ABA Section of Business Law Selects Stroock for 2009 National Public Service Award
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced today that it was chosen by the American Bar Association Section of Business Law to receive the 2009 National Public Service Award.
The National Public Service Award recognizes significant pro bono legal services that demonstrate a commitment to providing services to the poor in a business context, and recognizes the achievements resulting from the public service work for the clients and the client groups represented.
Stroock was nominated by the City Bar Justice Center, Lawyers Alliance for New York, The Legal Aid Society and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for its outstanding business pro bono work and commitment to pro bono service with a special focus on underserved and under-resourced communities in New York City. Michael A. Rothenberg, Executive Director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and chief nominator lauded Stroock’s strategic selection of business law matters with an eye towards building long-term general counsel relationships, stating, “We are truly impressed with the excellence and breadth of the legal services provided by the firm to a broad variety of worthy organizations.”
Specific matters in which Stroock’s Public Service Project provided extensive assistance to small business owners include the City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project; The Legal Aid Society’s Community Development Project; and projects in the South Bronx and Brooklyn with Lawyers Alliance for New York and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Stroock also provided general counsel assistance to Fair Mortgage Collaborative; Urban Tech; Responsible Endowment Coalition and Global Workers Justice Alliance.
Kevin Curnin, director of Stroock’s Public Service Project, remarked, “This is a real honor from the ABA, especially at a time of great stress on the system for delivery of legal services to the poor. This is a critical time for pro bono business law, not only to revitalize long-impoverished communities, but to keep others from out of poverty, one person, one business and one street corner at a time.”
About the ABA’s National Public Service
The Section initiated the National Public Service Award in 1994 as part of its pro bono efforts. Each year, the Section recognizes the pro bono efforts of an individual business lawyer, as well as the collective efforts of a law firm or corporate law department. Award recipients have demonstrated dedication to the development or delivery of pro bono business legal services, contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to the delivery of pro bono business legal services, and/or provided sustained pro bono business legal counsel to nonprofit organizations or to microbusinesses in aid of community development.
About Stroock’s Public Service Project
The Public Service Project is the cornerstone of the firm’s longtime commitment to serving the public interest. Created in March 2001 after a century of firm service to pro bono matters, organizations and advocacy, the Public Service Project provides a broad array of legal assistance, with a special focus on underserved and under-resourced communities in New York City. Stroock’s innovative approach seeks to build our pro bono practice in much the same way we build our commercial practice areas. A principal goal has been to engage attorneys from our transactional departments in increasingly sophisticated pro bono matters. Our transactional matters typically pair pioneering clients with diverse teams of Stroock attorneys who have a broad and complementary range of experience. Our aim is to provide comprehensive service, drawing on our expertise in tax, insolvency, intellectual property, employment, real estate, financial restructuring, structured finance and general corporate law.