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Helen P. O’Reilly Named Chief Legal Counsel at SCO Family of Services

April 18, 2024 / SCO News

(Garden City, NY) – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of essential human services for over 125 years, announced the appointment of Helen P. O’Reilly as Chief Legal Counsel to further strengthen and guide the agency in its mission-driven work to improve the lives and well-being of New York’s children, adults, and families.

As the agency’s Chief Legal Counsel, Ms. O’Reilly represents SCO in all legal matters; provides legal guidance to the President, executive leadership, and staff; and acts in an advisory capacity on major projects. She leads SCO’s in-house legal services department, reviews contractual agreements, and serves as the liaison for outside legal counsel to ensure that SCO complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

“This is an exciting time at SCO, and I am pleased to welcome Helen O’Reilly to our senior leadership team,” remarked Suzette Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of SCO Family of Services. “Helen is an accomplished professional whose deep legal expertise and understanding of the complex issues facing the human services sector will be a tremendous asset to SCO and the people we have the privilege to serve.”

Ms. O’Reilly joins SCO with over twelve years of legal experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as the inaugural General Counsel at The Fresh Air Fund where she provided legal and business advice on a wide range of matters. She was previously a Litigation Attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, a global legal practice that advises corporate, foundation, and not-for-profit clients. O’Reilly began her professional career as Parent Advocate for vulnerable children and families in the New York City juvenile justice system. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

“I deeply admire SCO’s work in our communities, and I am honored to be part of a team that provides life-changing supports and services to help children and families thrive,” said Helen O’Reilly, Chief Legal Counsel. “As Chief Legal Counsel, I will show up every day ready to do all I can to support our clients and staff and preserve and protect SCO’s integrity and vitality for years to come.”

About SCO Family of Services
SCO Family of Services helps New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. SCO has played a vital role delivering human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island for over 125 years. For more information, please visit www.sco.org.


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