promote the organization’s initiatives.
ALLMEP, a coalition of 80 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, met with congressional leaders to press for continued support and funding for Middle East reconciliation initiatives through a successful USAID grant program established in 2008. Patton Boggs’ attorneys targeted legislators for meetings with the NGOs based on committees of jurisdiction most relevant to the Alliance’s objectives.
Also discussed during the meetings was the creation of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace aimed at providing economic support to Israelis and Palestinians engaged in projects to build cooperation and peace between their communities. These grassroots programs employ education, business, sports, interfaith dialogue and medicine to form and maintain a constituency in support of future peace agreements.
During the conference, Patton Boggs helped ALLMEP obtain the signatures of two dozen members of Congress on a letter in support of the requested funds. Patton Boggs’ Washington associates Matt Kulkin, Jean McCue, Taryn Frideres and Matt Dunn, along with staff attorney David Hain, public policy advisor Stacy Swanson and New York associate Kate Woodall organized the meetings. Significant contributions to the effort were also made by Washington associate and ALLMEP founder, Avi Meyerstein, as well as Washington associates Maria Wolvin, Brett Merfish, Lindsey Weber, Scott Thompson and Eric Rasmussen.
"There is no day that ALLMEP does not benefit from the extraordinary expertise and energy of the Patton Boggs team....but these two days stand unrivalled in their professional execution and effective advocacy,” said ALLMEP's executive director, Sana Shtasel, at the conference’s conclusion. "ALLMEP is grateful for this tremendous support and welcomes all Patton Boggs' participation in our continuing and fascinating quest for peace."