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May 3, 2021

New York State Bar Association

We would like to congratulate Kevin Curnin, who received the New York State Bar Association’s 2021 President’s Pro Bono Service Award.

Kevin is being recognized for providing pro bono legal services to some of New York State’s most disadvantaged individuals and small businesses. The NYSBA estimates “that more than 2 million unrepresented litigants have civil legal cases pending in New York State Courts.” Each year, the NYSBA recognizes individual attorneys, law students, law firms, corporate counsel and government offices. Kevin is being recognized in particular for founding and leading the Small Business Legal Relief Alliance, which has helped over 600 small businesses deal with the business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kevin is Founding Director of Stroock’s Public Service Project, the cornerstone of the firm’s longtime commitment to serving the public interest. Created in March 2001, the Public Service Project provides a broad array of legal assistance, concentrating on underserved and under-resourced communities in New York City, and is a national leader in providing critical legal pro bono services in response to national disasters.

In addition to managing the program, Kevin leads cases and advises associates and partners with their pro bono litigation and transactional work. Kevin supervises a broad range of matters, from special education hearings to family and housing court disputes. He is counsel to non-profit entities and micro-entrepreneurs. During his tenure, Kevin and the Public Service Project have won dozens of awards from city, state, and national organizations, including the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

Kevin served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pro Bono Council for six years and was President of APBCo in 2017. Before his 2001 appointment as the Project’s first Attorney Director, Kevin spent more than five years in commercial litigation at Stroock. His areas of commercial experience include insurance, banking, securities, and arbitration. Since 2001, Kevin and the Public Service Project have received over 85 awards.

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