Kevin J. Curnin is a Partner and the Founding Director of Stroock’s Public Service Project. His responsibilities include management of the program, leading cases and advising and assisting associates and partners with their pro bono litigation and transactional work.

Mr. Curnin has handled or supervised a broad range of matters within the Public Service Project, from special education hearings to family and housing court matters, as well as counseling non-profit entities and micro-entrepreneurs. During his tenure, Mr. Curnin and the Public Service Project have won dozens of awards from city, state and national organizations, both public and private, including the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

Prior to his 2001 appointment as the Project’s first Attorney Director, Mr. Curnin spent more than five years handling a wide range of commercial litigation matters for Stroock. His areas of experience include insurance, banking, securities and arbitration. 


Since 2001, Mr. Curnin and the Public Service Project have received over 60 awards, including the following:

  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association Beacon of Justice Award
  • American Bar Association National Public Service Award
  • Lawyers Alliance of New York Cornerstone Award
  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Partnering for Justice Award
  • Her Justice / InMotion Commitment to Justice Award
  • Sanctuary for Families Above & Beyond Achievement Award
  • Urban Justice Center Law and Society Award
  • Legal Services NYC Pro Bono Service Award
  • City Bar Justice Center Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Pro Bono Services
For a complete list of awards received since 2001, visit the Stroock Public Service Project webpage.

Mr. Curnin has also been recognized by Super Lawyers for his work in general litigation.


  • President, Board of Directors, Association of Pro Bono Counsel, Inc.
  • Board of Advisors, Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution at Fordham Law School
  • Board of Directors, Touch Foundation


  • "Trump's Budget Would Silence Legal Services," Law360, April 3, 2017
  • "Love and Law in the Age of Trump," Law360, January 30, 2017
  • "Law Student Pro Bono Shines A Light on Civil Justice," Law 360, January 20, 2017 
  • "OPINION: Goodness First, Then Greatness," Law360, November 14, 2016
  • "OPINION: Pro Bono This Political Season," Law360, October 13, 2016
  • Co-author, "U.S. State Laws Addressing Human Trafficking: Education of and Mandatory Reporting by Health Care Providers and Other Professionals," Journal of Human Trafficking, May 31, 2016
  • "APBCo Statement of the Passing of Esther Lardent," Association of Pro Bono Counsel, April 4, 2016
  • "Pro Bono: The New Associate’s Compass to Success," Law360, October 27, 2015
  • Co-author, "Pope Francis and Pro Bono Publico," Law360, September 30, 2015
  • "Up the Irish: St. Paddy’s Is for Celebrating Pro Bono, Too," Law 360, March 16, 2015  
  • "The Year Ahead in Pro Bono, US and Abroad," Law360, January 8, 2015
  • "What Happens When Legal Aid Cuts Stimulate Pro Bono?" Law360, December 17, 2014
  • "Remembering Doar: Justice as a 4-Letter Word," Law360, November 25, 2014
  • "Pete Seeger and Social Justice," New York State Pro Bono Association Pro Bono News, Spring 2014, Vol. 24, No. 2
  • Co-author, "As Exonerations Grow, States Make Them Harder to Win," Law360, February 12, 2014
  • Co-author, "Any Pro Bono Brawl Should be for More Access to Justice," Law360, January 30, 2014
  • Co-author, "The Year Ahead in Pro Bono," Law360, January 2014
  • "Can Poverty Scholarship Guide Legal Interventions?" New York State Bar Association Pro Bono News, October 23, 2011
  • "Pro Bono at a Crossroads," New York Law Journal, October 29, 2009
  • Co-author, "End Game: Tips on Planning Successful Joint Projects Between Law Firms, Legal Services Providers," Cornerstone, September 2009
  • Co-author, "Missed Opportunities: Louisiana's Failure to Spur Economic Redevelopment After Katrina," Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Summer 2007, Vol. 16, No. 4


New York, 1996

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1996; Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Judicial Department, 1996


Clerk, Hon. Loretta A. Preska, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1995; Notes Editor, Urban Law Journal

M.A., with honors, University College Dublin, 1988

B.A., with honors, Dartmouth College, 1986



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