Stroock and pro bono client Second Wind recognized by LA Gov. Blanco for their assistance in the creation of new $100M Small Business Grant Program.
Stroock and its pro bono client, Second Wind, had a significant win in its battle for aid for small businesses affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. On December 7th, Louisiana Governor Blanco announced a $100 million grant program for small businesses – this is the first program designated to aid small businesses in New Orleans. Stroock was instrumental in making this program happen, and was thanked by name (along with Second Wind) at the Governor’s press conference.
Second Wind is a nonprofit grassroots organization formed by small businesses in and around New Orleans. In early 2006, Stroock and its partners, Citigroup and The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, helped establish Second Wind. Stroock serves as general counsel and provides pro bono legal counsel for the organization. It is very similar to the work that Stroock did with “From the Ground Up” in the wake of 9/11. That work was likewise credited with saving small businesses, making this the second time Stroock has been instrumental in the recovery of a city’s small business infrastructure in the wake of a disaster.
Stroock’s work with Second Wind has garnered attention from several national media outlets including CNBC’s “On the Money,” multiple articles in The New York Times, Times-Picayune, New York Law Journal and The Associated Press.
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